Monday, August 11, 2014

Great Haircut by @angelodavidhair – I cut off 13 inches to donate to @pantene #beautifullengths for women battling #Cancer

I recently met an amazing Stylist from Angelo David Salon in New York City at a recent Getting Gorgeous Event. They were offering Hair Touch Ups and my stylist Ivy listened to me about me wanting to make a real change to my hair and my style. She made a few recommendations, the first being cutting a bit of length to bring back the bounce to my hair. (You can check out a recap of Getting Gorgeous HERE in case you missed it).

I finally made the summer chop! It was LONG overdue and quite frankly it felt symbolically like I shed a ton of dead weight as she cut!

I tend to cut my hair shorter in summer, and this summer I decided to make a super huge cut, way shorter than I would normally cut my hair (my motto is 'always leave enough for a ponytail'), and I did it for a good cause!

The Big 'C' has definitely hit my family hard so Cancer Charities have always held a very special place in my heart and with my own recent Hospital Nightmare even more so. So I asked my stylist to measure my ponytail to see if I had enough to donate and I was pleasantly surprised that I had more than I even needed!

So my hair was cut in a ponytail which is the way it needs to be cut if you are going to donate it.

Hair Donation to Pantene Beautiful Lengths







Above: Check with where you plan to donate, but I am donating mine to Pantene's Great Lengths and they ask for 8 inches, as you can see mine is about 13 inches!

About Angelo David Salon:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ -  Over 20 years and located in the heart of midtown Manhattan

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - They offer Manhattan's Couture Hair Extensions and Hair Color customized to enhance your skin tone and eye color, hair texture and hair type. (I am thinking of opting for Hair Color next, I told you I'm ready for a change!)

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - They also offer full custom human-hair wigs




Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - They also sell Angelo David Brushes, Combs, Hair Care and Hair Detox (doctor-formulated herbal supplements for both men and women that promotes hair growth and healthy skin) as well.


About Pantene Beautiful Lengths Donation Requirements:



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - They require at minimum 8 inches


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Hair needs to be free of dyes, bleaches or chemicals


Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The hair needs to be no more than 5% grey

My Before and After:


Hair Stylist Ivy of the Angelo David Salon in New York City styles Ascending Butterfly Editor Tracy Iglesias, hair, haircut



Above: BEFORE: Ivy from the Angelo David Salon giving me a hair styling touch up during Getting Gorgeous


Hair Stylist Ivy of the Angelo David Salon in New York City styles Ascending Butterfly Editor Tracy Iglesias, hair, haircut


Above: This is still the before, this is after the style touch up during Getting Gorgeous, but this is the length my hair was before she cut it. (and remember, in this photo she curled it, so it's actually longer than it appears!)


@angelodavidhair salon, Hair Stylist Ivy of the Angelo David Salon in New York City styles Ascending Butterfly Editor Tracy Iglesias, hair, haircut

Above: Here is the AFTER! This is shortest than I've ever gone but I can't begin to tell you just how liberating going shorter has made me feel, and being able to put the hair to such a good cause was very much the icing on the cake for me.

My Take:

Finding a stylist I am comfortable with is hard enough for me, nevertheless actually uttering the words "Do whatever you want", but Ivy really made me feel at ease during my hairstyling session and impromptu consultation during Getting Gorgeous. I feel super blessed to have met her there and have had the opportunity to have her transform me at the Angelo David Salon. I highly recommend both Ivy and the Angelo David Salon.

Even though they are in the heart of midtown, once you arrive at the Salon you instantly feel at ease, they offer you a warm greeting and a moment to just settle before your appointment which is great. They are right off Grand Central which can be a hectic area so I definitely appreciated just sitting for a moment and having something to drink.

It's super fun attending local blogger events and having some people not recognize me since my signature long ponytail is now gone! I'm thinking it may just stay gone for awhile as I am totally digging the new me!
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Butterflies, do you have a favorite stylist or salon, If so, which one? 

Do something for yourself today butterfly that will keep you in high spirits for the rest of the week. 


Happy Motivation Monday!


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FTC Disclosure: While this is NOT a Sponsored or Compensated Post, Angelo David Salon did provide my cut to facilitate my review for editorial purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.

106 comments:

  1. That's such a wonderful thing that you did...and I am sorry to hear that cancer has been hitting your family hard. A huge hug to you.
    and your hair looks great by the way. ;)
    xo

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    1. @marlita - Thank You! And a big {{{HUG}}} back at ya! During my recent hospital stay I remember just how 'naked' and sometimes 'ugly' I felt on those blah pain filled days and I wanted to do something that would really make a difference to someone currently going through it!

