Eight inches of locks ... and love

<I>Contributed photo</I><BR>Above, Leah Comer holds up an eight-inch pigtail of her hair that she's donating to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

CANYON CITY - While she said she enjoys her new, shorter, pig-tailed haircut, Leah Comer is ready to grow her hair long again.

Just so she can get it cut. Again.

The kindergartener from Canyon City recently had eight inches of her blond locks chopped off to be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. From the hair contributions, the company then makes wigs for women who have lost their hair due to cancer treatment.

According to Leah's mom, Sheila, it takes about six ponytails for the company to make one wig. She said that Pantene does not accept permed or color-treated hair, but added that there are no age limits for donors.

Leah is following the example of her sister, 8-year-old Andrea, who did the same thing about a year ago, and was featured in a story in the Blue Mountain Eagle. The same stylist, Lisa Schrieber, did the cutting honors for both girls.

Andrea had donated her hair to Locks of Love, which has a minimum length requirement of 10 inches. Pantene's is only eight, which worked for Leah, who was getting eager to participate.

Andrea said she's been growing hers out so she can make another donation, too.

For more information, visit (Click Here) for a link to Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

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