KIND-HEARTED teenager Emillie Metcalf waved goodbye to her long locks when she had her hair cut for the very first time to help out cancer charities.
Emillie, 16, got an incredible 18 inches lopped off in front of fellow students at Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Hartlepool.
She is donating her hair to the Little Princess Trust charity, which provides real hair wigs to children suffering hair loss through cancer or other illnesses.
Emillie said: “I’ve been growing my hair all my life. I have always had it long and don’t even like going for a trim.
“I decided last year to have it cut, it just got to the point where I needed the guts to do it and I finally decided.
“I think there is someone else who will appreciate it way more than I do.”
She shed a tear as town hair stylist Anna Campbell did the deed in front of her friends and teachers in school assembly.
It was put in a bag and will soon be turned into a wig for young cancer and alopecia sufferers.
It is the same charity that singer Jessie J supported when she had her shaved for Comic Relief.
Emillie is also collecting sponsorship in school for Cancer Research.
Anne Johnson, Dyke House’s assistant head of school, said: “People of all ages have to go through chemotherapy and these wigs make a real difference to people.”
Afterwards, an emotional Emillie said: “I can’t believe I’ve just done it. It doesn’t feel real.”
After school, she went to Anna Campbell’s in York Road to have her hair properly styled.
And despite the difficult decision to have the chop, Emillie is not planning to grow it to the same length again.
“Once I get used it being short, I think I will gradually keep it shorter,” said Emillie, who is studying for her GCSEs.
Emillie was also supported on the day by her mum Julie, 54, and self-employed builder dad Grahame, 55.
Julie, who works as a teaching assistant at Eldon Grove Academy, said: “We’re really proud of her.
“She thought about doing it for a long time. I think it will look lovely when it is styled.”