There is a little more magic in the world because of Emilee Heald.
The little legend last week trimmed her long locks to donate to Variety: The Children’s Charity.
A young samaritan from Smithton, Emilee was curious to know how and why wigs are made.
So with mum Shannon, she searched online to find out more and soon discovered all sorts of reasons why people wear wigs. For some, she found, it is because of medical conditions.
This spurred on the 10-year-old and with just a little protest from her parents, her mind was made up.
Her excitement grew when she booked in to see Smithton Haircare Studio’s Tegan Walsh the following week.
“Every day she’d ask if today was the day,” says Shannon.
While preparing for the chop – washing, drying and straightening her hair the night before – Emilee knew she was ready for her long locks to go onto a second life.
“I wanted to do it no matter what,” she says.
When Wednesday rolled around, Emilee was a little more nervous.
Her hair was pulled up into four ponytails and measured to 36 centimetres.
She watched on in the mirror with a mixture of emotions: a little scared, a little excited.
The end result was a stylish new look and a feeling of fulfilment.
While she hasn’t thought about who her hair might help, Emilee says she hopes it makes an impact on another’s life.
To find out more about Variety, visit www.variety.org.au.