A brave 14 year old from Plymstock made the decision to have 14 inches cut off the length of her hair at the Koko Salon, which is based at Cornwall College Saltash, in aid of charity. Faith Hamilton has so far raised over £600 for the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs to boys and girls across the UK that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
Through social media Faith was able to find information on how to donate her own hair to the cause, she knew she needed a certain length to enable a wig to be made, so continued growing it.
Faith said: “I made the decision to do this after watching a film about children with cancer. It drew my attention to the side effects of the disease and the way hair is lost during treatment. I hope my hair will make a very nice wig, it’s something I have wanted to do for a long time, so I just kept growing my hair until it was long enough.”
Faith’s mum Lyndsey said: “I am very proud of Faith, what she has done is a lovely gesture and a great way to raise awareness of this fantastic course. I would like to thank the Hairdressing department at Cornwall College Saltash for helping Faith achieve this.”
The Little Princess Trust work with specialist suppliers and experienced hairdressers who offer wigs tailored to the individual child’s needs to give the most realistic look and feel, as close as possible to their original hair.
Hairdressing lecturer at Cornwall College Saltash, Gina Reed, said: “Faith was very brave, for a young person to have never had her hair dramatically cut and then do something like this is a remarkable gesture, I was humbled that Faith trusted us at Cornwall College Saltash to cut her hair for this cause.”