Selena Marchiana (left) and her mother, Angie Goodspeed, in their West Chazy home.
Angie Goodspeed tried off and on for years to get her daughter to cut her hair to avoid the brushing and snarls.
But Selena Marchiano liked it long.
Then, one day she told her mom she wanted to cut it and donate it to Locks of Love.
“I wanted kids that don’t have that much hair to feel happy,” said the seven-year-old from West Chazy.
So she cut off nearly 12 inches and is making good on her word.
“I was so proud of her,” Goodspeed said.
Locks of Love is a non-profit charity based in the United States that accepts donations of human hair and money. It then makes wigs for needy children who have lost their hair due to a medical condition.
Since its inception in 1997, it has provided about 2,000 wigs to recipients for free or a reduced price.
“I had long hair a really long time,” Marchiano said. “I liked long hair.”
The figure skater and soccer player thought she looked pretty with long hair.
“Then she just came to me and said she wanted to cut her hair and donate it to somebody who didn’t have any,” Goodspeed said. “I was surprised. It made me really happy.”
It made her proud too.
“She’s an amazing little girl,” Goodspeed said. “The heart she has to want to help. But she has always been one to take the new kid under her wing.”
Marchiano was nervous to get her hair cut though. She thought it would hurt and the kids at school might pick on her.
Goodspeed has never been a long hair type person, but when the hair dresser snipped Marchiano’s hair off, she choked up watching her daughter.
Marchiano was scared too. She doesn’t remember ever having short hair before.
“I didn’t know what it would feel like to have short hair.”
Later at school, some of the other children did pick on her hair cut.
“I just ignored them,” Marchiano said. “I think that if I do answer them they will keep saying stuff about me.”
But Marchiano doesn’t regret cutting her hair.
She think’s it’s pretty. Plus, it doesn’t get in her face when she sleeps and it doesn’t hurt when it is brushed.
“She can brush her own hair now,” Goodspeed beamed.
Mostly, the little girl is excited about her donation.
“I am so excited to donate it so kids can have hair,” Marchiano said. “I hear that not that many people donate that much hair. Now someone will have the same hair as me, only longer.
“I’m not gonna cut my hair again for a while. For now I am going to keep it short.”