Shailene Woodley Cuts (and Donates) Her Hair for The Fault In Our Stars

08/17/2013 at 11:09 AM ET

Shailene Woodley haircutCourtesy of Shailene Woodley

Shailene Woodley is almost as well-known for her gorgeous, long hair as she is for her buzzworthy roles in films like The Descendants and The Spectacular Now. But as of Friday night, the actress no longer can lay claim to those luscious locks — she cut them off for her role as a cancer patient in The Fault In Our Stars, and in honor of the character, donated them to Children With Hair Loss.

Woodley and the Fault In Our Stars author John Green had been gearing up for the actress’s big chop all week, with Woodley tweeting Friday afternoon, “a few more hours & my hair will be worn by someone new. what does your hair situation look like?? #hairforhazel.”

And the two shared the big reveal later that night. After Woodley shared a few teaser pics (first scissors, then “hair nubbins,” as she called them), Green posted a photo of the star holding up her first pigtail after it got sliced off.

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Prior to cutting her hair, Woodley got philosophical about it on her Tumblr. “For the past five years I’ve been on an I-want-to-grow-my-hair-as-long-as-possible kick … About half way through my hair-growing escapade, I began to deeply look at WHY I was so keen on creating flowing locks down my spine,” she wrote. “I finally came to the conclusion that hair, for me, was a symbol of strength … For the longest time, I was committed to never chopping it off. Cut to: now. On Saturday, it will be the shortest it’s ever been. and I feel so relieved, so ready, so dedicated.”

She also added that Green filled her in on how many fans had donated their own hair in honor of the project, keeping the author and actress apprised of their donations with the hashtags #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback. “I am in tears. HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR OUR ABILITY TO GIVE!” she wrote.

Want to join Woodley and Green in their mission to donate hair to children who don’t have it? If you have at least eight inches to give, check out their chosen charity, and be sure to tune into our chat with Green on Thurs, Aug. 22 at 10:00 a.m. to ask the author any questions you’ve got.

Tell us: Are you inspired by Woodley’s big cut? Have you done (or would you do) the same?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Hair

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Me on

I just donated to locks of love myself… It’s a fabulous program with a good cause! Way to go Shailene!

Ginger on

Both Of My Older Daughters (16, 13) Have Done It…..Mine Is Always Short, Lol.

Good For Her!

Farrah on

Too bad her hair is colored. They don’t use processed hair. They’ll throw it away. :(

LocksOfLoveIsAJoke on

They throw away most of the hair that people donate. 80% is not used. Hair cannot be gray or color treated and be in perfect condition to be used only for kids with alopecia. You could do more good by selling your hair and giving the proceeds to charity.

Guest on

I think it is wonderful she did this, and to Farrah it is my understanding that organizations that accept color treated hair will sell the hair to companies that make natural hair wigs, and then use that money to help a child obtain a hairpiece that has non-color treated hair.

LocksOfLoveIsAJoke on

I wish people did more research. People spend years growing out their hair and sadly their effort is wasted and they have to deal with a short haircut they may not like all because everyone tells them to donate their hair super long hair. You can get a lot of money selling your hair. Google it.

LocksOfLoveIsAJoke on

Hey guest … Do your research. They sell color treated hair but do NOT use the money to help children obtain a wig. They get more than enough hair to make plenty of wigs! People please read up on what a scam Locks of love is!

Allie on

I don’t understand why people take photos of themselves, when they think they look beautiful, when really they are ugly. I’m not saying they are naturally ugly by any means, but everyone can take a bad photo. I know so many pretty people, and yet it makes me wonder why they choose to post the ugliest photos of themselves, like this one of shailene woodley. It’s so embarrasing!!! When i post photos for the world to see, i make sure i get approval first, as sometimes even i can think a photo of myself looks appropriate. My mum is my best critic. She will never let me post an ugly or stupid photo of myself. And she’ll tell me, believe you me. Every photo i’m allowed to post has to be perfect! My hair, both eyes have to be the right size width, i can’t be flaring my nostrils, or poking my tongue, or making peace signs at the camera. I have to keep my legs together, my head the right angle, fingers just right.. Then again, my mum IS a photographer, so i suppose that is why i am this way.

abidah on

Only seriously intrested persons will be welcomed,,please,we hate spammers,,you have to work and use the computer and internet, and if you can do that and dedicate some time each day then you can do this with no problem. I have been working with this for a month and have made over $2,000 already. let me know if you need more here you go… w w w b a r 1 7 c o m… we need more agents all around the world,Thanks

Andrea on

Please note she is not donating to Locks of Love, she’s donating to Children With Hair Loss. They accept chemically treated hair. Let’s not jump on her for doing something good.

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