TENIKA Vearing doesn’t mind admitting that she has grown fairly fond of her crowning glory.
But the generous Griffith teenager will sacrifice the flowing locks she has been growing for 10 years for a worthy cause.
The Pantene Beautiful Lengths program encourages women with long hair to cut it, and then donate it to be made into a real-hair wig for women undergoing cancer treatment.
The 18-year-old will bid farewell to at least 30cm of her hair on November 9, with help from local hairdresser Karen Dillon from Driver Cut n Curl.
“I’ll be sad to see it go because I’m really used to it being long but it makes it easier for me knowing that it’s going to be used for such a good cause,” Miss Vearing said.
“I was thinking about having it cut anyway and I thought I might as well donate it so someone else can benefit from it.
“I hope to raise some money to donate to the cause as well.”
Mrs Dillon is urging the community to get behind Miss Vearing.
“I think she is such a brave young girl and to think of others like this is inspirational,” she said.
“Not a lot of young people her age think of others who are going through a tough time. She is a lovely girl with a big heart.”
Donations can be made at Driver Cut n Curl or for more information call Mrs Dillon on 6962 6206.