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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Pastel hair – yay or nay?

2016

Hello!

As we all know by now, I dye my hair a lot. My hair was bright blue and I was going to take the plunge and dye it brown and go back to natural colours.

That didn’t happen.

It went a green-black colour. Not intended!

I didn’t really like it when I dyed it and whilst I’ve come to terms with it, I’m not really too fussed about keeping it. So I found a really sensible way to decide what hair colour I go next.

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I did a twitter poll.

And as you can see, considerably more people voted for a pastel colour than brown or blonde (sorry mum).

I know for a fact I’m not dying my hair until the end of the month – for one I want black-ish hair for Halloween, and for two I want to give my hair a little break before I dye it again. My hair isn’t very happy with me right now. There’s also the fact I just don’t have time to dye it right now.

I feel like pastel purple is the way I’m going to go.

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I’ve done some research and found some very pretty pictures of very pastel hair and I love them. My heart is saying I should just go for it and be prepared to keep topping up my roots and then maybe I could have a full on purple fading into pastel purple, would that look good?

I know full well I’ll get bored again and part of me wants to go brown later in the year but pastel purple is my next move! I’ll keep you updated and get very pretty pictures if and when I do dye it!

I’m not 100% sure though – what do you think? Should I do it? Do I stay greeny black? Should I actually go brown? Please leave suggestions in the comments!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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Cutting My Hair Short | My Hair Story

2016

Hello!

I like changing my hair and as someone who doesn’t like change, it’s a big deal for me.

My hair has been through a lot – I first got ombre in my hair almost three years ago in 2013 and I haven’t stopped dying it and doing things to it since.

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The first three pictures are the earlier picture I can find of when I first got my ombre done and when I got it done even bigger (back in the baby Sophie days, look at that chubby little face!) and then the last two pictures are the first time I dyed it purple and, like, the following day when I re-bleached it and did it a proper purple.

Also, that natural hair colour I have not seen in a very long time!

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After that I went back to blonde for school, then blue (that was my favourite), pink and red for Christmas! The dip dye just kept rolling at this point until my school was hypocritical as anything and told me I had to stop dying my hair in case students younger in the school thought they could do it too.

When younger students and other students in my year started dip dying their hair it was fine, but I couldn’t do it.

So glad to not be associated with the school anymore!

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From there I got my first highlights – no bright colours in sight. Then I got even more highlights because at this point I have a hair dying addiction. I kept topping up the blonde then I went back to the blue dip dye. I did bleach the end of my hair again before I got it cut short but that’s a contributing factor to a lot of the reason I needed it cut short!

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Once short, I dyed it blue, bleached it to hell and back then went for a galaxy inspired look and at present, that galaxy colour has faded to the extreme.

The first time I seriously considered cutting my hair was before I went to Ecuador in Summer 2015 – I figured I could do it as a sponsored thing to raise some money for my trip and it would also be nice to not be dealing with long hair in the heat and humidity of South America!

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But I wasn’t brave enough before Ecuador and I started considering it again on September 2nd. I’m actually pretty surprised with how accurate this photo of me holding my long hair back is in terms of what it looks like now that I’ve actually cut it!

I actually made the decision in December and couldn’t be happier since I’ve done it – I really love having short hair. Though my mum tells me my ‘short’ hair isn’t actually that short.

It felt so healthy and gorgeous when I first got it cut and I have since then killed it with even more dye.

I’ll refer you back to that addiction I mentioned!

My plan for my hair is to top up the blue and purple today so it looks a bit fresher for Summer in the City this weekend and then I’m going to dye my hair brown to make the transition to letting my natural hair grow out. I’m thinking I might put the brown on around my birthday but I’m not sure I can let go of the blue and purple just yet! Either way, when it’s all grown out I’m going to start getting highlights again. But I can’t imagine I’ll stick to that plan!

There are a lot of pros and cons to cutting your hair or making drastic changes, but so far I’ve not regretted a single one!

Thank you for reading,

Sophie xx

 

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