Cosmetology students help cancer patients with haircuts

While watching one of her favorite television shows, political science major Nallely Bodillo was inspired to donate her hair to cancer patients that have lost theirs due to chemotherapy.

With each donation, the department will give each person a free haircut.

The minimum length to donate is eight inches and will be donated to the “Pantene Beautiful Lengths” program that supports the American Breast Cancer Association.

She said, “I’ll cut my hair and I’ll help someone out.”

As she was waiting for her hair to grow a little bit longer to donate, she decided that she wanted to create a school-wide event.

Bodillo created a hair donation event that will take place in the Falcon Square and the Cosmetology Department salon on April 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In order to get the ball rolling, Bodillo said, “We called a bunch of people to come by and donate their hair [and] we got a lot of salons to send in their people.”

Cosmetology department chair and instructor Pat Novinski said she was happy to be a part of the event, being a breast cancer survivor herself.

“I think it’s a great community service and it’s a good thing that we’re doing to help promote breast cancer awareness.”

She did an event three years in a row for the program “Locks of Love” for the city of Norwalk with about 15 of her cosmetology students.

They had gone to cut hair to donate for the same cause.

Cosmetology major Stephanie Velasco said, “I think that being a part of it is good because you know that you’re doing something for someone that is in need.”

She has seen people show up to get their hair cut and has cut someone’s hair for donating.