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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.

RELATED PHOTOS: See more stars that have made major hair changes lately.

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

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Crystal on

to LocksofLoveisaJoke= I did so my research with the organization that they mentions (BTW IT IS NOT LOCKS OF LOVE MENTIONED)
Children With Hair Loss Nonprofit
Help us “Cover Young Heads to Heal Young Hearts.” In order to do so please follow these requirements:
Hair should be at least 8 inches in length or longer is preferred.
Hair must be clean and dry, pony-tailed and/or braided (this keeps the hair in one direction).
Place rubberband or pony tail holder on each end.
Non-chemically treated hair is preferred (but any hair in good condition will be accepted).
Gray hair is accepted.
Print hair donation form.
Place donation form and hair in ziplock bag and mail to Children with Hair Loss
Donors are given a certificate in appreciation for their kindness.

Here is the address and phone number to the cooperation…check ‘em out yourself before you start passing judgment on all that try to help

Crystal on

Children With Hair Loss
12776 Dixie Hwy
South Rockwood, MI 48179
(734) 379 4400

Ruby on

I wish they would’ve cast Emma Watson as Hazel :( What a wonderful thing for her to do.

guest on

Did everyone fail the read the part that mentions she’s donating to Children with Hair Loss, who accept color treated hair, NOT Locks of Love? Read the article thoroughly before demanding that others do their research…

thattamiam on

Exactly a month ago today, I chopped mine off and mailed it to Locks of Love. I had been growing it for years and I loved my long hair. But I was ready. I knew part of me was too attached to it. I would get a lot of compliments on my hair so it had become somewhat of a security blanket. But I realized some people lose their hair and have no choice in the matter. Beauty is no more defined by long waves than it is by a certain dress size or good skin. I cut off about a foot and even though I occasionally miss the ease of a fishtail braid or messy bun, I haven’t regretted it yet.

Tammy on

Children with Hair Loss is a WONDERFUL charity to donate your hair to. They will use every single strand that is donated to them, even hair that is chemically processed. I know the beautiful lady that started this charity and the reason behind it. Locks of Love can learn a lesson or two from this one. I will NEVER donate to LofL…my daughter has donated twice to CWHL…and I refer everyone I know to CWHL. Thanks to Ms. Woodley, a child will feel beautiful, once again. PLEASE check out CWHL…its a wonderful charity.

terri on

She did something nice that makes her feel good about herself. Nothing wrong with that.

me on

Good on her for doing this.
But aside from that, why does she look like a 40 year old woman in that photo.

Melissa on

So happy that she chose children with hairloss. I also used this organization when I shaved my head for kids cancer through the st baldricks foundation!! CWHL doesn’t charge the children for wigs and uses colored/highlighted hair too, unlike locks of love who refuses colored hair and charges the kids for wigs!!

isabelle on

My daughter and I gave our hair to a Québec Foundation this past July that makes FREE wigs ONLY for children. We’ve decided to let it all grow again and do it again in like 2-3 years!! And yes, they accept all types of hair EVEN gray and treated. Please do your research before passing a sad comment…

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