one month since I shaved my head

2019, fashion, lifestyle

Hello!

July 23rd marks one calendar month since I braved the shave for Macmillan Cancer Support – one month since two of my cousins and my sister took to my hair with scissors and an electric razor and I watched all of my hair (surprisingly grey) rain down around me.

A month later, I’m mostly surprised by how quickly it’s growing back – it’s very nearly at a length where it has direction and hopefully soon I’ll get to start playing around with a fringe. I’m actually really excited about playing around with a fringe – I’ve been toying with the idea of a full fringe for a couple of years now and this is the perfect time to figure it out, because if I don’t want it I just brush it to the side and carry on growing it out!

I’ve been making a list of things I’ve noticed about having a shaved head and next month I’m going to make a video for my YouTube channel with some of these observations, but mostly? I’ve been showered with love and praise – so many people have told me how brave I am and in all honesty? I don’t really think it is that brave – all I did was cut my hair off? That’s nothing compared to the people who benefit from charities like Macmillan – it’s literally nothing, hair is so unimportant and it baffles me why as a species we’re so attached to our hair and how it can define us so much.

I get it – I’ve spent five plus years dying my hair and using it as an expression of myself and I guess I don’t see it as confidence to be my own person without my hair, to not be defined by it. But I suppose some may see that as a really confident move, even though I am without a shadow of a doubt the least confident person I know!

Even though it’s been a month, I still don’t really feel used to it. Even getting in the shower I thought ‘oh I have to take my ponytail out before I get in’ and I have to remind myself fairly regularly that it’s not a ponytail, it’s just gone!

So far there’s not a lot of downsides – it’s so easy to wash and dry, I never have to think about styling or anything because it’s not long enough yet and on a windy day it’s wonderful not having my hair stick to my lipstick!

I think as it gets to that in between length it’ll be less fun because it won’t be long enough to do anything with but too long and look a bit silly. I’m genuinely excited to have the opportunity to see what my hair looks like at every possible length, even if the in between stages aren’t as flattering.

There was a few times I thought I might regret shaving my hair off and so far, I’m not feeling that at all – I’m excited for the regrowth and sometimes I will it to grow faster but between experimenting with styling and colour I’m genuinely really excited.

So far it’s not got any shape to it and my hair before I shaved it was pretty curly and I’m fascinated as to when (or if!) it’ll start curling again. There’s so much potential and possibilities and I’m genuinely so excited about it.

Maybe when I make a YouTube video about it I could do a Q&A? Do you have any questions about my decision, the process or my time since I shaved? If you do, leave a comment and I’ll answer it in my video!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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braving the shave for Macmillan

2019, lifestyle, mental health

Hello!

Well the title says it all doesn’t it! Tomorrow (Sunday 23rd May) I will be shaving my hair off for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Let’s take it back to the beginning – one whole week ago when I decided I was going to do this (because don’t we all love a spontaneous decision).

I was scrolling through Instagram stories, just relaxing as I do, when I see an ad for Macmillan’s Brave the Shave – I did a double take, scrolling back to watch the ad again and something in the back of my mind said: “I could do that…”

So I put a poll on my own Instagram stories – do I or don’t I? The results were surprisingly positive, so I turned to Twitter with another poll – do I or don’t I? And again, the results were swinging towards shaving my head…

Then I was chatting to my mum – she reminded me that cancer was one of the contributing factors when my nanny passed away two years ago and her birthday would have been June 24th. Since we lost her we’ve had a family gathering around her birthday so we would have everyone here as well.

And everything seemed to slot into place…

Before I could change my mind or regret it, I made a donation page on the Brave to Shave site and I got the first couple of donations that night and that meant I was fully committed – I have to shave my head now.

I feel so grateful to my friends and family who have donated – I reached my donation goal of £100 in just TWO days and the night before the shave I’ve managed to double that goal!

