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The New 'Do

Every decade or so I do something brave.  Last week, I did it!  It was time.  It was past time, and it was for all the right reasons.  I have a friend (and a mom) who suffers from alopecia.  About 4 years ago, my friend Felicia's hair began falling out and within months she was completely bald.  It was difficult navigating all the changes in her body, emotions, and appearance.  She has struggled through this disease, and remains strong despite the hardships.  

I recently heard that real hair wigs are not covered under most insurance plans for Alopecia patients, though they are covered for cancer patients.  Real hair wigs are significantly superior to normal synthetic hair pieces, and are outrageously expensive.  Felicia was given one for modeling and promoting it.  Were she to have paid for it, it would have cost her $1500.  Yes, that's one thousand five hundred US dollars for hair! Back to this in just a moment.

I've only had short hair twice in my life.  The first time I cut my hair short was in 5th grade.  It was bad. It went from hair reaching my lower back, to neck-short hair with feathered sides (I am a child of the 80s!). Of course the cute boy in the school had to tell me I looked like a boy.  Ouch!

The second time I cut my hair short was when I moved to Fresno.  It was a longer short cut.  Cute?  Yes, but I don't spend time on my hair and it needed some time and TLC!  Since then, I've been allowing this mane to do its thing and grow with a basic trim from time to time.  Last year I was really ready to cut it short.  However, I was pregnant and carrying an additional 45 pounds or so, and my wise husband encouraged my to wait until my face thinned back out so that I would like it. 

So here we are, summer of '09.  I've been looking for months for the perfect, cute short cut.  I found it back in May in a magazine and I knew the moment I saw it that it would be the one!  Was I ready?  Would I love it?  What about my long pretty hair (again reaching my lower back)?  Would I look like a boy?  What would my husband say?  What would my friends think?  You know how it goes!

Felicia had told me that National Bald Out day was going to be July 19th.  NBO day is for women and their friends who suffer from alopecia to join together and encourage one another to be who they are, feel supported, beautiful and dignified in their baldness.  It was also meant to raise awareness about the injustice of the insurance issue.  If I needed any more encouragement to be brave and get a new 'do, this was it!  On July 22nd I cut my hair, SHORT!  I donated it to Felicia, so that she can benefit from it in the future without having to pay an outrageous amount.  I loved every minute of it!  I'm still lovin' it.  Thanks, Kristi for the great cut, Suzanne for holding my hand and taking these pics, and Felicia for being strong, courageous and beautiful.


Reader Comments (12)

I'm so proud of who you are and that you are brave and can do intentional things like give your hair to Felicia. The cut is very cute and you are absolutely beautiful, inside AND out. Thanks Matthew for the post!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMom

I donated my hair recently too. Such a powerful thing to give something so simple! Your hair looks great!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky K.

Lisa, I love it! Awesome new do.

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

Looks fantastic!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRozey


It looks AMAZING! I'm so proud of you!!

July 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Lisa, it looks great! And what an awesome story!

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

New do looks really great on you Lisa! I also donated my hair this Spring. I sent it to Locks of Love after reading about Alopecia on their website.

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Just spent time browsing your summer photos. The boys look so good. Elias is just adorable, and Nathan looks so much older all of a sudden! We love y'all!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

SO cute! Post more pics so we can get a better look.

August 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

Perfect look for you.

August 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDelaine Zody

I love you friend!

August 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFelicia

You look so good Lisa!! I love the hair cut and you definitely don't look like a boy! :)

August 28, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBethany

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