A Coleg Llandrillo student took the plunge and cut off 14 inches (35cm) of her hair, which she is donating to a charity that provides real hair wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatments.
18-year-old student, Liberty Outten from Bryn Pydew, Llandudno Junction, who is studying on the BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production course at the college's Rhos-on-Sea campus, lost her locks recently at Who Hairdressing in Penrhyn Bay.
Liberty will be giving her hair to the Little Princess Trust, which is a charity that provides free wigs to children throughout the UK and Ireland who have sadly lost their hair from treatments due to diseases such as cancer and alopecia. However, wigs can cost hundreds of pounds each to produce for the charity, so Liberty's offering will be gratefully received.
Liberty, who is currently on a work placement with local media outlet TV Conwy, said:
Since I found out about the Little Princess Trust I felt that I had to help. Luckily, I have had very long hair since I as a child and haven't had a haircut for years, until now! I am fairly sure that if I was suffering with cancer, that I would want a fitted wig to increase my self-confidence.
Liberty's tutor, Andrea Williams, said:
We are all very proud of Liberty. It is a great gesture and a marvellous thing for a teenage girl to do. The hairdressers' post on social media has received over 100 likes already!
Liberty recently secured a place at university to study for a degree in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Studies. She explained more:
When I was in primary school, one of my best friends was deaf, which had a profound effect on me. I will be hoping to use my new-found skills in sign language within the creative media and educational sectors, when I complete my studies.
The Little Princess Trust has been helping children with hair loss for over 10 years now. Over that time, it has given away thousands of free real hair wigs to sick boys and girls across the UK and Ireland.
For more information on Creative Media or British Sign Language courses at Coleg Llandrillo, contact the college's Learner Services team on 01492 542 338.