Friday, 13 April 2018

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Eleanor's had long hair for a long time now. Whenever she went to the hairdressers she always asked for a minimal amount cutting off so imagine my surprise when she told me she was having it cut short.


It turns out that she'd heard about The Little Princess Trust, a charity who provide real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. She decided that she'd like to donate her hair to this organisation who help others less fortunate than herself.


Hair has to be at least 7 inches in length so I think Eleanor's ponytail ticks that box.


She actually had more than 17 inches cut off as once the ponytail had been cut she wanted it shorter still. I think her new shorter style suits her very much and Eleanor's very happy with it.


The Easter holidays finish for Eleanor on Sunday. We're having a girly day out in Leeds together today where we'll do some shopping and have some lunch, tomorrow night she's working at her little bar job that she has when she's home and then on Sunday she goes back to university. The house will be very quiet again.

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  1. I think Eleanor's new hairstyle looks lovely - and what a lovely thing to do (when I saw the blog title and picture I wondered if that's what she'd chosen to do)
    My friend's daughter died of cancer a month after her 17th birthday. Having a wig from the LPT was a huge boost for her when she was ill.
    Well done Eleanor! :)

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    1. How sad. I'd never heard of this charity before Eleanor told me about it but it's good to hear a positive story of how it has helped a young person. Losing your hair can be a traumatic experience and even more so when you're a teenager.

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  2. What beautiful hair Eleanor has, and the shorter style really suits her. And what a lovely gesture to donate to the Princess Trust.
    Enjoy your day out in Leeds. You won't have long to miss her as she'll be back for the Summer before you know it. X

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    1. I think Eleanor will find her shorter hair style easier to manage, her long hair was often tied back and took time to wash and dry. This last term is only eight weeks and I'm sure that'll fly past.

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  3. What a lovely thing to do, and what a lovely daughter you have.

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    1. I won't argue with that, though I'm biased.

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  4. Have a lovely day out today. What an absolutely very thoughtful thing to do. Her new style suits her well xx

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    1. It's quite rare that I go into Leeds as I'm not a fan of the hustle and bustle, but I shall enjoy it today with Eleanor.

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  5. Well done, that takes courage to chop your hair off like that after taking so long to grow it and look after it. She looks lovely with it shorter and it will soon grow again.
    Briony
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    1. I think I'd have had to cut it in stages if it were me. One of Eleanor's friends had her hair cut short and now regrets it.

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  6. What a lovely thing to do, and Eleanor's new hair style looks great on her :-)

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    1. I think the new style really suits her. It'll definitely be easier for her to manage too.

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  7. Eleanor is beautiful in face and spirit. What a kind and wonderful thing to do. You must be so proud of her x

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    1. I'm very proud of her. She's recently signed up to give blood too, always looking to help others.

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  8. She looks lovely with that style, and what a kind thing to do.

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    1. It's quite a drastic change but she's really pleased with the new style.

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  9. A beautiful daughter both inside and out, you are truly blessed.

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    1. I am, she's a wonderful daughter.

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  10. Eleanor's new 'do is gorgeous and what a lovely thing to do with the pony tail. :o)

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    1. I think it's a wonderful charity. Children and young people have enough to contend with when they're going through a serious illness without worrying about hair loss too.

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  11. Eleanor's new hairstyle looks lovely, it suits her.
    That is a wonderful thing to do.

    Enjoy your day together ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. I really like Eleanor's new hair style, it does suit her. We had a lovely day out today.

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  12. Thank Eleanor very much the children I work with all benefit from being able to access the wigs that the Little Princess Trust make. She looks lovely with her new hair doo.

    Mitzi

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    1. It's lovely hearing how children benefit from the charity. She's really pleased that she could help in a small way and is very happy with her new style.

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  13. It looks fantastic. I have a wig as I lost most of my hair due to chemo so her donation is great.

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    1. It's a big difference but she likes it. I was lucky when I went through chemo as I didn't lose my hair, except for the bits at the hairline.

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  14. What a kind and caring thing to do!

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    1. She's so pleased that she could help in a small way and has recently signed up to be a blood donor too. Small things can help others a great deal.

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  15. Good for her, and what a good cause that is.
    Enjoy your weekend. xx

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    1. It's such a wonderful charity. Eleanor's really pleased that she could help.

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  16. What a lovely thing to do. It makes such a difference and is an easy and free way to support a charity. I've often thought that hair must go to waste sometimes and wonder why such charities don't contact local salons, and team up.
    Eleanor looks lovely with shorter hair, it's a beautiful colour. When I went short I just kept going shorter, so prepare yourself!
    x

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    1. There's so many different ways to help out a charity and as you say, many of them are free. It would definitely be a good idea for these charities to team up with salons, the stylists where Eleanor had her hair cut didn't know about The Little Princess Trust and crowded round to watch her have it cut. I'm not sure whether she'll go shorter still now or let it grow again, time will tell.

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  17. Please tell Eleanor, as someone who has been through chemo and had to wear a wig for months, her wonderful gift of her hair to help another is truly amazing, we all know how long it takes to grow. She will give someone a reason to smile again. She is a very pretty young lady and her new hair style is stunning.

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    1. Losing your hair can be a traumatic experience and even more so when you're young so I think this is a wonderful charity. It's a shame more people don't know about it really, I only heard about it when Eleanor told me. She's really happy with her new style and I do hope, like you say, that her hair will bring a smile to someone else.

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  18. Wow, that's what I call seriously long hair. Eleanor suits her new hairstyle very much. The long blonde hair will make another girl very happy indeed. What a great thing to do, donate her hair. Hope your shopping was fun. x

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    1. Eleanor's long hair was her pride and joy so I was really surprised when she said she was going to get it cut, she made up her mind as soon as she heard about The Little Princess Trust. We had a lovely day shopping, though my purse is considerably lighter.

