Friday was not only St. Patrick’s Day, but at Hopscotch Salon on Railroad Ave in Greenwich, it was also a day of giving. The salon offered Jenny Byxbee a haircut, and in return Byxbee donated eight inches of her long brown hair to be sent to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to be made into a wig for a cancer patient.
Byxbee, who oversees youth services for the town of Greenwich, counted Friday’s ponytail donation as her third.
“My friend Debbie inspired me,” she said, adding that her friend, who has beautiful long dark hair, is in remission from cancer.
“She cut her hair to donate and inspired me and my daughter Katie to do it too,” Byxbee recalled, adding that her daughter was seven at the time.
Pantene’s donation requirements are quite specific. While there is no maximum length for donation, there is a minimum of eight inches, and hair must not be colored. As per Pantene’s requirements, Byxbee arrived with clean hair with no hair products in it.
Stylist Manjola Vuka brushed and braided Byxbee’s hair and fastened it with rubber bands in three places, working backwards from the eight inch minimum.
“It’s a good thing to do to honor the memory of those who have been lost and to lead by example,” Byxbee said. “This is not big news, but if it inspires someone else to do it, it’s worth it.”
Instructions to donate a ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths can be found online.
Hopscotch Salon is located at 10 Railroad Avenue in Greenwich. Tel (203) 661-0107.