A trip to the hairdresser doesn’t usually involve getting a 2ft chop, but that’s exactly what happened to 18-year-old Serena Ridyard from Bispham.
With hair reaching down to her tail bone, Serena is the Fylde Coast’s answer to Rapunzel, but the decision to get the chop came as no surprise.
“It’s caused me a lot of problems,” she said.
“I get food in it, it gets in my face and it gets trapped in things.
“My decision to get it cut came from all these things happening in one day, it just got too much for me.”
And the left over hair won’t just be swept up off the hairdresser’s floor – it’s being sent to help poorly children.
The hair will be donated to The Little Princess Trust, an organisation which makes human hair wigs for young children undergoing cancer treatment in the UK and Ireland.
The charity sends off the human hair to wig manufacturers in China, who then send back the finished products which are distributed to the children that need them, free of charge.
The haircut was performed by Sheila Gerrard of Muse Hair Salon in Layton, who has been trimming Serena’s hair since she was a little girl.
Despite never having had a major haircut before the 2ft chop hasn’t phased Serena, and her decision to donate the hair to charity stemmed from her attachment to it.
She added: “I didn’t want to see it go to waste, and if someone else could benefit from it then that’s great.”