At Hopscotch Salon, Jenny Byxbee Makes the Cut for Charity

Jenny Byxbee was greeted by Hopscotch manager Sarah Potter on Friday, St. Patrick’s Day, when she arrived to have a hair cut and donate eight inch ponytail to Pantene Beautiful Lengths. The hair will be used to make a wig for a cancer patient. Photo: Leslie Yager

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.

Manjola Vuka, a stylist at Hopscotch Salon, measured out eight inches of Jenny Byxbee’s hair with the “Golden Rule” ruler. March 17, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Jenny Byxbee, Golden Rule

Jenny Byxbee with the Golden Rule ruler, which reminds everyone to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” March 17, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Manjola Vuka

Jenny Byxbee looks fabulous after Hopscotch’s Manjola Vuka styles her hair. March 1, 2017

After donating her ponytail, Byxbee still has shoulder length hair. March 17, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Jenny Byxbee

Manjola Vuka finishes up Jenny Byxbee’s haircut at Hopscotch. March 17, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Jenny Byxbee meets Manjola Vuka, the stylist at Hopscotch who offered to cut her hair. March 17, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Stylist assistant Cohco Harris looks on as Manjola Vuka starts to braid Jenny Byxbee's hair. March 17, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Stylist assistant Cohco Harris looks on as Manjola Vuka starts to braid Jenny Byxbee’s hair. March 17, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager


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