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Shaun White Lops Off His Long Locks for Charity

12/19/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

Shaun White Haircut

From the wrong side of the law to the right side of his heart.

Olympic snowboarder Shaun White chopped off his famed long locks on Tuesday, donating several inches of his red hair to Locks of Love and documenting the process on camera.

“I’ve been thinking about this one for a while,” he says nervously in the video below. “But it’s for a good cause so I want to do it. Somebody needs it more than I do.”

After one last headbang, White, who jokes he’s “panicking” throughout the clip, lets his barber cut off his whole ponytail, then goes even shorter for the first time “in forever,” he shares.

After the shock wears off, though, White seems to be happy with his new ‘do. “I like it, it looks good,” he says. We’ll be interested to see if the star keeps his short hair — or grows it back out for the 2014 Olympics. Tell us: Do you prefer White with short or long hair? 


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Laura R. on

Wow! Shaun looks fantastic! Long hair or short, I don’t think he can look anything but great. Honestly. Kudos to you, Shaun, for thinking of others, especially ones who have a rough go of it with treatments for their illnesses. And don’t worry, it IS only hair and will grow back…quicker than you think or expect.

Doubt it on

@anyonebutbrady I tried to donate just a year ago and the beautician said I couldn’t because it was only 8 inches. If you READ the rules on the official Locks of Love website, it clearly states the hair must be 10 inches. I have other friends that have tried too and were told it must be 10 inches. Not sure what your beautician planned to do with your 6 inches of hair… :/

Les on

Looks more mature with the new do.

Kitchy on

Nooooooooo. I loved his long hair, and it suited him perfectly. But yes, it’s for a wonderful cause and it’ll grow back, so it’s tough to be truly “upset” about it.

pixie on

He looks great both ways. And if he decides he misses it, I’m sure it’ll be back in a matter of months…nothing to worry about. ;)

Kitchy on

Doubt it must’ve missed that the 6 inches also made a wig that resulted in a thank you card. Yes, it can be less. They have a standard of ten inches, but they often use other lengths for either shorter wigs or “practice” wigs. Either way, his looks easily ten inches from above the pony tail holder to the tip of the hair, it’s just curled. He has big hands and a long face, which make it look shorter in comparison, but I can’t see how that hair wouldn’t qualify for a wig . I’ve worked at several St Baldrick’s events where the shaved hair goes to Locks of Love and his is almost definitely in the “donate” category.

Misty on

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO……..Now who am I supposed to have hair envy with?? I have loved his hair for as long as I can rememeber.

Kim on

Good for him. And he looks much better with short hair!

Fawn on


Kim on

For those disagreeing about what length you can donate, this was taken DIRECTLY from the Locks of Love website;

Layered hair is acceptable if the longest layer is 10 inches.

Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 10 inches.

Shorter hair will be separated from the ponytails and sold to offset the manufacturing costs. Although the shorter hair cannot be used in the hairpieces, it still greatly helps to reduce costs.

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