While most image-conscious teenagers spend hours in front of the mirror perfecting their hair-dos, one Hemel Hempstead girl decided her own long locks could be put to far better use.
Former John F Kennedy School pupil Nicole Penrose was inspired to chop off her golden tresses after being inspired by her close pal and cancer survivor James Wigg.
Bone cancer fighter James is now in remission after chemotherapy and surgery to remove his left knee.
He introduced classmate Nicole to the charity Little Princess Trust, which provides free, real-hair wigs to children who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment and other illnesses.
At an event in the Marlowes Shopping Centre on Saturday, Nicole – who works part time as a trainer with the Energy School of Dancing – donated her cut hair to the organisation after collecting almost £1,500 in sponsorship.
She said: “I honestly didn’t realise how much hair means until that first plait was cut off – I was nearly crying.
“It is so nice to know that it is going towards someone who may have no hair after what they’ve been through, and it wasn’t their choice.
“The support I and my friends had was amazing.”
Dancers from the Energy troupe also performed throughout the day.