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A Great Hair Day 

Written by Storyteller: Mary-Kay Eastman   Comments: 7

Melissa K. flipped her blond hair proudly over her shoulder so she could see its full length in the mirror. Her hair grew fast and thick and drew admiration everywhere she went. People who first met Melissa sometimes thought she was conceited about her beautiful tresses and overly concerned about how long her hair grew. Melissa’s friends knew better. They knew why Melissa cared that her hair grew long and thick. 

“What do you think?” Melissa asked her best friend Courtney who had come over to play on a rainy Saturday in April. 


“It’s just right,” Courtney said. Holding up the measuring tape she was using to check the length of Melissa’s hair. 


“Wow,” Melissa exclaimed excitedly and she and Courtney ran to find her mother, the measuring tape streaming out behind them. 


“It’s long enough again, Mom!” Melissa told her mother breathlessly when she found her making cookies in the kitchen. “Can we do it now?” 


“Right now before the cookies are done?” Melissa’s mom laughed. 


“Well, I guess we can wait for a batch of chocolate chip cookies,” Melissa said as she and Courtney watched her mom drop spoonfuls of cookie dough on the baking sheet.


“How about in twenty minutes?” Her mom asked. “I should have everything cleaned up by then and it will give Dad a chance to get the camera ready.” The girls agreed heartily and ran off to Melissa’s room to wait impatiently.

"They knew why Melissa cared that her hair grew long and thick." 

Courtney and Melissa had been halfheartedly playing a board game to pass the time, but abandoned it quickly when Melissa’s mother brought a plate of fresh cookies and two glasses of milk to Melissa’s room. They jumped to their feet.


“Now?” Melissa asked looking expectantly at her mother.


“Yes, come downstairs as soon as you eat your cookies,” her mother told the two girls and left the room. Unable to wait, the two girls trailed after Melissa’s mother munching cookies along the way. Within minutes Melissa sat excitedly on a stool in the kitchen while her mother brushed her beautiful hair into a neat pony tail and secured it tightly with a rubber band.  Courtney stood close at hand as a helpful assistant, passing the measuring tape to Melissa’s mother. Carefully measuring off ten inches from the bottom edge of the pony tail to above the rubber band, Melissa’s mother marked the spot with a bobby pin. 


The flash from a camera kept lighting the scene as Melissa’s dad shot pictures from every angle. Melissa’s mom accepted the scissor’s that Courtney held out to her, then carefully cut across Melissa’s hair above the pony tail along the bobby pinned mark. Dramatically, she handed the cut pony tail still tied with a rubber band to Melissa, and the room broke out with shouts of joy and excitement. Laughing and dancing from foot to foot, Melissa held her cut pony tail aloft, and with her arm around her best friend, posed for a few more pictures. 


Still breathless with excitement, Melissa ceremoniously curled her beautiful pony tail carefully into a plastic bag, and then eased it into a bubble wrap envelope. They penned the address on the outside, and slipped a completed form into the envelope. The sealing of the package received almost as much fanfare as the cutting and everyone cheered. All that remained was a visit to the post office to send the priceless package along its way with a tracking number to follow its progress and assure its safe arrival at its destination.


As Melissa’s mother trimmed Melissa’s much shorter beautiful blonde hair to even out the cut, she stopped and gave her a hug. “I’m very proud of you,” she spoke quietly to her daughter. 


Melissa K. donates her hair to a charity as often as it reaches ten inches, the minimum requirement for a useable donation. Her last hair cut marked the third time she had given her hair to the charity that makes prosthetic hair pieces for children with permanent hair loss. Everyone who knows about Melissa’s donations agree that Melissa’s giving spirit is as beautiful as her lovely hair. 

Thank you Melissa, for sharing your Story with us.


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© 2008 by Mary-Kay Eastman and Story of My Life®

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Member Since
Aug 2007
Antje Wilsch said:
posted on Jun 18, 2008

I don't think I could ever cut off my hair. You are braver than me :)

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Apr 2008
Sarah Green said:
posted on Jun 18, 2008

that's a big deal that you do that for the kids and give your hair to them !!!

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Jan 2008
Suzan Kilner said:
posted on Jun 18, 2008

that's very, very generous of you

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Jun 2008
Michael Blakely said:
posted on Jun 22, 2008

This is a very noble thing you are doing!

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Dec 2007
Jodie Andrefski said:
posted on Jun 25, 2008

I've seen first hand children dealing with cancer. People like you rock.

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Jun 2012
Kenneth Dunning said:
posted on Jun 27, 2012

I really liked your story and was wondering it you would like to share it on our website also:

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Mar 2014
Bridget Maloney said:
posted on Mar 11, 2014

Melissa you did a great job, hope you will do it again.