A real-life Rapunzel will have her first haircut to help another little girl regain her crowning glory.
Four-year-old Anna Chappell’s curly waist-length brown hair – which has never been cut – will be chopped-off in December.
And the big-hearted Kilbarchan youngster will donate 12 inches of it to national charity, the Little Princess Trust, who make free real-hair wigs for children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other hair loss conditions.
Proud mum, Lauren McCall, 25, a dental nurse at Kilbarchan Dental Practice, says Anna, who attends Gleniffer Nursery in Johnstone, is looking forward to her haircut and has designs on a trendy shoulder-length bob cut.
Lauren said: “Anna has never had a haircut in her life, not even a trim.
“She was born with a full head of really thick hair and it’s just grown and grown.
“I’ve never had the heart to get it cut, it’s too beautiful and curly but now it’s getting to the stage where it’s really long and thick.”
After years of maintaining the youngster’s flowing locks with regular washing, brushing and plaiting, Lauren decided a trip to the hairdressers was long overdue.
She said: “I read something online about someone in Australia donating their hair to charity and I found out about the Little Princess Trust.
“I thought it was a wonderful idea and explained to Anna what it involved and asked if it was something she wanted to do.
“She thought it was a fantastic idea.”
The Little Princess Trust, set up five years ago, helps children suffering from hair loss and has gained a remarkable amount of support from the general public and celebrities alike, with television presenter and Alopecia sufferer Gail Porter appointed as the trust’s ambassador.
It costs the trust £350 to make one wig so the family has decided that as well as donating Anna’s hair, they are going to try to raise as much money as possible towards the cost of the wig.
The restyle will take place at local salon, Innovations Hair Studio and Anna has the full support of staff at Lauren’s workplace and dad Craig, 30, along with nine-month old baby brother, Owen.
Lauren said: “We’ve never had anyone close to us who has suffered from cancer, but Anna understands there are children out there who lose their hair.
“She sees it as sharing her hair with another wee girl who needs it. It’s an amazing thing to do.”
To donate to Anna’s Big Haircut, visit www.justgiving.com/anna-chappell20