Abby is a sweet 7-year-old girl with lovely strawberry blond hair. From babyhood on, she was complimented so much on her beautiful locks that her mother was concerned those compliments might lead to vanity. However, as always, Abby showed her kind heart.
Abby’s mother had told her daughter about a little girl in their neighborhood who had gone through chemotherapy. She explained Pantene Beautiful Lengths, and what the campaign strives to do. Abby did not know about Pantene Beautiful Lengths or the idea that a person could actually donate his or her hair. But after that discussion, Abby latched onto the idea and decided then and there that this was something she was going to do.
Abbey before making the kindest cut
Abby’s kindness is extremely moving, and her mother says, “as often is the case, I have seen her be generous and kind with no thought to her own personal gain. I’ve seen through my daughter’s eyes how one person can make a difference.”
Abby’s donation is very remarkable for a 7 year old, and she is already talking about the next time she donates.
We are very grateful for Abby’s giving spirit!
Do YOU want to nominate someone to be our Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hero of the Month? It can be a friend, family member, stylist or you can even nominate an entire salon! Send all nominations to: BeautifulLengthsWigs@devries-pr.com.
When Danielle Mills from Atlanta, GA got engaged, she started growing out her hair for the big day on June 12, 2011. She realized how lucky she was to be able to grow her hair long, and planned to cut it after the wedding and give it to those who weren’t as lucky.
Growing up, Danielle lost her aunt, her grandmother and a friend to cancer. She never got to meet her grandfather, who also died of cancer before she was born.
She decided to use this hair cut as a way to try and raise funds for the American Cancer Society (to find out more about her fundraising efforts, visit her site here). On Thanksgiving, Danielle cut off 12 inches of hair. She is looking forward to growing it out, so that she can make the cut again!
Since Pantene began its Beautiful Lengths program back in July 2006, the campaign has collected over 262,828 ponytails. The average person has about 100,000 hairs on their head, and one 8 inch haircut can really make a difference.
Little Anna Rose Ferrara, from White Plains, NY, made the kindest cut of all at the Eclipse Salon in Scarsdale, NY and chose to donate her beautiful brunette ponytail to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. Her smile is sweeter than ever!
Thank you for your support Anna Rose!!
Around the country, people are coming together.
One good do deserves another – Grand Coulee Dam Area
Friends Fighting Cancer, a group that annually competes to raise the most money for cancer research during the Relay for Life event, has joined with local hair stylists to offer an enticement one cut above the rest. People who have at least eight inches of hair they’d like to cut off can donate that length to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths.
Organizations gladly accept hair donations – Clarion Ledger, Mississippi
Q: My father recently read one of your columns on the subject of hair donations for adults. He would like more information about how to donate. – Amanda
RELAY FOR LIFE: At $320,000 and counting…. – The Ridge Field Press
According to Shine co-owner Stephanie Johnson, Relay participants were cheering on those getting their ponytails cut. Afterwards, they sent the locks to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which creates real-hair wigs for cancer patients. Donations were much appreciated, as it takes six ponytails to make just one wig.
Hair today, gone… today – The Reading Advocate, Reading MA
Loud cheers and applause could be heard from the Barrows Elementary School cafeteria Monday afternoon as 13 girls, two moms and one teacher each held up their snipped-off ponytails.
Thanks Krista for your question about planning a local event! We thought the answer might be of interest to others, so we wanted to share a sample media alert that we have used to spread the word about events in the past. You might also want to check out the Beautiful Lengths website, which includes a guide and timeline for planning your own cutting event. We would love to hear what you are planning. E-mail us at Beautiful_lengths@yahoo.com to tell us about your success. Thanks again for all the great questions!
CUTTING [INSERT CITY]’S PONYTAILS!
[NUMBER] [CITY/COMPANY] [RESIDENTS/EMPLOYEES] Gather to Cut and Donate Hair For Cancer Charity Campaign
WHEN:[TIME] AM/PM, [DATE] Actual cut to take place at [EXACT CUT TIME]
WHAT:[CITY/COMPANY] [RESIDENTS/EMPLOYEES] are coming together for a Pantene Beautiful Lengths ponytail cutting event. Created in partnership with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), Pantene Beautiful Lengths is the first campaign that encourages individuals to grow, cut and donate their healthy hair to make free wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment. By giving so selflessly of themselves, these individuals will be joining thousands of people across the country who have already made the kindest cut of all.
WHO: [NAME/COMPANY], [NOTABLE ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS] and local stylists.
WHY: Hair donations are made into free, real-hair wigs by Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign partner HairUWear® and are distributed for free to female cancer patients through the national network of American Cancer Society® wig banks.
[STREET ADDRESS] [CITY]
CONTACT: [INSERT YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION]For more information about Pantene Beautiful Lengths and ways to get involved in the program, visit beautifullengths.com.
GREAT PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY!
Brennan Blomgren one of our Hometown Ambassadors from St. Paul, Minnesota rallied support for this program by coordinating Minnesota’s first Pantene Beautiful Lengths Hair Cutting Party at the Mall of America!
I am a fervent supporter of this program, and I fought hard to make Minnesota ’s first cutting party as successful as possible. I went to schools, I was on a news program on television, and in the end my efforts paid off. At the time, that cutting party was the most successful that the program had ever had. I don’t remember how many people came and donated, but let me say this. We had six professional hairdressers there, and we were there for about five hours. The people from Rocco Altebelli’s never got a break. The lines were always full until the very end, and even then we had to turn people down. I am certain that had we stayed until people stopped coming, we would still be in that mall snipping away!
A BIG thanks to Brennan and all of the other ambassadors and supporter who make this program shine!