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On Donating Hair | Squirrelly Minds
Yep, that’s 18 inches of hair right there, currently sealed in a ziploc bag and about to be shipped off to be made into a wig for a beautiful woman battling cancer. You may have read last week that ever since the big chop of ’96(ish) I have sincerely regretted not donating my hair. A couple years ago I decided to grow out my hair as long as I could stand it, then chop it all off to donate. Remember the before?
On Donating Hair | Squirrelly Minds
That hair was taking over my life. As you can see in the above photo, it was trying to attack me. It was time for the big cut.
On Donating Hair | Squirrelly Minds
This is what 18 inches of freedom looks like.
As soon as the ponytail was chopped off I felt completely elated. I would have been happy if we left the hair cut just like that! I thought I would feel a tinge of remorse, but there was absolutely none. I was so excited to get this weight off my shoulders (quite literally) and donate it to someone who really needs it.
On Donating Hair | Squirrelly Minds
I did a fair bit of research and asking around before decided who I wanted to donate to. Since I had a lot of hair that was never treated or dyed and had few greys (sigh) I wanted to find a place that had strict regulations. It was also important to me that they didn’t charge cancer patients for their wigs, and that it was either local on the provincial or national level. So I chose the Pantene Pro V Beautiful Lengths Program.
If you’re thinking about donating your hair, here are some things to consider beforehand:

  • Do a lot of research first and ask around before selecting your donation place
  • Find a place foremost who fits with what you can give – hair length, greys, treated hair etc. Then think about what’s most important to you – location, accessibility, women, men, children, etc
  • Make sure you read the requirements carefully, including how they’d like the hair packaged after it’s cut. Most will want a dry ponytail secure with an elastic at the top
  • Bring a ziploc bag with you to the hair salon
  • Mail the hair yourself. Don’t leave it for the salon to send as it might not get to where you want

On Donating Hair | Squirrelly Minds
While I l-o-v-e having short hair, I’m still figuring it out and learning how to style it. To be perfectly honest, I think I could even go shorter ;)

Would you like to donate hair, or have you in the past?
What have your experiences been?

Style | Short hairstyles for women

Cutting long hair | Squirrelly Minds
When I was a kid I was known for my butt-length locks. My mom loved my hair and had visions of me appearing on a shampoo commercial. I probably could have if I tried.
I pleaded to get my hair cut. It was after all my hair, but I wasn’t allowed. When my mom was at work I pestered my dad to let me cut my hair until, out of frustrations, he finally gave in. My sister took a pair of scissors and CHOP! Hair all off. Needless to day, it was a bit of a shock for my mom.

I look back at that time quite fondly, but also with a pang of regret. Not for the near heart attack to caused my mom (though I do feel bad) but because I didn’t know hair could be donated for a cause, so it all simply went into the trash. I have felt horrible about it for nearly two decades.

A few years ago I decided to leave my hair alone. To let it grow in its untreated/uncoloured state until I couldn’t stand it anymore. Then I’d chop it all off and donate it to a good cause.
I thought I would never reach that moment. That I would have an internal battle with myself
“Time to cut your hair Tanya”
“But I love it!”
“But you don’t need it!”

Last week while in the shower washing my hair, I realized that internal battle was over when I spent the entire time imagining what it would be like to have short hair. It is time.

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I’ve done a bit of research finding my face shape by using measurements and this flowchart. Looks like I have an oval face shape, which means I have a pretty wide range of hair options.
I was originally inspired to cut my hair short by Kate Bracken’s hair in Being Human. I love the sweep and asymmetry of it. I don’t know if I’m quite ready for hair that short, but I know I want long sweeping bangs, asymmetry, and chin length or (maybe) shorter. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll end up with when I do go in for my appointment, but I’ll show a few photos, say a few key words, take a deep breath and let my hairstylist go at it.

Until then, I need to decide where to donate my hair. I made sure not to colour/treat my hair and to grow it extra long so I could pick any donation centre I wanted. I’m sure each is as good as the other but I want to make the right decision.

Have you donated your hair before? What was your experience?

Studio Update #4

Studio Update 4 - all 12 watercolour birthstone paintings | Squirrelly Minds
I almost didn’t post today but the mister encouraged me to. Why did I need the encouragement? Because I’m busy, motivated, and excited about turning the about 12 watercolour paintings – a birthstone for each month – into cards and prints.

Things are happening guys. If you don’t see me around here as much as usual, I’m busy prepping to bring you the shop.
I can’t wait!

I was originally planning to open up shop on Etsy, but am disappointed with their decision last year (that I just became aware of) to allow mass manufactured products from China on their site. I no longer feel like Etsy is what it started out as – a community for makers, making products with their own hands.
Who knows, it may still be the best fit for the Squirrelly Minds Print Shop, but are there any other online shop sites you would recommend?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Blog/Life | Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds
Hey there! We’re going to do something a little bit different today.
Last week, the inspiring Carrie of Dream Green DIY tagged me in a little Blog Hop where you get to know the blogger a little more. I just recently became acquainted with Carrie and my gosh am I ever glad we did. Managing her own creative ventures while creating adorable DIY’s, I can’t help but be impressed and inspired.
Thanks for tagging me!

Ready to see what it’s like to be inside my squirrelly little mind?

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds - Photo by Ma-Luxe

Why do you write?

I’ve never considered myself a writer, but I have always written. I was that emotional (re: annoying) teenager writing bad poetry, and at 15 wrote a “novel” about a teenager who travelled back in time to the Salem Witch Hunt. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I actually daydreamed about appearing on Oprah as the youngest, most accomplished novelist of the times.
I guess the answer is – I don’t know why I write, I just know that I do. It’s not always grammatically correct and it may not be the most eloquent, but it’s just one of the ways I choose to communicate.

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds

What are you working on?

Squirrelly Minds Print Shop!!!!
I’m in the process of finding a good printer and selecting the right papers. It’s a bit of a daunting task as I want it to be perfect from the get go, but I can’t wait to see the first prints/cards and to be able to open shop!

How does your blog differ from other blogs in the genre?

This is an impossible question only because there is simply only one answer for everyone – my blog differs from other blogs in the genre because it comes from my voice, my ideas, and my creations. No one can match that, just like I can’t match anyone else, as much as I would love to some days.

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds

What is your writing process?

Like Carrie, I procrastinate when writing and most other things. Having a clear deadline looming ahead motivates and pushes me to work harder and better.

My 16 page university essay on Japan’s post war economy was tough so I started immediately. I struggled to arrange my words into a cohesive mess, until the unthinkable happened on page 14. The night before the due date my computer crashed and destroyed the file, dissipating into nothingness. I huddled under my desk, rocked myself back and forth, and ugly cried for what must have been at least an hour. Yep. Total breakdown.
Once I started again, not only did I finish it, but I wrote an even better essay than the first. That overwhelming pressure to finish at a specific time got me there, because good for my health or not, pressure is my best motivator.

Always leave things to the last minute, because if it all gets destroyed, at least you only worked on it for a few hours instead of weeks.

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds
Well I hope you enjoyed that candid look at my life. Any surprises? Can you relate at all?

Next in the blog roll list, I’m tagging Joy of Frock Files! I simply adore Joy. We met last January at Alt and instantly clicked. She’s incredibly sweet, a bundle of fun (dare I say joy?) and her blog is so reflective, open, and honest. Definitely go check it out, and make sure to visit her next Monday for her rendition of the behind the scenes blog hop!

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