HairForHazel

Shailene Woodley is cutting her hair this weekend to prepare for her role as Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars movie. And she’s donating her hair to Children with Hair Loss, an organization that provides free wigs to kids who’ve experienced hair loss due to cancer, burns, or other medical conditions. 

When Shailene told me about this, I immediately thought there might be people in nerdfighteria who want to join her. (We already have one convert joining in: Shailene’s mom!) So if you have eight or more inches of spare hair, consider donating it to Children with Hair Loss.

And if you do, let me know via the tags hairforhazel or itgrowsback, so I can put together some pictures/reblog your beautiful faces.

I want to be clear that this was entirely Shai’s idea. (I don’t even think the studio knows about it.) I hope if you’re able, you’ll consider joining Shai in donating. Thanks!

(ALSO: huge thanks to Wyck and Isaac, the guys producing the movie, for taking time away from, like, movie producing to sort through the very complex world of hair donations.)

hello brotha’s and sista’s alike! as some of you may know, i will be cutting my hair off this coming weekend in order to help morph my physical body into that of the incredible Hazel Grace Lancaster—and i couldn’t be more amped. not only do i have the opportunity to externally shift my current establishment of self, but i have the blessed gift of donating my long locks to a wonderful organization who will then create a wig for someone in need. WHAT AN HONOR.

john green (author of T.F.I.O.S.), wyck godfrey (producer of the film), and i all decided that this could be a beautiful opportunity to rally the troops of mankind and ask for some warriors to help contribute to the cause. any of you have 8 inches of hair to spare? or maybe know a friend or family member that does? if so, consider JOINING THE #hairforhazel TEAM! i’ve already got my mom committed, and possibly a few friends as well. i know the thought of chopping off part of your image is frightening, which is why i want to share with you my personal relationship with my hair (woah, that was a lot of “with’s” and “my’s”)

okay!

so!

my hair!

for the past five years i’ve been on an i-want-to-grow-my-hair-as-long-as-possible kick. before cutting it for a project last december, it was almost down to my bum. holy wow it was long. about half way through my hair-growing escapade, i began to deeply look at WHY i was so keen on creating flowing locks down my spine. was it because of my obsession with pocahontas as a child? kind of. was it because of my admiration of native american culture? maybe. was it because of my kneading desire to dodge the chemical smell of salon lairs? oh yes. after much thought and curiosity surrounding the subject, i finally came to the conclusion that hair, for me, was a symbol of strength. it was a symbol of commitment to my power. of connection to my ancestry. of recognizing my natural beauty. that which exists without chemical dyes, or hairspray, or scissors. a symbol of my sovereignty. of my humble desire to feel grounded within my own skin. not the image magazines and reality shows desperately try to throw in our faces, but the image of authentic beauty. funky hairlines included! (anyone else have an eccentric hairline? because mine decided to be super-original and all over the place)…. allowing my genetics to take control and produce long, luscious locks was my way of paying homage to my kindred spirit. i felt powerful, in control, strong. i felt connected to my womanhood, connected to my ancestors… and for the longest time, i was committed to never chopping it off. cut to: now. on saturday, it will be the shortest it’s ever been. and i feel so relieved, so ready, so dedicated. about 6 months ago, my amazing kick-ass younger brother (get ready world, he’s on fire!) played me a song by regina spektor. it’s called “ghost of corporate future” (do check it out…it’s a winner), and in it resides a very special tid-bit of wisdom (which just so happens to be completely relevant to todays topic): “maybe you should just cut your own hair, ‘cause that can be so funny. it doesn’t cost any money and it always grows back, hair grows even after you’re dead”…. upon hearing these words, i was immediately inspired to cut my own hair off with abandon. shed old layers and practice the art of playfulness. out of nowhere, i did a complete 360. i went from sacralizing the length of my hair, to appreciating the spontaneity of chopping it off. and also recognizing the beauty of freedom. i think there is something so exceptionally admirable about one’s commitment to allowing their face to shine without hair blocking it. it’s all about balance i suppose. about knowing what’s right for you on your own personal journey. there was a time when growing my hair out symbolized something for me, but the power of sharing that choice, sharing the ability to have long hair with someone feels far more powerful right now. i know what it feels like to have wind blow through my wavy locks, and i am over-the-top grateful i get to share that gift with another.

