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Justin Dickie
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Michels donates hair in memory of grandfather

Jennifer Michels doesn't think she looks good with long hair.

So for roughly a year and a half, she sacrificed her appearance, but for a reason much more important than what she saw in the mirror.

Locks of Love

Jennifer Michels doesn't think she looks good with long hair.

So for roughly a year and a half, she sacrificed her appearance, but for a reason much more important than what she saw in the mirror.

"When I was younger, when my grandfather first got diagnosed with cancer, he always told me that I could share (my hair) with someone who needed it more than me," Michels said from Hot Heads Salon recently. "So I always said that once I was done with school, that I would donate it."

Hot Heads owner Heather Brown snipped off 18 months-worth of hair-growing in about 30 seconds. The cut was quick, painless, and relieving for Michels, who let her hair grow the longest it's ever been so she could do something fancy with it for prom.

She'd wanted to do it ever since her grandfather, John Michels Sr., died of cancer in 2000, but she felt she had to wait for the right time.

"I never knew exactly how much was cut off and I've had long hair my whole life so I thought I'd finish school, I'd start a new chapter of my life and I'd try something different," she said.

The hair will be donated to Locks for Love, an organization that makes hairpieces for cancer patients.

Michels is glad to finally have accomplished something she'd been waiting a long time to do.

"It's nice. Now somebody else can benefit from it," she said. "I'm proud of it.

"It's just for him."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

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