Two students who have spent years growing their hair have shaved it all off to help raise money for children in Zambia.
In front of a packed school hall in Potters Bar, Mount Grace School (Hertfordshire, UK) pupils Tina Khatri, 15, and Giacomo Sidoli, 16, braved the shears as they waved goodbye to their long locks.
The pair has raised a total of £800 for Greater Joy School in Zambia, which is sponsored by the charity Beyond Ourselves.
Giacomo is slowly getting used to his new hairdo after having all 13 inches of his brown locks shaved off.
He said: “I’d had my hair long for two years so it’s taking some getting used to. But it was for a good cause – hopefully what we’ve managed to raise will help make a difference in Zambia.”
Tina, who used to have 18 inches of dark glossy hair, said: “The charity is really great so I just thought why not. But it was really scary when my ponytail was chopped off – I definitely had a mix of emotions.
“I can’t stop touching my scalp, but I’m getting used to it.”
Tina plans to give her hair to the charity Lots of Love, which makes wigs for children with permanent hair loss.
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