Students Donate Hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Students Donate Hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths

The first week of chemo, I think it was
two weeks later my hair started coming out. The reality does hit when you go
bald that you do have cancer. You can’t be in denial, because you
know that you really have it. We started the chemo. That was very hard when my hair started
falling out, because it was coming out it hunks. It really takes away who you are
when you look in the mirror. You look so sick. You don’t necessarily feel that
sick, but you look terrible. It’s like, OK, well,
I’ve got good eyes. And I don’t have any eyelashes
or eyebrows right now, but I’ve got good eyes. Pantene created its Beautiful Lengths
program because healthy hair means everything to us, and it means so much
to a woman who is battling cancer. We want to be there for women when
feeling and looking healthy is the most important thing to them. Thanks to the generosity of people who
grow, cut, and donate their hair, Pantene Beautiful Lengths, via a
partnership with the American Cancer Society, creates beautiful, real hair
wigs for women living with cancer. Cancer certainly causes damage to women
on many levels, physically and emotionally. And having a wig is a key part
of the healing processes. They feel better about themselves and
the journey that they’re facing. Putting on a wig makes you feel
like you’re still you. I think it was late August of 2006. We thought, what if we had one student
come down and actually donate their hair right there in front of
everybody in the school? By early January, which was the
scheduled pep rally anyway, we had 67 kids signed up. These girls really decide, even a year
or two ahead of time, they’re donating their hair to this cause. It is a priceless gift
that they’re giving. Pantene Beautiful Lengths is something
our school has really rallied behind. We’re one school in a country, in
a world, that’s fighting cancer. Real hair wigs are expensive, but
there’s nothing like a real hair wig. Real hair you can touch, you
can style, you can cut. You can run your fingers through it. You can fix it, short and
spiky, long and curly. It makes you your own individual person,
so wigs are very important. How short is your hair going to be? The great thing about the Beautiful
Lengths program is it makes these wigs available free of charge to women
who might not otherwise be able to afford them. Now that other people get to use our
hair, it’ll make other people feel beautiful too. I have always had my long hair,
so I’m finally doing it. This is my third time giving my hair. This is my second time giving my hair. Maybe about up to hair? Are you asking me? My grandmother lost her hair. It was tough seeing her go through that,
and I want to help so that other people don’t have to
feel that way too. Amelia asked me to cut her hair. Probably 90% of them are
doing it for a reason. Yes, my aunt Kandi is coming from
Ohio to cut my hair tomorrow. You want me to cut your hair? I just couldn’t believe it. She had a double mastectomy. And I thought that’s the least I could
do, was give my hair so somebody else could have a wig. My grandmother will be
here to cut my hair. She’ll be here sporting
her wig on Friday. Tomorrow, you are on stage
on that floor. It’s a big, big day. It’s a big day to have this
all come together. Last year, we had 190. And we thought, we will never, ever,
ever exceed that number. Tomorrow on the floor, 195 of you. Unbelievable. Everyone who is giving is so excited. And I think there are nerves, but we
all feel like we’re doing something bigger than ourselves. I’m so nervous. When you have this many people together,
this much energy, think of the causes you could promote. We are a few minutes away. We need to get final setup. I thought this day would never come. Would our cutters please come forward
and sit behind their angels? Our cutters. Cutting it off is kind of huge,
because I love my hair. If there’s any way to make someone
that’s already in that much pain feel better, it means a lot that
I can help someone. It’s so touching to think that they’re
enduring something that they don’t need to. They don’t have to do this. Is everyone ready? Is everyone in position? Tammy Tenney, make that
record-breaking call! Three, two, one, cut! The moment you hear the scissors cutting
your hair, I feel like I’m really doing something good right now. It’s so important to give back to
people, and it’s a gift from those young women to help some young person or
an older person to fight the fight of their life. I think almost any high
school would do this. Here’s a chance to do something good. They’re giving something that’s so
much more valuable than money. I donated 14 inches. The students are downstairs. They’re getting the hair
cut by the stylists. They’re hugging each other. It’s a feeling like they’ve never had
before, to help fight cancer the best way they can at this point
in their lives. The need is significant for wigs in
this country, and we rely on the generosity of donors to make sure that
we’re able to meet the demand. I’m doing it again. I’m growing my hair out until
a year from now, and I’m going to do it again. I loved it so much. Knowing people who are strangers are
doing this for you, you feel more like I have other people behind me
that don’t even know me that are rooting for me.

100 thoughts on “Students Donate Hair for Pantene Beautiful Lengths

  1. @teddibear0527 Hi! We need at least 8 inches, but it cannot be colored. I know you haven't colored it in a while, but colored hair turns out to be too damaged for wig-makers to work with. I'm so sorry! I know how you feel, because I highlight my long hair and can't donate. If you grow your color out, then your hair meets the requirements.

  2. @TheOfficialMG Thanks! I love this video too – it's our most viewed video by far! It's okay if you can't donate. You can still help a lot by helping spread the word of the Beautiful Lengths Cause! ^Macayla

  3. This is just an amazing video! :') Today, I cut off 8 inches of my hair to donate, and it's all gone. Not being able to touch it and play with it anymore made me feel terrible, but watching this made me feel sooo selfish and thankful that mine will grow back! Thanks so much for posting this!

  4. @cynalv I know, it's very, very touching. It makes all of us cry here at Pantene too. I'm so excited that you're donating! ^Macayla

  5. @jhanvi87 I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Your donation will absolutely help someone – thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts! ^Macayla

  6. I am donating my hair during a school assembly in a few weeks. I would LOVE to know where I could get one of those blue shirts that the participants were wearing!

