Category Archives: Cutting Events

CHS Students Host Pantene Beautiful Lengths Event!

Last year, when thinking about senior projects in math class, it came to Savannah Cavanaugh that she should donate her hair. As soon as the idea popped into her mind, she knew she had to pursue it, and as class ended she rushed to her friend Angela and asked her to be part of it. Both of their families have been affected by cancer. Savannah watched her grandmother battle and defeat ovarian cancer, and both Angela’s mom and grandmother battled breast cancer. Angela’s grandmother’s cancer came back and she is battling it now.

At the time when Savannah and Angela decided to organize a Pantene Beautiful Lengths Pep rally, they did not realize all of the time, hard work, and immense satisfaction that would come out of the project.

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 After the project was approved, signs were hung all over the school in an attempt to recruit donors. They posted outside of Walmart in the middle of winter to raise funds to make their pep rally a success. They also found amazing donors who made the event the success that it was. The girls also recruited hairstylists because they both wanted the best for the people who were donating!

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In the end 36 students and community members came out to donate their ponytails to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. There wasn’t a dry eye in the gym as dancers did an emotional performance to “Angel” and cancer survivors spoke about their experiences and the importance of hair donations.

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Then it was time for The Cut. The excitement was so thick and hung in the air during the countdown…3, 2, 1 and the scissors cut the ponytails! The whole school was focused on the semi-circle of donors who were making such a selfless donation.  Additionally, six brave boys volunteered to shave their heads in order to raise awareness, and the Vice Principal shaved each of their heads before the ponytails were cut.

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 “There has never been so much hugging in one room EVER,” said Savannah. “It was an emotional experience for everyone involved. The whole community was so supportive of us and the whole event; we are extremely appreciative. If anyone has even an inkling of wanting to participate in Pantene Beautiful Lengths – DO IT! You will not regret it. It was such a success, that two new, upcoming seniors have already started planning next years pep rally.”


Keene State College Second Annual Donation Day

by Allie Bedell

On Saturday, April 13, 2014 Keene State College held its second annual Donation Day for Pantene Beautiful Lengths. 114 brave donors made the cut, nearly doubling the number of donors in just one year. At the start of the event, only 102 donors were registered. 14 others asked to donate immediately following the event after hearing from speakers and seeing the crowd donate together.


KSC Beautiful Lengths began in 2012 when KSC students Allie Bedell and Brittany Porter started a social media campaign encouraging young women to grow out their hair for the first Donation Day. Funded by a Pepsi Grant on campus, 60 women donated at the first event. In just one year and with the help of student Alyssa DeMarco, who will be the Donation Day 2015 coordinator, Bedell fundraised more than $3,500 to continue Donation Day.

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Bedell and DeMarco are preparing to launch planning for Donation Day 2015 and have already received commitments from students to pledge to donate their hair.


Photos by KSC sophomore Jake Coughlin

Londonderry High School – Eighth Annual Day of Giving!

By Steven Juster

Londonderry High School held its eighth annual Day of Giving event on Friday, January 10th, 2014. The feature event at this assembly is the Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation. This year, a record 234 students, with a few staff and parents in the mix, participated in the simultaneous cut.


As student Rachel Larkin said to me, having seen her grandmother taken by cancer, she knew there were young girls at the hospital refusing treatment because they did not want to lose their hair. She and the other angels spent the morning taking that obstacle away.
Several students and alumni were participating for a second, third and fourth time. Often, alumni drop off their donations throughout the year, but many of them were able to be on the floor to cut in front of, and inspire, the full-school assembly, also open to parents and community members.

The cut itself is a spectacle to see, but it is the stories that the donor/angels tell me through the year, some of which I share that day, that brings out the humanity in the room.
Student Brittany Varney has never had her hair short – NEVER – long hair her entire life, yet there she was, on the floor.
Student Anna Tighe said “Ever since I was little, ever since I was little, I’ve wanted REALLY long hair, and now my hair is the longest it has ever been.” She was there on the floor this morning because, again in her words, “I can help one person.”
Student Tianna Federico loves her long hair and donated as a sophomore so her hair would be long for her prom this year, but there she was, “I am able to go to the prom, “ she said, “while there are girls sitting in hospitals with no hair and IVs in their arms.” Tianna is 18 weeks from her prom, but donated.

Rebecca Solomons, a student at the town kindergarten (Moose Hill) was on the floor. This was Rebecca’s first haircut. She wanted to cut it with her sister,senior Hannah Solomons, who also donated.

Student Tori Ackley is the only person who actually physically shuddered handing me her form. She has attempted in years past to donate. I have handed the form back to her, told her to really think about this. The last time we talked tears welled in her eyes, but she smiled her wonderful smile, and handed me her paperwork.

I am blessed to be in a position where I encounter young people who see past their own interests to do the greater good. No wonder I call them angels.
A special feature this year was Class of 2013 alum Myranda Brodsky, who had pledged to donate all of her hair as part of a fund-raising campaign for the American Cancer Society . She was able to present a check to them for $5,600. She chose to donate at LHS because she said she wanted to be among all these young women giving such a wonderful gift, and that it felt like “home”. We were honored to be spectators as she had her hair clippered close, to begin the next step of her journey, which is to raise awareness and support for breast cancer research. She hopes her grand gesture will bring about grand change.