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  2. That is great to give your hair,I have plenty that I want cut off so maybe I will look to do something like this.Your new style really suits you :).

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    1. @Kay - It's super easy to do and will make you feel so wonderful afterwards! Some salons hosts special nights where they focus on just this, so you check with your local salons to see if you find one doing it! Please tag us on Twitter or Facebook if you do, I'd love to see your new look if you opt to participate!

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  3. Beautiful! Bravo to the salon for having such and event and a big round of applause to you! You look great!

    -Milena

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    1. @Milena - It actually wasn't an event, but some salons do offer donation nights! I definitely felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulder emotionally and physically, I left feeling so much happier and lighter.

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  4. I think it looks great! Thank you for donating it!

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    1. @Lindsey Paris - Aw thanks! I have actually been supporting a wide variety of Cancer Charities at a very early age, this is honestly one of the most easiest ways I can help and I'm glad to do it!

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  5. My daughter grew her hair out a few years ago and donated it for Locks of love. Programs like these are great.

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    1. @theoryofben - I love that your daughter has donated to Locks of Love, I alternate between the two. Kudos to YOU, you should be quite proud of her!

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  6. I love your new hair.You can wear your new look proud as you did a great thing.

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    1. @tara - Thank You! It felt really good to be able to do something to help others, and when it re-grows I will do it again!

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  7. Oh My Goodness.. the cut is perfect for you and doing this for a good cause is awesome! Way to go,.... keep inspiring

    xoxo, Anni
    www.annisbubbble.com

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    1. @Miss Worrell - Thanks! It's humbling to know that a simple change in my life, can be a major difference to someone else.

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  8. WOW, what a true Blessing you are. Love these type of events. What a great cause to donate to. U Look Marvelous !!

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    1. @LisaLisa - This actually wasn't an event, and I didn't tell the salon prior to my visit. I honestly wasn't sure I was ready to go that short, but I honestly felt like after surviving my own scare I needed to do something. I'm just glad the salon and my stylist were able to give me that final courage I needed to commit to the big change. I am so happy to have done it. If I decide to grow it that long again I will do it again!

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  9. Love this! I love the reason you chopped your hair off. It looks GREAT!

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    1. @Dallas Socials - Thanks! I feel like a whole new person! I feel like that day was my actual New Year instead of New Year's day!

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  10. That's awesome this year I donated 14 inches! This was the first time I was able to donate and I was so excited! I love my stylist/owner Casey at Be-you-tiful you Salon in Ohio!

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    1. @Amber - That is AWESOME! I would love to see your post about your experience as well!

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  11. What a wonderful gesture, I believe that is why were put here on earth to show compassion for one another ! The plus is your lovely
    new do and YOU !
    Kudos to Angelo David Salon and Ivy great cut !

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    1. @Big Happy Buddha - Thanks! The desire for Change always fuels wonderful things!

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  12. I am so pleased to read about your donation! Thanks so much for doing that! I have too much gray to donate - at 34 years old I'm about 70% gray.

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    1. @Erica - That does make me sad, I wish that the color companies would offer to dye the donations so they could accept them all. I know so many people who wanted to follow suit but can't for the same reason!

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  13. Yah Yah ! I am so excited to see someone else who donates to this great program. I donate my hair every 12-16 month and have been for the last 6 years!

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    1. @Chrystal - I LOVE that! I would love to see your posts about your experience if you have posted about it. This is my first time doing it for Beautiful Lengths as I normally go with Locks of Love but wanted to switch up.

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  14. I color my hair, so I wouldn't be able to donate it. Kudos to you for cutting so much! I hate that there's a need (because cancer sucks all around), but glad there are people who are able to make hair donations for those who really need it!

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    1. @jaime - That's the reason that so many people can't donate, I don't understand why the companies that make the hair dye can't color the donations so that more people can donate. I had been wanting to donate sooner but I didn't think I had enough hair, was pleasantly surprised that I did!

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  15. Wow, what a great thing to do. My hair is pretty long right now but I think I would have to grow it a little longer to donate.

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    1. @Mellisa - I'm so used to wearing my hair super long that I was pretty nervous, but the salon definitely put my mind at ease that they would be sure I was totally happy with the cut. And now I couldn't be happier! :)

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  16. Your hair looks amazing. That is a wonderful thing you have done. As someone who has had cancer touch my family recently, it is nice to see how you are giving back.

