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Thursday, March 22, 2012

No good deed...

... goes unpunished. And sadly, my delightful daughter is not immune to that adage.

Last Thursday, we went to a salon to get Hannah's and her little friend, Jadyn's, hair cut for Pantene's Beautiful Lengths campaign. We have been planning this for months. Ever since Hannah saw a poster for St. Jude Children's Hospital and she asked why the kids on the poster had no hair. We explained that sometimes when kids get sick they lose their hair and Hannah asked without missing a beat, "Can they have mine?" That gives me goosebumps every time I tell that story. And actually Hannah, they CAN have your hair.

So back to the salon, or shall I say, "Where good haircuts go to DIE". Too omnious? Everything was going fine until the stylist actually CUT the hair. That is when things went horribly wrong. The stylist was not paying attention when he was cutting the braid and cut Hannah's hair in the back way too short. Then he spent the next hour trying to "blend it". Thankfully Hannah's hair looks good from the front, but a bit of a mess, like "what brand of chainsaw did they use to cut that?", in the back. To add insult to injury, as soon as I asked him to stop - Hannah was getting very antsy and frankly the damage was already done - he disappeared into the back room and did not come out until we were almost finished paying. He never said a word to me. I would have had more respect for him if he had admitted to his mistake. And yes, I paid for the cut. We haven't told Hannah about the back of her head, she did feel it though and said it was a lot shorter than she thought it would be. I sure hope her hair grows quickly in the back.

You'd all be proud of me. I did not flip out. There were several people at the salon including a reporter and a photographer from the Salisbury Post (who were there to cover the girls story and their hair donation), so I tried to keep my "Jersey" down otherwise the reporter would be writing a very different story. Something with the headline, "Local woman beats stylist about the head & face due to a horrible haircut". I kept thinking that this is for a greater cause and that at the end of the day, it is HAIR, it will grow back. I thought, Hannah gave just a little extra, that's all. And thankfully, Jadyn's hair turned out fine. Since I picked the train wreck of a salon, I would have felt even more crappy if Jadyn's hair got wrecked too.

So all in all, we learned a lot from this experience and someone out there will get a wig from these two beautiful little girls. And true to form Hannah is already planning on growing her hair out to do it all over again. That's my girl!

P.S. The story is supposed to come out on the girls in the Salisbury Post soon, I will link to it once it does.

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