This event would not happen without our team of professional stylists, who volunteer, many year after year, giving of their time to donate to making our angels beautiful, with a lot of skill and a lot of TLC. This year we had 23 stylists attend from area salons.
BLE_Londonderry_NH1859In 2011, we lost our angel, then sophomore Rebecca Tenney, suddenly to meningitis in September. She had already donated once, and had signed up to donate again that next year. After discussions about keeping an empty chair open for her, her friends filled it by donating in her place. Since then, someone, a friend or family member, has been here to fill her seat. This year, three of parents’ (Mark and Tammy) nieces came from Massachusetts to fill her seat. Her parents also attended.

Lastly, before the cut, three students stepped forward:
Meredith Byerly was there in honor of her grandmother, who died of ovarian cancer the day she was born. As she was dying, she had her health care worker put an X on the calendar to mark Meredith’s impending birth date. As Meredith said, “she really wanted to meet me”. But there is more. Her grandmother was a twin, and her twin sister came to Meredith’s important events, though she lived miles away, to make her feel loved. She also passed away from cancer, and Meredith knew it was time to give back.
Amina Dallahi, a nine year old whose brother attends the high school, was born with Downs Syndrome. She was diagnosed with leukemia when she was four years old, and from 4 to 6 underwent the transfusions and chemo and lost all her hair. She is a survivor, healthy, and now that her hair has grown to beautiful lengths, she came over from the elementary school to donate.

Senior Maddy Gerlisch came forward with Terri, a local worker at the Dunkin Donuts/ country store whom everyone in town knows. Terri is a cancer survivor who lost all her hair. Maddy works with her. Maddy called Terri, “my second mother,” and talked about how she “could not imagine her life without her.” Maddy cut in her honor.

Following an inspirational song, the cut occurred: family, friends and survivors cutting long ponytails, tears and smiles and hugs all around. Though snowing and cold outside, it was a beautiful morning at Londonderry High School, Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Procter & Gamble Hair Donation Event

On Monday, June 10, Procter & Gamble hosted its 3rd Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation event at P&G Headquarters. Over 75 P&G employees, family, friends and members of the Cincinnati community collectively donated over 400 ponytails that will be used to create free real-hair wigs for women undergoing cancer treatments.

byr_0335A Pantene Beautiful Lengths banner, giant pink and purple balloons, DJ and many smiling faces welcomed the hair donors as they registered for the event and proudly changed into their pink Pantene Beautiful Lengths t-shirts, eager to donate their hair to such a great cause.

IMG_0336Among the attendees were several special guests including, P&G Executive, Walter Geiger; WCPO-TV ‘Good Morning Tri-State’ news anchor; Katherine Nero and P&G employee, Julie Noe. Walter provided heartfelt opening remarks welcoming everyone, while thanking those who were donating their hair and volunteering their time to help and support. Katherine and Julie both shared their personal stories and provided great advice encouraging and inspiring women to take charge of their health.  Julie also shared a special moment with her daughter Bella, who donated 8 inches of her hair in front of the entire crowd.

IMG_0437Pantene was also blessed to have more than 30 local Cincinnati hair stylists donate their time to provide free hair styling for those who cut their hair.

byr_0614byr_0445The P&G Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation event was a tremendous success, and the program is so thankful to have received so many hair donations. It’s P&G’s goal to give back to the community through philanthropic work that benefit the lives of others. With the kindness of the community, the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program is truly making a difference.

byr_0061 byr_0127 IMG_0555byr_0272IMG_0299We’d like to give a special thanks to everyone who came out and supported this event, and we hope that more people will donate their 8 inches of hair for Pantene’s 2nd annual National Donate Your Hair Day on September 7!

Miami of Ohio Pantene Beautiful Lengths Kick-Off Event

The Miami of Ohio Pantene Beautiful Lengths Kick-off Event was a huge success!  With more than 100 students in attendance, 35 students pledged to donate their hair at the cutting event in April.

The event kicked off with Miami student, Jenna, (who is a cancer survivor) speaking to the attendees  – she then introduced a student-produced video which featured students from the Miami community who have been personally touched by cancer.  This video lives on YouTube and has received more than 1,000 views so far!

 Thank you to Miami of Ohio and we look forward to gaining more pledges throughout the coming weeks!

Londonderry High School Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Donation Event – Friday, January 11th, 2013

The Seventh annual Pantene Beautiful Lengths hair donation event at Londonderry High School will take place on Friday, January 11th, 2013. This year, over 120 students, staff and family members are signed up to donate on the gym floor, in one simultaneous cut done by family and friends, many of whom have dealt directly with cancer, in front of over two thousand students, staff and community members. The seven year total for donations is close to 1300 individuals!

So how does Londonderry High School get these numbers? Do students look to Anne Hathaway or other cropped stars for inspiration? The secret is, they look to each other. “It really began with Kaela MacInnis, who was a sophomore.” Coordinator Steve Juster recalls, “Kaela has beautiful full blonde hair. When she donated and wore an above-the-shoulders blunt bob, a number of students came to me to sign up for the next year. I had not even designed the permission slip as yet for that next year! Many remarked on how breathtaking  Kaela looked with her hair cut, and told me if she could donate, they could do it as well, and their hair would look great, also.” Now in college, Kaela returns to donate her hair again this year.

“Now,” Juster says, “posters around the school that publicize the event always contain student photos. They inspire each other. The hallways of Londonderry High School are crowded with angels.”

St. Anne’s Belfield Hosts an Amazing Cutting Event

Looking to host a cutting a cutting event at your local school? Here is some amazing inspiration!

Watch students of St. Anne’s Belfield as they donate their hair for a greater cause…

What an amazing event. Thank you St. Anne’s Belfield for your amazing contribution to Pantene Beautiful Lengths!