Last week my 17 year-old stepdaughter got her hair cut so she could donate it to Locks of Love, which will use it to make a wig for a child who suffers from medical hair loss. I'm so proud of her- she has had hair past her armpits since she was 3. I am so glad that she does not feel defined by her hair!
Here is her hair before the cut, at a prom a few months ago:
And here is her hair after the cut. Her friend made the comment on facebook that she still has longer hair than most black girls, lol!
This is a picture of her braid. It measured almost 10 inches. She was required to donate 8, but she went a little longer.