The last time Hannah Lombard cut her hair short (just below the shoulder) was in high school. Over time, she has had a few trims to get rid of any split ends, but she has never cut it short before. At over 30-centimetres in length, Hannah was the perfect candidate to donate her locks to a worthy cause.
“Being on holiday with the heat, I couldn’t let my hair hang down, and it always felt so heavy and hot. I often woke up to my long hair tied around my neck, or bunched up in knots at the back of my head. It would take me forever to comb a brush through it. As a Grade 1 teacher, my long strands would also distract the children and get in the way if I bent over to help them. 2021 just felt like the right time for a big change and cutting my hair was the perfect way to ring in the New Year,” says Hannah.
“I didn’t want to waste my hair and throw it into the garden like I have done previously with my hair trimmings. Instead, I wanted to do something special with my long off-cuts. I thought of the Cansa shave-a-thon and how it would be great to donate it to help someone who hasn’t got hair or has had to shave their own natural hair off due to medical reasons or treatment such as chemo.”
Hannah went online and searched through the Cansa website as to where and how to donate hair. Living in Johannesburg, she had seen the Cansa headquarters just off of Ontdekkers Road – so she already knew where to go.
Not only did she want to donate her locks to cancer, but she also wanted to donate money to have a wig made for someone who couldn’t afford it.
“I am lucky to be blessed with a good job, and I often save, so it felt right to help out in a monetary sense,” she adds. “I wondered how I would do that? So I emailed Cansa. They replied quickly, mentioning how they work with Tymeless Necessity Hair in creating wigs for cancer survivors. If I was interested in donating, I should contact Tymeless founder Rani Chetty and her team. So I googled Tymeless, got their number from the web, and gave Rani a call the following day.
My time at Tymeless Necessity Hair was great. It wasn’t hard to find them, and they were close enough to my home. Rani and her daughter Shanoli were very welcoming and kind. They explained very clearly what they do with donated hair and showed me some examples of the wigs and extra hair extensions they make.”
Rani kindly put me in touch with her stylist Ben who works with them. I appreciated that because it’s easy to cut hair, but to style it in a way that suits your face or is even and neat is more challenging. I need a neat hair cut to look as professional as possible. As a teacher, I can’t pitch up to school looking like a four-year-old got hold of my hair with a pair of school scissors.”
Tymeless Necessity Hair arranged a consult with their in-house stylist and helped explain everything Hannah needed to know about her hair donation and to whom she would be donating the hair.
In the end, Hannah chose to cut her hair just above where the neck meets my shoulders. The stylist cut it so that it boasts some layering but is still long enough to the up.
“I kept a positive thought during the cut that even if I wasn’t too happy about the length, it’s just hair, and it would grow back. As soon as I left Timeless Necessity Hair, I couldn’t wait to try curling my hair or putting it in cute styles,” says Hannah.
Meanwhile, Tymeless Hair set to work making a wig from Hannah’s donated hair for a cancer patient in the Western Cape. The end result was a gorgeous hair piece made with love.
Donating your hair for an incredibly worthy cause goes a long way in boosting the confidence of someone suffering the devastating effects of medically induced hair loss.
While a massive emphasis is placed on beating cancer, many women battle an entirely different challenge they grapple with behind closed doors – hair loss. While losing your hair may seem trivial in comparison to fighting for one’s life, remaining focussed, proud, and self-assured plays a massive role in the recovery of cancer survivors.
Tymeless Necessity Hair will help you along every step of your hair loss journey and also provide advice to those wanting to donate their hair for cancer survivors.
Tymeless Necessity Hair is a proud partner of CANSA.