When Helen Hill became tired of how long her hair was, she let it grow longer rather than getting it cut.
Last Wednesday, the 16-year-old Thomson girl finally scheduled a hair cut - and donated the trimmings to Locks of Love.
Helen Hill holds the locks she plans to donate to the Locks of Love program.
Locks of Love is a non-profit organization which provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children, usually six-18 years old, who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss.
Donated hair must be bundled in a ponytail, and a minimum of 10 in. in length. A single hairpiece is made from six to 10 ponytails.
"When I got tired of how long it was this time, then I just waited for it to get to 10 in.," Helen said.
Helen said she doesn't remember how she first heard of Locks of Love, but "it's kind of a neat idea."
This is her second time to donate her hair to the organization.
"It was totally her idea. When she told me what she wanted to do, I said ėGreat, go for it'," said her mother, Jo Albert-Hill.
Helen had her hair cut at The Upper Cut by David Pierce, who said she was a "pleasure to work with." Mr. Pierce said he has been cutting hair for 10 years, and has done many cuts for Locks of Love.
"It's always fun when you get to cut that much hair off at one time, because it gives them a totally new look," he said.
Because Helen dances classical ballet at Augusta Dance Theater, she usually wears her hair pulled up.
Helen said her new hairstyle is "a little different, because I have a really, really short ponytail."
Helen, a junior at Thomson High School, said "people really seem to like" her new short ėdo, and the first thing they ask her is "Why did you cut so much of it off?"
"When I tell them it was for Locks of Love, they always smile. My hair is a pretty color, and it's great to know that someone else will benefit from my hair," Helen said.