Sarah goes for most extreme hairstyle yet in charity shave
A TEENAGER who used to experiment with "extreme" hairstyles has gone for her most radical yet – shaving off all her hair for charity.
Sarah Hutchinson, 18, decided to lop off her locks to raise money for Derby charity Talk It Over, which supports people of all ages who are dealing with unexpected pregnancies.
She has raised nearly £600 through sponsorship and will also be donating her hair to Banbury Postiche, an Oxfordshire firm which makes wigs from human hair.
Sarah, of Burton Road, Derby, said she felt "weird" for the first few days after the shave.
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She said: "My hair was one of the parts of my body I loved the most and so I decided to sacrifice it, to show that it was not my hair which was making me beautiful but what was on the inside.
"But it felt weird at first, definitely. The plan is to now just let it grow back naturally.
"I have had some extreme hairstyles in the past, dreadlocks and things, but I now just want to let it grow for five years, see what it really looks like."
Sarah is a member of the Community Church Derby in Riverside Road and is part of a youth group run within the church.
She said: "We were looking at ways we could become closer to God and to demonstrate our love we decided to raise money for four local charities.
"I knew about Talk It Over and I felt it was a really good cause for young people especially. So that was the charity I chose to raise for."
The shave took place at the church last weekend. So far she has raised £585, though she hopes that amount will increase through further craft and cake sales and a charity concert at the Book Cafe in Derby.
Sarah said she had been supported by her friends and family in deciding to take part in the shave and said there were some unexpected benefits, too.
The Landau Forte student said: "I found it quite liberating as I felt free from the cares of plaiting, straightening, dying, curling, crimping and combing my hair
"But I also understood how Anne Hathaway felt when she had her head shaved for Les Miserables – it was exposed and stripped.
"But I'm really proud of what I've done and the support has been amazing from everyone."