Goodwill. Ever since she was little, Chloe Greene has known she wanted to donate her hair to charity.
“I’ve always wanted to do it, I don’t even know how I found out about it,” the 17-year-old says.
“Mum would never let me because she thought I was too young, and that I’d regret it and not know what (charity) it was for.”
So she went through the years colouring her hair and growing it instead. But the cause was always on her mind.
“At the end of last year I cut out all my bleach,” Chloe said, referring to the need to have all natural strands in order to donate the hair to charity.
Maintaining the health with regular six-weekly trims, Chloe had by the month of June grown the required eight inches in length from her collarbone down.
“It grew really quickly,” she laughed. “I then had to choose a charity.”
She liked the look of Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which makes and distributes real-hair wigs to women fighting cancer. More than 800,000 ponytails have been donated to date and between eight and 15 ponytails are used to make each wig.
Chloe’s big day finally arrived last Thursday.
“It was so strange, I can’t even remember having short hair. I haven’t had short hair since I was three.”
While admitting there were “mixed emotions” when the scissors took over, Chloe said, “I couldn’t be more proud to give away my hair, it’s actually such a good feeling.”
The Circular Head Christian School student said reactions from family and friends had been positive.
“It’s good to make others proud as well as myself,” she said.
“I wanted to get the word out there that you can actually do stuff like this.”
Chloe thanked the staff at Snipits Hair & Beauty for making the moment even more special.
“They were all there to support me, it was great! The atmosphere was calming.”
While her best friend Taya French was behind the initial snip, senior stylist Letitia House was on hold to perfect the look.
Chloe has since dyed her hair, something she has patiently been waiting years to do while knowing her ultimate goal would be well worth waiting for.
BEFORE AND AFTER: Chloe Greene, 17, has waited years to donate her long hair to charity, choosing Pantene Beautiful Lengths which will see the hair made into a wig for women battling cancer.