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Charlottesville Performing Arts Students Donate Hair for Wigs

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The director of Charlottesville Performing Arts School is encouraging dancers to step up for women in need.

Several dancers have begun cutting their hair every year to help make wigs for cancer patients. On Tuesday, 13-year-old Brianna Ripley cut off her hair to be donated for wig-making, for the third time.

"If people have long hair and they don't like it, just cutting it off and throwing it in the garbage is a waste. Just donate it,” Ripley said.

But that's not why she cuts hers. When Ripley was 7 years old, her school guidance counselor was diagnosed with leukemia. "Well she had to go through chemotherapy and she had to come to school with no hair and that made us all very upset, and I just decided to donate it to make wigs for somebody to go through that like she did,” she said.

Her dance teacher, school director Lea Moore, is proud to encourage girls to consider donating to Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program.

"It’s really a personal choice but I think for those who have family members who've went through cancer, it's more of a personal thing and I would encourage them to do it because hair isn't what makes your character; it’s you,” Moore said.

Ripley agrees. Calm and collected, she let her ponytail be snipped off, glad to be giving back to someone in need.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths does have some basic requirements; hair has to be at least eight inches and cannot be bleached or dyed.

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