  7. That's so wonderful! Thank you very much for helping someone else feel beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ ^Macayla at Pantene

  8. i'm cutting my hair next week and donating about 9 inches. i cant wait because it's a win-win: someone who needs it can have my hair and i'll get a fun new haircut ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. That's wonderful! I'm so happy you're donating ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with your new hair cut, and have fun! ^Macayla at Pantene

  10. i would love to donate my hair, but im extremely nervous. and i'm worried about what my mom might think. she wants me to keep my hair long, but for someone else, i would totally go short. any advice?

  11. Hi! That's wonderful that you're considering to donate. First, make sure you meet the requirements. We can't accept colored hair, and we need at least 8 inches. If you meet the requirements, you should read up on our program and what we've accomplished. We've collected over 300,000 ponytail donations and made over 18,000 wigs for women fighting cancer. The wigs are distributed through American Cancer Societies across the US free of charge. Maybe that will help your mom feel better?

  12. I'm a guy and have been growing my hair for 4 years. I'm excited to donate my hair to have someone who doesn't have what I have to feel as good as I did every second I had it.

  13. Hi! We rarely plan events – they're usually planned by people like you! You all are what keep the program alive ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. It's been almost a year since I donated my hair. This year I'm cutting my sister's hair. Donating your hair is, perhaps, the best feeling in the world because you know that you've helped someone who's fighting cancer to feel beautiful. I say if anyone wants to donate their hair to go right ahead and do it. If some people you know don't like you with short hair, give it time. You and everyone you know will get used to it. Don't listen to any negative comments. You're doing this out if the…

  15. …kindness of your heart. In fact, I think I'm going to start growing my hair out again. Next time I get a haircut I'll ask the hair dresser to make my hair an even length all the way around. I loved donating so much and I want to do it again.

  16. I just made the call to have my hair cut for the 5th anniversary of the day my mom passed away from non hodgkins lymphoma. I am getting my hair cut February 2nd; my hair has some damaged ends, so I was wondering if I need to have that trimmed off & then cut the ponytails. I'm so excited & can't wait to donate for the FIRST time!

  17. Hi! That's so wonderful that you're donating in honor of your mother. Your donation will really help someone, and we really appreciate your support of Beautiful Lengths. If you're not in danger of losing the 8 inches we need, I would go ahead and trim off the ends. Thank you!!

  18. I'm planning to donate my hair in the Spring! It's gonna be a big shock because all my life (aside from the past year) I've been obsessed with long hair and having it – but now that I realize my hair is pretty much not gonna grow past where it is (it's been there forever) I had this passion for short hair and I can't WAIT to donate it! So exciting!

  19. I donated my hair today at the Mark Garrison Salon in NYC in memory of Cathy Liranzo. Hope my hair makes a difference in someone who is suffering from cancer. May she RIP

  20. Patene what is ur email because i have a picture of me and my hair i cut and i want to share it so you could maybe put it on the pantene page

  21. Ive cut my hair twice so far now im growing it out to cut it again
    Although I would love to have long hair and im sure others do to but at least u have hair people on chemo don't have any think so even if u love your hair a lot think of the others who would LOVE to have hair

  22. I have happy, dy kosten prijzen gaat in het gezondheid vons in america, als boor nog eens will doon, met andere school boor Obama

  23. Pantene, you should have come over to my school so that I can donate my hair. My hair is so long, it is almost behind my knee

  24. I'm donating mine in 2-3 months.
    I was going for locks for love
    But now I think I'm going to ask my stylist for Pantene instead.

  25. I'm going to be donating my hair soon, in the next week or so. I'm excited and a little nervous, but having seen two women in my family lose their hair to cancer, I know just how much it'll mean for someone else to have mine. That helps ease the nerves. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I have about 2 ft of hair in a braid I cut off recently and was wondering if anyone can give me a place I can directly donate it to. I live near Allentown, PA, any help is appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I donated a foot of my hair, it felt great to give to people in need of it. I mean, of course I miss my hair at times, but then I think about the people who went through, or are going through, much worse than getting a haircut, and I feel happy and proud. I have had family go through the struggles of having cancer, and seeing this video, I cried, because I know that I helped people who are sick and feeling so bad with themselves, possibly feel so much better and feel more confident in themselves. <3

  28. I really want to do this ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…but I wanna grow my hair first….and not dye it (even though I really want to) and donate //and feel like a boss ๐ŸŒšdos I'm helping ppl ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

  29. im 14 and my hair is right near my hip bones and I'm cutting it up just below my shoulders and donating it tomorrow so excited ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜˜

  30. watched this video a few months ago and it brought me to tears. yesterday I cut 9 inches of my hair and am mailing it out today to be donated(:

  31. I just cut a foot off my hair yesterday and donated it to Pantene ๐Ÿ™‚ one of my friends was in this video

  32. to lily Rodgers will you marry me please so I can get married to you so we can become husband and wife forever if you say yes then I say thank you love from your boyfriend and Prince Anthony Charles Mitchell

  33. Why a real hair wig? I only ask because once cut – real hair no longer grows. So as time goes on and you wash and wear and style the wig…wouldn't it become so damaged?

  34. I want to donate, but I think I'm going to grow my hair out another inch so I'll still have a decent amount of length after I donate.

  35. My school never did this but I think there should be fundraisers like this locally once a year for people to go to. More people would donate their hair and the more hair to donate the more wigs to make.

  36. Hope I made people happy I donated mine to cancer and meningitis because my grandad died from cancer and my cousins have meningitis

  37. Iโ€™m going to donate my hair to locks of love, but my stylist told me that they actually made you pay for the wigs! Now Iโ€™m donating to Pantene!

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