I’ll be honest – this is as much for me as it is to raise money for charity. It’s been roughly a year since I moved home before graduation and a year that hasn’t gone the way I wanted it to at all. It’s been tough but I’ve learnt a lot and things are just starting to look like they’re going in a more positive direction, so why not do something drastic and spontaneous to mark the occasion right?

I won’t be donating my hair to charity, mostly because it wouldn’t be accepted – it’s far too short, it’s been bleached and dyed to no end and no one’s going to want a wig made out of my hair I’ll tell you that for nothing! But now that it’s settled in that I’m really going to do it and I’m really going to have short fuzzy hair for a few weeks, I’m really excited. I’ve been describing it as ‘factory resetting’ my hair – I’ve not seen my natural hair colour since I was 17 and in that time I’ve bleached, dyed, damaged and cut my own hair so many times and my beloved hairdresser has done wonders for my hair in this last year… and now I’m about to shave it all off and start again!

This decision has come around very spontaneously and I’m so grateful for all of the support – from Instagram messages, friends and family, the women at my tap class, my driving instructor – I’ve had support from so many people that I’m genuinely so appreciative of and I can only imagine the amount of good this money will do for Macmillan Cancer Support.

If you’d like to donate to my shave, you can find my donation page here, otherwise I will be streaming live on Instagram (not sure what time yet, keep an eye on stories!) and I will be posting a vlog with the full story on my YouTube channel this weekend!

Here’s to braving the shave!

Thank you so much for reading,

Sophie xx

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I’m doing a 24 hour gaming marathon for charity!

2017, lifestyle, student

Hello!

Today’s post is a little bit different to what I usually write but I wanted to write a post with all the information for anyone who wants to watch, sponsor or donate to this frankly insane thing my friends and I are doing.

We’re going to do a 24 hour gaming marathon to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support – their yearly campaign ‘Game Heroes’ encourages people to livestream themselves playing games for 24 hours, whether it be board games, video games, card games; whatever you fancy, but for 24 hours.

This is something my boyfriend, Lucas, has been interested in doing for a few years – last year, him and our flatmate Nick were going to do it but they never got round to organising it but this year, the three of us are going to stay up for over 24 hours, livestreaming a bunch of video games.

The boys will be starting at 3pm GMT on Monday July 3rd (I’ll be joining about 5.30 because I have work, going to be a long 48 hours!) and finishing at 3pm on Tuesday July 4th, before I go to NASS on the 5th and we move on the 7th – we basically picked the worst time but we’re sticking with it.

We’re yet to make a proper plan, but we’re going to play each game in a two hour block and so far we’re planning to play games like Overwatch, Lego Avengers, GTA 5, Wii Sports, MarioKart, Minecraft, Halo – there’ll be a huge variety and I’m not a huge gamer but I’m there to provide snacks and moral support, also to play Overwatch because I’m currently obsessed.

We’re not expecting to hit any huge milestones, we just think it would be a really nice way to take something we spend so long doing anyway and turning it into something more productive and helpful. Unfortunately I lost my nanny to cancer earlier this year and if I can help another family to not have to go through that, then I would play video games on livestream forever.

If you would like to donate online, please visit our Just Giving page or text ‘HWNC96 £1’ to 70070, if you’re feeling particularly generous (to which I am very grateful!) you can replace £1 with £2, £5 or even £10! We’ll be doing shoutouts to people from our Just Giving page throughout the 24 hours.

I’ve never done anything for 24 hours before – the odd all nighter here and there but never a 24 hour marathon of any kind, I’m so excited to take on this challenge with my best friends and hopefully donate a bit of money to a wonderful charity.

Even if you can’t donate (I’m a student, I get it), please do tune in because those boys are hilarious when they’re gaming and it’ll be entertaining if nothing else! We’ll be live at twitch.tv/nickandlucasplaystuff!

I hope you can join us on Monday, if I don’t get round to blogging then that will be why!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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