Most people would probably be a bit apprehensive about getting 12 inches of hair lopped off, but Abby Eastman was all smiles as she walked into The Spa at Pinehurst on Wednesday morning.
“I was really excited,” she said.
Beaming from ear to ear, the 9-year-old sat down in the chair with her long blond hair flowing down her back. Abigail Allen got to work combing the fourth-grader’s hair into four long ponytails.
When all her friends started getting haircuts a few weeks ago, Abby decided it was time for a change. She wanted to get her long locks cut shorter before basketball season got underway.
Her mother, Rachel Eastman, suggested donating the hair, an idea Abby immediately liked.
“I want to donate it to kids with cancer so they can feel pretty like me,” she said.
After snipping the first ponytail, Allen turned Abby around to show her the hair.
“I was a little surprised,” she said.
But after getting her new shoulder-length hair layered and styled, Abby was glowing.
“I really like it,” she said.
Rachel Eastman said she was proud of her daughter’s decision to donate her hair to another child who is going through something difficult.
“She’s always had a giving heart,” she said.
Abby’s hair will be mailed to Wigs for Kids, a non-profit organization that creates handmade wigs for children suffering from hair loss.