Hairdresser Amy Bill has helped lift the weight from the shoulders of customer Sam Holman who is donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust.
Sam’s hair was glorious and had to be separated into three plaits before it could be cut for the charity which provides real hair wigs and hair pieces for children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment.
Sam said she had been looking forward to the cut but nerves set in at the last minute.
She added her husband Peter was pleased her hair was being cut because the long lengths being moulted were clogging up the vacuum cleaner.
Sam said she would be sending her hair to the Little Princess Trust along with a donation towards having it turned into a wig.
She hadn’t sought sponsorship because she wanted to do something herself for others.
Former owner of Element Health and Wellbeing Sam added: “It is possible to help others without having to appeal for money. It is great to do that, but there are small ways we can all help whether it’s through donating hair, giving blood or going onto the NHS Organ Donation Register.
“I hope having this done will inspire others to help in similar small ways.”
Sam said the next opportunity to give blood in Uckfield will be on Wednesday, April 5, at Uckfield Civic Centre. There’s more information here.
The job of cutting Samantha’s hair fell to Amy Bill from The Hair Studio on Manor Park Estate, Uckfield, who has been Sam’s hairdresser for many years, though in the last year and a half, since Sam decided to grow her hair for the charity, she has only had occasional trims.
Amy said: “Her hair is beautiful. It has a natural wave and is thick and healthy. It is quite heavy so perfect for the way it is going to be used.”
She said a mix of luck and the care taken by Sam in looking after her hair meant it was in very good condition through the full length.
“Sam’s hair has no colour in it and hasn’t been through any chemical processing therefore it can cope with a bit of wear and tear.”
Once the plaits had been lopped off Sam settled down to enjoy seeing a new hairstyle emerge, complete with highlights to add to the change.