I've been growing my hair for the past year for Locks of Love and I'm trying so hard to be patient. It's definitely long enough to do now -- you donate 10" of hair. But if I did it today (which I have to be honest, I almost did!) my hair would be right above shoulder length. My stylist thinks that by February or March, it will be long enough to cut and have it be at a length that I will feel comfortable with. I took about 1/4 inch off today to freshen it up a bit, but it's at that point where I almost can't stand it anymore. If I can just hang on for a few more months, I'll be good for the donation, and I'll feel really good that I was able to do it - and maybe even still like my hair afterwards. Trust me, there's nothing worse than getting a hair cut and hating it. It's like being in a Halloween costume that you can't get out of. I spent a lifetime of bad hair cuts when I was a teenager. Always changing my hair color, my style.....finally in my early 20's I settled into a more traditional appearance. So I know what it's like to hate my hair, and I don't miss that feeling at all. To be selfless, yet selfish at the same time....this is the game I'm playing at the moment.
There is another organization - I'm not sure of the name of it - but they only need 8" instead of 10. If I can find out who they are, I may donate to them instead and cut this mane down a bit sooner rather than later. One would think that with the internet as it is, it should be a no brainer to find them. And yet, I'm struggling.