so i guess this was my attempt at asking you to take a look at your own situation. if you are in a place of absolutely loving your lengthy dreds, then GO YOU AND KEEP ON GROWIN‘ IT OUT! on the other hand, if you are in the position to cut off 8 inches of your hair, then i strongly urge you to do it. there are so many human beings out there who would LOVE the opportunity to possess long hair, but simply can not because of their current situation…. let’s share!

…and remember what regina said, HAIR GROWS BACK…. :)

you can donate your locks to http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us and use hashtags (is that the correct use of that word?!) #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback to help spread the word!

PS! AS I’VE BEEN WRITING THIS, JOHN GREEN HAS BEEN EMAILING ME WITH UPDATES ON HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONATED! i am in tears. HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR OUR ABILITY TO GIVE!

yay!!! :)))

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Now if anybody knows me, I have been growing my hair out for years and it’s very special to me. Lately it’s become a huge hassle and I’ve been playing with the idea of chopping it all off. And this was just the push I need. I’ll be sending about nine inches to Children With Hair Loss. All the ladies at the hair salon loved the idea and said that they were going to go and read The Fault In Our Stars now.
Thank you Shailene and John for giving me that push that I needed and showing me a charity that takes processed hair!

To find out more please check out John Green’s post about it: here

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So I finally got my hair cut today. I’ve always wanted to be brave and cut it short, but never had the courage or confidence–until now! Shailene Woodley’s post about her haircut served as direct impetus for me to be daring, as well. And for a good cause!

This event has prompted some self-reflection. I’m feeling extremely blessed; I dragged my mom into it, too. :) She has always been so supportive, and is responsible for me (steadfastly and stubbornly) believing all things corny about following my dreams. She is one of the chief reasons that I have retained my optimism in times of trouble. She is my best friend.

Anyway, John, if you see this, both my mom and I enjoyed TFIOS, are excited for the movie (!!), and strive to be awesome everyday.

dftba! :)

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Lets keep the ball rolling guys:
If you have hair to spare consider donating it to Children With Hair Loss!
If not, then donate any spare change!
If neither, help spread the word. Every little bit helps!!

Children with hair loss: http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/ 
Shai’s blog post about the cut: http://dft.ba/-ShaisHairforHazel

#itREGENERATES

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When I was 13 I was diagnosed with Leukemia and cut my hair for a wig. Then many of my wonderful family and friends cut there hair for me, and sent it to my family.

We were unable to find somewhere to make the wig for me. By the time we were able to look my hair was growing back (I only had 6 months of treatment).

So our next step was to find somewhere to donate. But Locks of Love doesn’t give wigs to people with cancer. Everywhere else I could find had a really complicated process. But then I heard about Shailene Woodly donating her hair in preparation for her role as Hazel Lancaster. I checked out the website and it is remarkably easy!

I have hair from 14 people including myself, my mom, grandma, two aunts, and several friends. I have been in remission for 3 years now and I hope these wigs help many children.

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Harry Potter vs. Science!

In which Hank makes a video deciding what to make a video about…for real, while sitting on a bench in Tower Hill in London at night and screaming at his camera while people walk by. It has been an interesting trip to the UK :-)

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Children with Hair Loss is an organization that provides free wigs to kids who’ve experienced hair loss due to cancer, burns, or other medical conditions.

If you have eight or more inches of spare hair, consider donating it to Children with Hair Loss :)!

http://www.childrenwithhairloss.us/donate-your-hair/

Don’t forget to tag hairforhazel or itgrowsback! Thank you Shailene Woodley and John Green for spreading the word!