Have you heard of The Little Princess Trust? It’s a fantastic charity who make real hair wigs for children who’ve lost their own due to cancer treatment, using donated hair. You can read about the fantastic work the Little Princess Trust do here. A few weeks ago, Ava decided to donate some of her hair (at my suggestion). Thea wanted to donate hers too, but it wasn’t really long enough. So we also took her to get her hair cut, at Lifestyle Salons, where I normally go.
They were both so excited, and came bounding out of school ready to go! Here they are with their long hair.
How to Prepare Hair to Donate to the Little Princess Trust
There are instructions to follow for donating hair to the Little Princess Trust on their website, which we followed. In a nut shell, the hair needs to be clean and dry, and over 7inches/30cm long. Carla, our hairdresser, combed through Ava’s hair, and sectioned it into bunches, ready to cut.
Carla made sure the bunches were all even, and then cut off each section just above the top hair band.
I was a bit worried she would be upset, but she had a big grin on her face, especially after Carla handed her the first bunch.
What Happens Next When You Donate Hair?
When the precious donated hair is cut off, you need to put it in a clean freezer bag. Then just post it to the Little Princess Trust to add to other donated hair from other people. It takes up to eight donations to make one wig!
?After the hair was cut off, Carla straightened what was left, so she could neaten up the ends and give Ava a lovely style. Ava was so excited as she felt really grown up. She looks so little in the gown, doesn’t she.
Finally, Carla showed her the back, so she could see how much had been cut off. She loved it and kept posing in the mirror.
Although Ava had more hair cut off, Thea’s haircut actually turned out to be more dramatic, as she went for a bob with a fringe.
Here they are after their haircuts.
Here they are after their school discos this week, they told me loads of people at school thought they were new girls!
Since donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust, Ava’s hair is so much easier to wash and comb. We hope a child somewhere will enjoy Ava’s donated hair!