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    1. @Tracey - I am so sorry to hear that. Cancer has impacted my family as well. And my own recent medical scare and year long hospitalization made me realize just how significant looking good really is to feeling good!

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  17. Wow! I'm impressed 13 inches of hair! I get hair crazy when it's down to my chin! Kudos to you for donating!

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    1. @Debra - I have actually never had my hair shorter than an inch below shoulder. This is actually the shortest my hair has ever been, and now I'm wondering why I didn't go this short WAY sooner! LOL :)

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  18. You are braver than I to go that short but it looks amazing. I love that you donated it.

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    1. @Melissa Definitely a bold move for me. The brilliance of my super long hair was I could put it up when I didn't have time to deal with it. This cut is super 'definitive' and I have to make sure to do something with it, there really is not enough to do a real ponytail yet. It's totally liberating.

      Who knows? Maybe skydiving is next? LOL :)

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  19. Wow, you got so much cut off! You look gorgeous with long and with shorter hair. And I love that you are donating you hair!

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    1. @Carly - I am hoping it's the start of a more daring me! A more risk-taking me. :)

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  20. I like the new short hair! I've always wanted to do something like this but my hair grows so slowely but I didnt realize it was only an 8 inch min, thats not to bad!

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    1. @Katrina - Same here, my hair doesn't grow super fast either, but 8 inches is totally do-able. Just remember it's always a little more than the actual 8 because a bit needs to be above the ponytail holder, the hair must be cut in a ponytail (with your hair DRY and product free, no chemicals, hair spray etc) and the donation can't be sent loose.

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  21. Love you new do. I think it makes you look so much younger. And what a good cause to donate your hair.

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    1. @Terry - Thanks! I actually do feel 'lighter', it was a much needed refresh for me that's for sure! I may actually do color next. I have never used a permanent color on my hair before. So maybe I should try that at least once!

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  22. It's always nice having a salon that you can trust to cut your hair. I love that you donated your hair and you look wonderful in short or long hair.

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    1. @Mary - I actually went to the same stylist from childhood to College, when he had a heart attack and left the industry I floundered for years because I couldn't find a salon or stylist I trusted. Let's face it that salon was home to me for a lifetime. I feel blessed to have met Ivy, she is phenomenal! I am enjoying trying a new short do on for size!

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  23. That is a huge change! You look gorgeous both ways though, and I bet a shorter cut does have huge perks!

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    1. @mail4rosey - Definitely! I feel like a brand new person. I may have to update my wardrobe a bit to match this more sophisticated hair!

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  24. Your new haircut works very well for you and you did a great thing!

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    1. @Sweepster - Can't think of a more rewarding haircut! I just feel blessed that I could do this. :)

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  25. Great cause. I think it is wonderful they have a program like this. You look great.

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    1. @debdenny - I am too, after spending a year dealing with three long term hospital stays at three different hospitals, I know how disconcerting it is not to look or feel yourself. A very simple way to help!

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  26. Wow, congratulations--you look gorgeous. I am sadly not a candidate to donate. If I didn't dye my hair it would be too gray.

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    1. @NotaSupermom - Oddly I have only one grey and it's been there since I was 13! Super glad it hasn't felt lonely and decided to bring a few friends yet! LOL

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  27. So wonderful! Very great cause and I would do it too!!

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  28. You are so generous! I think women who support causes of donating hair to organizations who distribute wigs are amazing!

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    1. @Marybeth - Thank You! And so are survivors! I'm glad there is such an easy way to help.

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  29. Good for you!!!! I've got the length.... but not the dye free. I'm not even sure what color my real hair is....

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    1. @Savory Experiments - I think you gave me the best LOL of the day today!

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  30. It's been years since I had hair as long as your before length. I tend to get a cut twice a year, and each time take over 2 inches or so. Love the after shot of your hair too!

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    1. @Kecia - Oddly, the before is the longest it's been as an 'adult' as a child it was down to my waist for a long time, and now this is the shortest it's ever been. So it's been a radical change. But a very much needed one!

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  31. I love your new cut. I think I might cut mine more like that soon. I'm having issues finding a stylist that I can relate to so good for you with finding Ivy.

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    1. @Kendra - It took ages for me to find someone I felt that comfortable with. I am definitely lucky I met her at Getting Gorgeous I was actually supposed to get the other stylist, but another blogger cut in front of me and sat in the chair, I am glad her lack of courtesy led me to Ivy!

