Friends of Molly Watts will not recognise her when she returns to school today after having over a foot of her long hair cut off.
The 12-year-old – who has only ever had her hair cut twice – surrendered to the scissors for a charitable cause.
The 13 inches she had snipped off will be given to the Little Princess Trust and be turned into wigs for children battling cancer who have suffered hair loss.
Kind Molly decided to do it after watching her dad Andrew Watts, 37, and little brother Charlie, aged nine, run in July’s Miles for Men race in aid of Cancer Research.
Mum Rebecca Watts, 35, said: “We were talking about possibly getting her hair cut and she said no.
“She has only ever had it cut twice, she just refuses and never wants to have it cut. Two inches was the most you could take.
I don’t think my friends will recognise me, they have never known me with short hair
“Then I said ‘would you ever do it for charity?’. Then a few weeks ago when the boys did Miles for Men she said she wanted to cut her hair for charity.”
Family friend and hairdresser Tracy Weatherill, of Davidoz salon, in Milton Road, Hartlepool, offered to do the deed and style Molly’s short new look.
Rebecca, also mum to Phoebe, aged 15, added: “I’m so proud of her. I think she is very brave to do it.
“To go from not wanting to have it cut at all to having so much taken off is fantastic.
“It will take me a while to get used to it but I think she’s loving it already.” Molly, who attends Manor Academy, was happy with her new look.
She said: “I really like it. I never thought I would look good with short hair.
“I don’t think my friends will recognise me, they have never known me with short hair.”