Hair – Cut?

Here is the dealio:

My hair is waist length. I have not had a trim or cut since my birthday in June, two years ago. This is the longest it has ever been.

I am having regular headaches. Time to re-think the effort.

My 30th birthday is coming up. What better way to mark the occassion than by donating my locks?

I would also be contented with just getting a few inches taken off…but that isn’t as dramatic as chopping off a foot or more of braid. 🙂


19 Responses to “Hair – Cut?”

  1. 1 karen April 29, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    remember when you get it cut to have them cut a couple ponytails or braids off. esp. if your hair is of different lengths.
    BTW – I don’t know if you ever show your hair (except at home) but if you do you want to consider how your coverings are going to look.
    Also, if you have any that are fitter for your bun – well they will need to be altered. 🙂
    Good luck – I would say post pictures – but I don’t think you will. 🙂

  2. 2 alana April 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I actually voted for you to donate. If your hair is giving you headaches, it’s not “glorious”.

  3. 4 Anna April 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Just a pic of the cut braid, if it gets chopped.

  4. 5 Bethany April 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    You know, Anna, depending on how long your hair is, you may be able to donate a cut ponytail and STILL have relatively long hair. I would definitely at least fix up the headaches, though. Long hair is a glory, but it shouldn’t be a health hazard 🙂


  5. 6 Angela April 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I voted donate. I have twice grown my hair to my waist and then donated it to Locks of Love – my husband and I both really loved it long, but felt that it was a small personal sacrifice that could really bless a child. besides, it grows back, and you’ll save $ on shampoo with it shorter! 😉

  6. 7 Megan April 29, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    The headaches seem like a hint that it’s time to cut it, and your hair could help other people too 🙂

  7. 8 Amber April 30, 2009 at 6:56 am

    I too voted to cut and donate. 🙂

    I think, if it’s a concern, that your hairs long enough that even after you get it cut it would be long. And it’s something of a health issue, since the weight is giving you headaches. Plus, you’re helping someone! None of these sound bad to me…

  8. 9 Bethanie April 30, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I think you should do whatever you and your husband think you should do. I know with my hair, when I feel it getting too heavy, I get a little trimmed off the bottom and it feels so much lighter.

    • 10 love4holiness May 12, 2009 at 7:05 am

      What about doing what the Scripture says we should do, shouldn’t the Bible be our first “go to” source for instruction?

      1 Corinthians Ch. 11 (the same headcovering chapter we’re all familiar with) clearly says it is a shame for a woman’s hair to be shorn or shaved.

      shorn – verb – to cut the hair; to cut or clip something; to cut or trim with shears or a similar instrument

      Does the Bible read, “Ladies, DO NOT CUT YOUR HAIR!” No, it doesn’t. But I would argue that the Bible also does not read,”WEAR A SEPARATE HEAD COVERING!” But most of us here agree that it tells us to do so at least sometimes if not at all times.

      • 11 love4holiness May 12, 2009 at 7:09 am

        Sorry, I wasn’t done & accidentally hit enter! =)

        If your hair gives you headaches, pray about it.
        If you are unsure about cutting, DON’T.

        Do you shuck your modest clothing because you’re hot in the summer? No.

        Should you cut your hair because you have headaches? No.

        Even if you might not consider it a SIN or Scriptural MANDATE, if the Word of God says cutting my hair is a SHAME…(it gives no indication of how much, just that cutting itself is a shame) then you’d better believe I am going to take that seriously. Why would anyone want to do something the Lord sees as shameful?

        Just my 2 cents for which I’m sure I’ll get lampooned but felt lead to share it…

  9. 12 farmersdaughterct April 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I’ve never had a problem with my hair giving me headaches, and I’ve had waist length (or even longer) my whole life. I’ve often though of donating it, but I simply can’t do it.

  10. 13 Amy Shaw May 1, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I voted to donate. But I also had another thought about the headaches. I know that your head coverings have been getting …er… more covering (for want of a better phrase). Are they tight around your head? I have found that I get headaches when I have a tight covering on. It was just a thought that I thought might be worth thinking about.

    Let us know what you decide. The great thing about hair is that is grows back!

  11. 14 Amy May 1, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I recently cut my past waist length hair due to increasing joint pain. It just became too much to care for properly without any help. If Peapod were older or my husband not deployed and thus somebody able to help when I need it, I would have kept it long, but until then, I chopped off my braid to be donated and don’t regret it. My hair will grow back quickly and until then, Peapod and I have “twin hairs” as she says. ;o)

  12. 15 Shelley May 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve read that hardly any of the hair that is donated is actually used for wigs as it is deemed not suitable. Maybe you want to find out exactly what they can use before you go ahead.

  13. 16 Shelley May 1, 2009 at 9:15 pm
    Here’s the article from the NYT, which says that 80% of the donated hair is either sold or discarded.

  14. 17 S. Marie May 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I had hair down to my knees. It was terribly hard to brush after a shower. I was actually dreading taking showers because of it. I was also kneeling on it at night when I went to change babys diaper, and that was painfull. I said enough is enough!
    I had my mom cut off 18 inches 2 weeks ago, and I still have hair halfway down my back! Locks of love gets another ponytail, and I still have enough of my glory for 2 sisters! I have not regretted it for a minute.
    God Bless
    I did make sure my husband didnt mind before i got to chopping:o)

  15. 18 Sarah May 2, 2009 at 2:56 am

    Same problem here. Not specifically that it is too heavy, but unless I keep my long braid literally wrapped around my neck, I find people actually feel entitled to grab it! I am chopping it off, but instead of donating the hair to Locks of Love, I am selling it and donating the money to another ministry. My sister and I both donated to LOL several times, until she did a little research and found some things we were both uncomfortable with. I hope your headaches are all gone now! 🙂

  16. 19 lmae123 May 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Donate. 🙂 The Lord wants us to have a servant’s heart. And our bodies really aren’t ours anyways. Just think of the young ladies who can benefit from your generosity. 🙂 The choice is yours above all. Blessings to you.


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