Lucinda Smallacombe’s hair journey all started two years ago when she refused to get her hair cut and as time has progressed and her hair has lengthened, she is now willingly cutting her hair for charity.
The 15-year-old St Mark’s student has been growing her hair since 2015 and has decided that it is time for her luscious locks to go, and be put to a better use.
“I have been growing it for a long time and it is something I have always wanted to do, to donate it. I then realised how long it was, so I thought there are people that need it more than I do. Thought it would be a nice thing to do.”
Lucinda’s hair will be sent to Variety Australia who will then make her donation and approximately 12 other donations of hair into a wig for someone who has lost their hair due to disease.
Through social media platforms, Lucinda has raised $450 and with a goal of $750, she does not need much more to get her over the line.
“It takes a couple weeks to make one wig and they aren’t cheap, it costs a family almost up to $6,000 to purchase a wig. The money goes towards helping with the families.”Lucinda Smallacombe
The hair cut will be taking place on Saturday January 6, with hairdresser and friend Chloe Dunstan doing the chop.
Lucinda and her famiy are unsure of where it will take place, but they are looking towards a public area, such as Centro Plaza so the big chop can have an audience.
Chloe will be chopping Lucinda’s hair into a few pony tails, ensuring it meets Variety’s standards of 35.5 centimetres long.
At such a young age, Lucinda is giving up so much and for many, hair is a fashion statement, a mode of self esteem, but the Year 9 student is being praised by her peers for making the big decision.
“My friends were really surprised when I said I wanted to do it, but they think it is a nice thing to do.”
Similarly, community members are rallying around Lucinda, trying to help her raise as many funds as possible for Variety.
“So far it has just been the page, we are hoping more people will learn about it. A lot of my friends know about it.”
If you would like to donate to Lucinda’s hair chop, please head to the Variety page or donate in person.