Airdrie girls donate hair to make wigs for women with cancer
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:03 am
Airdrie residents Gabrielle Scott, 9 and her sister Bethany, 11, knew what was coming as each girl had her long, brown hair pulled into a 10-inch-long-ponytail and cut off.
Their new hairdo was not about getting a fresh look, but was the culmination of a year’s worth of growing out their hair to donate to the Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths program, which will use their hair to make a wig for women with cancer.
“We did it to bless someone with hair because for kids it grows back very quickly,” said Scott.
The girls said they hoped the donation would inspire other kids to get involved and donate their hair as well.
“It’s just hair,” Bethany said. “It will grow back quickly for kids but some people don’t have that.
“It’s worth it to have short hair because we feel it helps others,” Scott added.
Scott now sports a cute chin-length hairstyle while Bethany has a chic pixie cut.
The Beautiful Lengths program only accepts hair that is eight inches or longer, that is free of permanent colour, bleach or other chemical treatments, and is no more than five per cent gray. The restrictions can make it difficult for adults to donate their hair, which creates a great opportunity for kids to get involved in the program, said the girls’ mom Michele Scott.
“I’ve given them the philosophy of, ‘it’s hair, yours grows back,’” Michele said.
She added she encouraged the girls to grow and donate their hair because she hopes it will instill virtues of integrity and principles in her daughters.
“We’re starting it here by teaching them it’s not all about you,” Michele said. “We’re raising and inspiring people to care about each other.”
The girls said they were inspired to donate their hair from the Bible verse Matthew 25:40; “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
“It inspired us because it’s saying when you do good things, it helps other people,” Scott said.
The girls said the process was easy to do; they just kept their hair clean and brushed it daily as it grew.
They said they are really happy with their new shorter hair. Scott said she likes the shorter hair because it doesn’t get as knotted and Bethany said she likes that her showers take a lot less time now that she has less hair to care for.
The family will now mail in the hair, along with another ponytail Bethany had cut off two years ago, to Beautiful Lengths where it will be combined with other donations to make a wig for women with cancer.
For more information on Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths, visit beautifullengths.ca