FOR A TEENAGE girl having 20cm of hair chopped off must take some guts at the best of times but having it done in front of hundreds of onlookers takes a special kind of bravery.
And yesterday four students from Grafton High School rose to the occasion.
The girls, Krystal King, Acacia Endean, Samantha Limbert and Kate Sneesby, took to the stage during the school's assembly and had 20cm of hair cut off for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign.
This effort, combined with the Look Good Feel Better campaign, will use the hair to make wigs for women who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.
The students - ranging from Year 9 to Year 12 - said they'd been "extremely nervous," in the lead-up to the big chop.
"I was basically hyperventilating for the first two periods today I was that nervous," Acacia said.
Despite the nerves, each of the girls said it was a worthy cause and they were glad they were able to help out, although each had firmly booked a hairdressing appointment for yesterday afternoon to tidy up their new bobs. Tina-Marie Tarrant - who helped co-ordinate the event - said she was extremely proud of the girls.
"Hair is so important to teenage girls so these four have done something really special," she said.
Ms Tarrant said she hoped to make the hair donation an annual event at Grafton High and any other schools that were interested.