A few months back, while heavily pregnant and pretty sleep deprived (little changed since then) I went for a brunch event at the Ivy in colourful Soho, held by the brilliant Peanut and Marmite. There I got the chance to meet Bethie aka HungerMama, ‘a singing, cooking, traveling, dreaming American mama in London’; but that wasn’t the last of meeting her.
Not long after the encounter I got to see her again during an intimate dinner event held in a chapel location, and this time, during a conversation with a few other mums, she had mentioned the very two occasions when she donated her hair for charity. Initially I said to myself: ‘what a brave thing to do!’ yet it felt like something I might never want to achieve. I applauded her selflessness, yet I was silently praying she wouldn’t bring the length of my hair up as it was obviously really long – and, she didn’t. Except that Zoe from Dress like a Mum who was sitting right next to me spoke all our minds out loud: ‘you’ve got loooong hair, you should totally do this!’
Somehow, despite the fact that inside my head I had a counter offer ready to mention, one based on a generous money donation I knew I’d make my husband cheap in, I found myself agreeing to chop it all off. Well, not exactly all, but enough to be able to say that in over 25 years I never had it as short.
A few more months passed by until I was ready to go for it and Bethie kept her promise, just before the winter holidays she popped by ready to make the change. I must say, I never felt any better about anything else similar I might have done. Anna Pawleta Photography was our witness, immortalising the moment.
Truth being told, I knew it was the right thing to do, but in that very moment I also knew it wouldn’t be the last time I’d do it. The charity Bethie sent the hair donation to is called The Little Princess Trust, an organisation that provides 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. You can also help by making a money or hair donation now here.
Many thanks to Missbeez for getting involved and supporting our initiative.
Missbeez is a mobile app that transforms the way busy modern women enjoy lifestyle & beauty services. The easy to use app allows women to order a variety of services to their door 24/7. When using Missbeez, you’re also empowering women to build a satisfying and successful independent career.
Here’s a quick gallery capturing our mad morning 😉
Have you thought of getting involved in a campaign like this? If you have any questions, feel free to drop me or Bethie at HungerMama a line 😉