A SCHOOLGIRL decided to lose her locks to help children affected by cancer.
Gayatri Kapadia, 12, had her head shaved at Shapes In Hair in Alexandra Avenue, South Harrow, on Saturday, so that the hair can be sent to The Little Princess Trust to be turned into a wig for youngsters who have gone bald due to chemotherapy.
Her mother Sejal, a teacher, father Pranab, who works in the movie industry, and older sister Malaika, 14, came from their Drake Road, South Harrow, home to watch along with other family, friends, salon staff and customers as Gayatri received a buzz cut.
Mrs Kapadia said: “My daughter hadn’t had a haircut in four months so she had just over shoulder-length hair. Jade, the stylist, asked if she wanted a ‘1’ razor cut but Gayatri said, no, she’d just go for the shortest ‘0’ cut.
“It took about 15 mins and the staff had to tie her hair into little ponytails so the charity received the hair in the best condition.
“She was slightly nervous and very excited.
“I had a few tears and Jade had a few tears.”
Gayatri, a former Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School pupil, decided to undergo the change after being inspired by a novel she read a month ago in which a beautiful women forgoes her dream to be a fashion model by shaving her head in act of allegiance to her sister who has cancer.
The 12-year-old has generated £3,000 in sponsorship for the same charity to cover the cost of manufacturing the wig and was joined in the stylist’s chair by cousin Shreya, 2, who also had a head shave because it is a custom among very young Indian girls.
Mrs Kapadia said: “It was so uplifting. The atmosphere was like a party.
“Gayatri was absolutely amazing and it made us feel very humbled.”
The family were told it could take between 6 and 8 months, or even up a year, for Gayatri’s hair to grow back to the same length it was before.
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