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  19. your blog post took me back a number of years(lots!)to when our son was at uni in Leeds and I used to go over on the train from N Wales to spend a Saturday with him.He is now at the point of his daughter going off to uni.She is gong to Manchester so we are going to see a lot more of her because they live in Cambridge.Lovely Saturday's to come for us.

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    1. How lovely that you'll have your granddaughter close by, you'll have all those Saturday trips out again. Daniel went to university in York so he wasn't far away, Eleanor's in Nottingham, so a little further away but still not too far. I do like it when they come home though.

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  20. I should have started by saying what an amazing thing Eleanor did having her hair cut off.She will have made someone very happy.

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    1. I hope so. I know it's something which Eleanor really wanted to do so I hope it helps.

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  21. Wow, that was a lovely kind thing to do. Cathy x

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    1. It's such a good way to help children and young people who are going through cancer and other serious illnesses, Eleanor was only too pleased to help in this way.

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  22. You have a very beautiful daughter, the new haircut looks fabulous
    I was reading in the local newspaper earlier this week about a young lady who did exactly the same thing with her long hair. A wonderful thing to do for those who need this service.

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    1. I hadn't heard of this charity before Eleanor told me about it. She's pleased with the new style but I wouldn't be surprised if she ends up growing her hair again.

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  23. What a beautiful thing to do! I must say Eleanor looks utterly adorable with her new shorter look and I bet whoever receives her gorgeous hair will be eternally grateful. Way to go Eleanor!!!! You're an absolute ANGEL!!!xxx

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    1. I think Eleanor's new hairstyle makes her look older, she's really pleased with it. This is such a good way to help others.

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  24. She looks gorgeous - and what a worthwhile cause! I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy your weekend together.

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    1. We had a lovely day out yesterday and I'm going to make the most of the rest of the weekend that we've got together.

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  25. She looks beautiful with her shorter style and it must be easier to manage too. How proud you must be.

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    1. I'm very proud of her. It's taken her a long time to grow her hair so long and it's been her crowning glory but she was adamant that she wanted to donate it to this charity. I do think she looks great with her new style though.

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  26. Eleanor looks wonderful, she didn't need all that hair but someone else will find it a lifesaver. It can't have been an easy decision though.

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    1. Eleanor knew she wanted to donate her hair as soon as she found out about this charity. I think it's a wonderful way to help others.

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  27. What a lovely thing to do, Eleanors new style looks great and really suits her, be much lighter now. As you say losing your hair is so traumatic, although both my Mum and Rebecca had a wig they chose to use pretty scarves or nothing at all. xcx

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    1. I never lost my hair when I was going through chemo but my sister was told she would lose hers and it was the worst thing for her. Unfortunately, she died before it fell out so she didn't actually go through it but I know she was terrified about it. It's a horrible thing for anyone to go through but I can't imagine how a young person would feel about it. I hope Eleanor's hair helps in some small way.

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  28. A beautiful young lady inside and out. A truly wonderful thing to do which will make such a difference to someone out there.
    Lisa x

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    1. I was so surprised when she told me she was having her hair cut, I know how much she loved having long hair and I thought she might regret it afterwards, but it was definitely the thought of helping another child or young person that spurred her on. She's definitely glad she went through with it now.

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  29. Beautiful Eleanor. I think you are both brave & giving at the same time, to have all your gorgeous hair cut first & then to give it to someone who needs it. I remember meeting you & thought your hair was so long then, but it must have grown a lot since then for it to be 17". Well done, enjoy the rest of the weekend at home & all the best for your return to Uni. Take care.

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    1. Her hair was really long, she only ever had the very ends cut when she went to the hairdressers, though she tied it back most of the time so I think the new style will be good. Perhaps she'll grow it again, time will tell.

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  30. What a lovely thing to do.
    It's hard when they go back after the holidays isn't it. I can't even imagine how people managed before mobile phones and social media.

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    1. I think I'd have worried all the more about her at uni if I had to rely on a public phone box to keep in contact with her. Mobile phones and Skype make it so easy to stay in touch these days.

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  31. THat is such a lovely thing to do and she looks fantastic.

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    1. I think the new style really suits her, and hopefully the hair she had cut off will be put to good use.

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  32. She looks beautiful with her new style - and probably feels wonderfully light-headed.

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    1. It'll be a big difference for her, she's had long hair for a long time now but I think the new style will be easier to manage.

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  33. Well done to your daughter. My great niece has been growing her hair to donate to this cause since she saw a programme about it on TV when she was about four years old. She's nine now and it's nearly long enough so hopefully she can donate this summer. I'm just impressed that she's stuck to this for so long at her young age.

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    1. How lovely that someone so young is thinking about others in this way. I do hope your great niece can fulfil her wish this year and I hope she likes her new style when she does have it cut.

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  34. Hey Jo,
    An amazing thing for your daughter to do. When my late mother in law had cancer, losing her hair was very difficult for her. She felt as if she'd lost her femininity, and as a very private person it was also a very visual advert of her illness. Her wig enabled her to recover some semblance of self esteem.
    Leanne xx
    Leanne xx

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    1. I think many people, men as well as women, young as well as old, feel this way when they lose their hair, especially through illness. Wigs play such an important part in making them feel 'normal' again.

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  35. You must be very proud of your beautiful daughter, Jo.

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    1. I'm very proud of her, I think this is a wonderful thing that she's done.

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  36. Your daughter is so amazingly beautiful inside and out. What long hair she had, what a wonderful thing to do and what a pretty girl she is xx

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    1. I think her new style will be a big change, she's had long hair for so long, but she likes it. It remains to be seen whether she'll keep the style though or whether she'll grow it again.

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