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  32. 13 inches! Wow, good for you. I recently cut my hair short and it's so much easier to manage!

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    1. @Emily I agree! I was constantly snapping my head back when I sat in a chair with it loose! I do miss my occasional cute ballerina bun though! :-)

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  33. That is so great for you! Very generous! Supporting such a great cause

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    1. @Casa Vilora - Definitely one that is very close to my heart!

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  34. You look great! Love the before and after! Such a great cause!
    ~Amanda

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    1. @ACM'smommy - Thanks Amanda! A very personal one for me and my family. It's humbling to be able to do something so impactful for someone I don't even know! :)

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  35. That is awesome that you are doing this. My sister-in-law does every year.

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    1. @Felicia - Sounds like your sister-in-law is a true Ascending Butterfly! I wish I could grow that much that fast!

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  36. Very nice new look amiga you look great!

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    1. Thanks Adriana! I needed a new look to go with a new me, being a butterfly is all about transformation right? ;)

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  37. Nice! That was quite a chop! You look great.

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    1. @Cam - Thanks! I feel like I chopped off a lot of dead weight, worry and problems with it and made room for something new!

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  38. I took my son to get his hair cut today. While I was there I glanced in the mirror and realized that I need to get mine trimmed up. Not enough to donate though:(

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    1. @Carly - The one great thing about hair is it grows back quickly! Even if you don't have enough to donate now, you will in the future, so do it whenever you are ready. Now that your son's hair is done, do yours too, don't forget to take some time for YOURself!

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  39. Way to go! Such a lovely thing you did, donating all that pretty hair of yours. Actually, I think the shorter style makes you look more fun and sassy. I really like it!

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    1. @Theresa - 'Fun and Sassy' <-great description! Definitely fits! Thanks!!!

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  40. My 5yo recently donated her hair, and she really loved it. Your hair looks fantastic!

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    1. @Virginia - That's AWESOME! Kudos to your DD and to you too! I did the same thing around that age in honor of my Grandmother who lost her battle to cancer. I miss her everyday, but know she is the angel on my shoulder.

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  41. I've donated before and it's such an amazing feeling! Great cut!

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    1. Thanks @Christie - So glad to know you have donated before also!

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  42. I love that you donated your hair. I have super long hair right now - even longer than yours was and I have thought about doing the same thing.

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    1. @Cheap is the new classy - Please do it! It's such a wonderful way to give back! If you have any questions, feel free to email me anytime!

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  43. I love getting my hair done! Your hair turned out great girl!

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    1. @The Mommy-Files - Thanks! There is something about that fresh from the salon feeling that makes you feel like you are on top of the world right? :)

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  44. You look beautiful! What a great cause!

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    1. @Toni - Thanks! Definitely one that is very close to my heart.

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  45. I love your haircut! I think it's great that you donated your hair.

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  46. I have a favorite stylist. She was moved to a salon farther away, but I will travel farther to have her cut my hair.

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    1. @Rachael - I am totally with you there! When I have a good stylist I will follow them to their new salon as well!

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  47. Love your new cut! My daughter and I each donated 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love a few months ago!

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    1. @April - That is so cool that you and your daughter did it together! I love Locks of Love also, I have donated to them in the past as well.

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  48. You look Beautiful. My daughter also donated her hair a few years ago.

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    1. @Ann - That is so cool your daughter has donated her hair also, I know you must have been super proud of her! Kudos to her AND to you! :)

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  49. Your hair looks great now! What a wonderful experience to get your hair done up at such a fancy place! Love that you donated hair too!

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    1. @Jaredamy - Thanks! Angelo David is a lovely salon and I am so glad to have discovered them during Getting Gorgeous!

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  50. Thanks for sharing your story. Your hair looks beautiful

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    1. Thanks @Krystal - I was thinking of my Grandmother and Great Grandmother who are my original inspirations for donating.

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  51. Such a great thing you did. I would love to donate like that, but I often can't let me hair get that long. Your hair looks great.

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    1. @Nancy Partin - It is hard to get the hair to grow that long and stay in it's healthiest condition. I can do it every few years. I am trying to be super careful with it now and use the flat iron less so that when it grows out I can do it all over again!

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  52. Donating hair is so awesome! I love your new look :)

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    1. Thanks @Cassie! I'm digging the new do too! :-)

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  53. I think it's so cool when people do that! You look fantastic with the short do, by the way. It's SUPER cute!

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    1. @Liz Mays - Thanks I'm definitely enjoying being shorter for summer!

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