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Hair Raising ~ Confident Curls

by Christina Rowsell
The Brighter Side


It's a love/hate I have with my hair.  Born with what I called Orange hair, it wasn't easy growing up with this unique "gift".  Sure, as an adult it's great.  Having hair that everyone says they wish they had.  Oddly enough people seem to be a bit intimidated by a red head, which always drove me crazy.  Some didn't even give me a chance to be nice, thinking I was just a "feisty red head".  But as a child it really was something I had to grow to love.

But not only did I have red hair, but I had A LOT of it.  It wasn't easy to manage.  Especially because I wanted to have it long.  I HATED to wash it and comb it.  (Not much has changed today... I still hate the process of "doing" my hair.)  And as I got older, it was just BIG hair.  Curly, big, red hair.  Who wants that?  No one when you're 7, 13 or even 18.  I did cut it a few times, only to just grow it back out.  I don't know why I bothered with the process.  I think it was because people always convinced me that I had great hair.  Adults did anyway.  Not the kids.  I was often teased, or made fun of because of my hair.  Not so much for the color, but for the "rats nest".  I really hated to comb it.  It was just a lot of work for a lot of grief.  It wasn't until after I graduated that I figured out how to straighten it properly, AND dye it blonde.  After dying it blonde I met a whole new world of people.  People approached me more and talked to me more.  But why?  I was the same person, just a different color of hair.  But was I?  Maybe I was different being a blonde.  Maybe I had more confidence being a blonde.  Maybe it was me!!  I felt more confident when I chose the color of my hair, and didn't have to deal with the grief red hair gave me.  I stayed a blonde for a long time, from 21 through to my early 30's.  Only to wake up one day saying, are you kidding me, I DO have great hair.  But I had to overcome the obstacles I placed in front of myself when dealing with my own self esteem.  I still dye my hair blonde from time to time because I like how it looks, and eventually grow it back out to being a red head again.  Except this red head is more confident in who she is and doesn't let anyone dictate on how she should look and act.

Love Hate for my hair!
© Christina Rowsell

But more recently, I realized how important my hair is.  It's a part of me, and a part of who I am.  I still straighten it and highlight it.  But I now realize I was given a beautiful gift.  I have hair.  I can grow it, and cut it.  I can straighten it and curl it.  I can put it up or braid it.  But not everyone has that luxury.  As a child, I never knew anyone with Alopecia.  Alopecia is an auto-immune disorder that affects people with various degrees of hair loss.  Even children are affected by Alopecia.   I wonder if my hair "issues" would have been such a big deal when I was younger if I knew anyone with Alopecia?

But today I do.  Her name is Vanessa McWilliams and she is the owner of Confident Curls Mobile Wig Boutique.  She has educated me on her story and what Alopecia is.  She is a wig wearing woman who helps women and children wear wigs.  I had flashbacks of my childhood when I heard her story.  I felt sick to my stomach that I even complained about my God given gift.  But at the time, they were my real issues, and I overcame them.  And now, I have the opportunity to give that gift to other children.  I've been growing my hair now for 2 1/2 years to donate it to the Confident Curls Hair Raising Gala, March 1st at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino.

Thank you Vanessa for making me feel beautiful everyday ~ no matter what style or color of my hair.  Vanessa is truly and amazing woman.  Her heart is gold and she has a passion to making every woman and child feel beautiful.  Thousands of children in Canada suffer from the life-altering effects of medical hair loss from cancer treatments, alopecia, burns, scalp trauma and surgery.  And through this Hair Raising Gala, money and hair donations will support Angel Hair and the Kids Cancer Care Foundation.  By providing a small gift of a wig, Angel Hair for Kids Program aims to help these children regain a sense of self-confidence and some normalcy as they struggle with the daily trials of living with hair loss.


Confident Curls is proud to support the 
Kids Cancer Care and Angel Hair Foundations by hosting the
March 1st, 2013 at the Deer Foot Inn & Casino.
Our goal is to raise $100,000 and donate 100 ponytails.

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UPDATE!
The Hair Raising Gala raised $20,000! AWESOME!
And now I'm back to short hair!