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The Chop: 12 inches of hair, $1500 for charity.

Images: Lucy Gow (supplied)

The only thing we love more than a major haircut is a major haircut that’s done for a good cause.

The Glow reader Lucy Gow has been growing her hair long since her teen years. Recently she decided it was time to try a new style – and make a difference to people’s lives at the same time.

“As corny as it sounds, lately I’ve really started to understand the joy and healing powers in giving so I wanted to do something worthwhile with my hair,” Lucy says. The first worthwhile thing was donating her 12-inch ponytail to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program – which uses hair donations to create wigs for women fighting cancer.

Lucy having a little fun midway through her chop. Or is that Yosemite Sam?

"It hit me one day - I have been told what gorgeous hair I have for as long as I can remember, so I identify with my hair, I am my hair," Lucy explains.

"If I lost it due to cancer treatment or some other illness, that would be as hard for me to deal with as dealing with the actual illness itself. While I am lucky to have strong, thick and healthy hair, which quickly grows back, I realised I am a perfect candidate to donate my hair to someone who perhaps isn't feeling so good about themselves, and would benefit from being told what lovely hair they have... even if it is a wig."

On top of that, Lucy also turned her haircut into a fundraising effort, raising over $1500 for Cure Cancer Australia Foundation. "My goal was $1000 so I am thrilled with the final amount," she says. Nice one, Lucy.

The Chop: Goodbye, 43 centimetres of hair…

Read on to find out how Lucy decided on her gorgeous shorter style.

Q&A with Lucy

What do you do with your days?

"I work as an Executive Assistant at a travel insurance company during the day and I try to get to the gym most nights if I have no other plans. I have a small biscuit business which often keeps me busy on weekends!"

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What made you decide to make a big change?

"It's time. I've had it long for so long now and just feel ready for something different. I love my red hair so I don't want to change the colour, and I'm looking forward to the time I'll save with washing and drying!"

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Did you show any images to the hairdresser?

"I took a few photos I had taken from the TV of Sienna Miller on Jimmy Fallon recently. Her hair looked super cute and just the sort of cut I wanted! I've done a lot of Google images searches of bobs in the last couple of months."

How did you describe what you wanted to your hairdresser, Adam?

"I wanted a short bob but with enough length throughout it that I could style it sleek one day and messy and curly another."

Q&A with Adam

Stylist: Adam, Creative Director and owner of Angelhair, Roseville, Sydney

How long did this transformation take?

"About an hour from consultation to completion."

What is it about this new style that’s exciting for you?

"Lucy's facial features are now accentuated and drawn out, instead of being overwhelmed by hair."

Lucy and Adam, post-chop

What sort of inspiration did you have in mind while you were doing this client’s hair?

"Sienna Miller's new tousled-bob, knowing this style would suit Lucy's hair type."

What did the transformation involve?

"The transformation began with graduation. The bob-shape was graduated with a point-cut outline. This was followed by shaping the hair around Lucy's face."

Thinking of cutting your hair? We want to know all about it! Email [email protected] if you (and your hair) would like to be featured on The Chop. You can check out the rest of the series right here.

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