I have something I’d like to talk to you all about today- a little bit different from the sort of topics I usually discuss here but so, so important. This is a subject that means a lot to me so when the wonderful people from the Little Princess Trust reached out to me, I knew I had to get out there and do my bit for a cause that deserves all the attention in the world.
In our daily lives, we lose so much of our energy on everyday irritations that we fail to consider just how blessed we are. A bad hair day or a botched up dye job can send us spinning out of control- and there is no denying how stressful these experiences can be- but in the grand scheme of things, we’re just so lucky to be healthy and happy and have all these opportunities to experiment with style and beauty.
I work with hair on a daily basis and to think that there are people- little children- who are losing theirs to devastating diseases is absolutely heartbreaking. These kids are real heroes, going about their lives with the most startling courage and good cheer and it inspires me to see that they’ve learned something that it can take adults all their lives to figure out: you don't have to look like everyone else to look beautiful.
These children- and their stories- are incredible. They’re facing odds that would break most adults and doing so with such a zest for life. But even the spunkiest kid can feel scared and ‘strange’ when they are forced to be different from all the other children around them. And it is up to you and me to help them feel loved and accepted and normal.
The Little Princess Trust is a fantastic effort towards creating real-hair wigs for children living with cancer and other illnesses. To lose your hair –at any point in your life– can be unbelievably stressful and I can hardly bear to imagine what it must be like for a child already facing challenges no kid should have to endure. By crafting beautiful real-hair wigs, the Little Princess Trust gives these children a little extra magic to help them get through these trying times and feel good. As tragic as it is for their little bodies to be fighting such scary diseases, by being a part of the collective we can all do something wonderful for their spirits and confidence.
I would love to take a moment and draw your attention to the amazing work that the Little Princess Trust is doing and how you can be a part of the same. Even though I work in the style and beauty industry, I’m always telling everyone not to take these things too seriously- beauty and fashion and appearances are fun and empowering but they aren’t everything and we should treat them as such. I believe in making a choice to focus on the things that last and truly matter but when it comes to these children- they don’t have that choice. It’s one thing to take your hair and appearance lightheartedly by making a concerted choice as an adult- it’s another to be a helpless child suddenly finding their world turned around. I urge all of my wonderful readers to take a few minutes and consider sharing some of what they are blessed with- time, money, resources and even your hair- with children who need it so much more than we do.
You can participate in the great work that the Little Princess Trust is doing by donating money to the cause, organizing a fundraiser to raise resources that can be used for making new wigs and by donating your own hair towards the wigs. If you have #hairtospare I invite all of you to join me in doing a little something to give these little bravehearts something to make their day just a tiny bit better.
Check out the fundraising information at https://www.justgiving.com/littleprincesstrust and see if you would like to contribute to the cause. It’s a secure gateway through which you can donate to the cause in as many as eight different currencies.
I definitely recommend visiting http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/ for more information on the good work that the Little Princess Trust is doing and how you can get involved.
Remember, as much as it means to you- it means a whole lot more to these kids. Wouldn't you like to help bring a smile to a child’s face today?