IT TOOK Pauline Wilson 14 years to grow her luscious locks 16 inches long, but only one snip to get rid of it all.
Pauline, 53, of Rowlands Castle, had a massive 14 inches taken off in one go for a dramatic new look.
The cut was done by Kensington Hair Studio, Marmion Road, Southsea.
The salon will be donating her hair to a children’s charity Little Princess Trust.
The charity makes wigs for young people who have suffered hair loss from cancer treatment.
Pauline, a housewife, said: ‘The last time I had short hair was 14 years ago, but even so this is pretty short.
‘For the past year I was growing it long because I knew I was going to get it all cut off at once.
‘It was a shock to see it all go, but you quickly get used to it.
‘It was strange putting on my jacket and not having to pull my hair away from under it.
‘My friends and family say it makes me look 10 years younger – that’s something I’m not going to argue with.’
Salon manager Sara Piper had the idea of donating the hair and hopes other people will take inspiration and donate hair too.
She said: ‘It was a really special day and it became quite raucous as Pauline had a few girlfriends along too.
‘What we’re really hoping is more people will come forward and donate hair with us.
‘With this charity you know the hair goes specifically for children’s wigs and that’s important for them.
‘If people want to donate hair then we welcome them to come in and visit us.’
And Pauline also hopes people will back the charity.
‘I really hope more people will do this,’ added Pauline.
‘Recently I’ve known a few people suffer breast cancer, but if you donate hair to cancer charities you don’t know where it goes.
‘With the trust you know it will help children.’