The Chop: Techie Rachel Sklar Donates to Pantene Beautiful Lengths

It’s almost the New Year, which means it’s time to start thinking about new beginnings. And what better way to ring in a new you than with a new ‘do? Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Birchbox pal Rachel Sklar, the founder of Change the Ratio and, paid a visit to our HQ with a very exciting mission: To donate 12 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths (and get a makeover in the process).


Haircut for a Cause

No stranger to donating hair, Sklar previously donated to Locks of Love in 2010. One of the reasons it’s taken so long this time? Sklar says, “I was ambivalent about the change and relinquishing a version of myself—’girl with big hair’—which has generally been part of my id.” But being able to donate to an organization like Pantene Beautiful Lengths (which she opted for this time) made the decision much easier, she says, since what she’s giving “means so much to the person on the other end.” Good to know: Pantene Beautiful Lengths only requires eight inches of hair for a donation.

Low-Maintenance Lady

“I have lost control of this giant mop on my head,” Sklar joked as she sat in a chair in the Birchbox photo studio. Sklar, admittedly, is pretty low maintenance when it comes to her hair. After shampooing and conditioning, “I just sort of hope it’s a good hair day,” she said during her pre-cut consultation.

The Chop

To cut about a foot’s worth of Sklar’s wavy, brunette locks, we enlisted trusted stylist Liam Carey from Jeff Chastain Parlor. After separating her hair into two ponytails, it was the moment of truth—and Sklar barely flinched. “Hair is a renewable resource, “ she said. “Something I’ve learned the hard way over the years after various cuts.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.


After the chop, it was time to style. With Sklar’s hair texture and day-to-day obligations in mind (she frequently appears on TV for work), Carey shaped Sklar’s locks into a “sexy, softly layered, chin-length bob,” a la Olivia Munn and Heidi Klum, opting for more length than width. “You’ll want to be wash and wear,” Carey noted as he detailed her newly short ‘do. Once making the cut, he ran his hands through her damp hair with Oribe’s Crème for Style, blew it dry, and curled it with a pea-sized amount of shine serum, like Sedu’s Anti-Frizz Polishing Treatment. After

The result? A professional, trendy layered bob—short on length, but not on versatility. In a post-cut dispatch Rachel said, "I am 100 percent happy I did this. Everything about this cut feels perfect for who I am, where I want to be right now, and where I'm going." Nothing like a satisfied customer.

Would you ever make a drastic cut in order to donate your hair? Let us know in the comments!

Want to know more about styling short hair? Watch our video tutorial!

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