Jennifer Austin pulled the ponytail away from my head and started chopping. This wasn't a guillotine move; this was a logger's sawing move. I tried to remind myself that someone was going to appreciate my hair more than I had. Most days I didn't even like it. But I still felt sad knowing that after months of growing, all my hair was going to end up in a pile. I donated 10 inches of my hair to Locks of Love, a nonprofit that gives hairpieces to children with long-term medical hair loss. Donated hair is used to make the wigs. I gave my hair in honor of friends and family who are cancer survivors. Austin is artistic director of Schardein & Co. salon in northwest Oklahoma City, and she was gracious enough to cut my hair. She had long blond hair and bright blue eyelashes. She had tattoos and piercings and a funky belt. It was obvious she was an expert in hair and in cool. She pulled my hair into ponytails. "What's your biggest hair-styling challenge?” she asked. My biggest hair-styling challenge was styling my hair — ever. I said I have as much knowledge of hair styling as the Dalai Lama. Also, my head is the size and shape of a basketball. And I had no idea what kind of haircut I wanted. So, if she could somehow make me look like a tall, willowy model, that would be fantastic. And if my haircut could also require zero effort and skill, that'd be nice, too. To my delight, she said she had something in mind. She clipped off my ponytails and started working on my new haircut. We talked about Locks for Love. At her salon, stylists collect donated ponytails and mail off a big box each month. If someone comes in wanting to hack it all off, they're encouraged to donate their hair. Often, confidence is tied to hair, especially for women. We color it, crimp it, spray it and style it. If it's curly, we wish it was straight. If it's straight, we wish it was curly. It can make us feel feminine, flashy and frustrated. For children who have cancer or other diseases, hair is a luxury — not an accessory. When Austin finished, I felt so good. I loved it. I hope the child who wears my hair will have the same good feelings.