Giving the gift of hair

Giving the gift of hair

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Imogen Baggetta (centre) with her mother Jana and sister Isabella. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Imogen Baggetta is hoping her luscious locks would be a welcome addition to the head of a sick child or adult. 

The Roleystone Community College year one student has been growing her hair for the past two years to reach the required length to cut it and donate it to Variety WA’s Hair with Heart program. 

Imogen’s long locks will soon be handed over to a wigmaker who makes custom suction wigs for children and adults who have lost their hair due to a medical condition. 

Imogen told The Examiner she was looking forward to the cut as her hair was now heavy and takes a long time to do in the mornings before school. 

“Some of my friends will be sad when my hair is cut because they won’t be able to play with all my hair anymore,” she said. 

“But I hope having a wig to wear will make another kid happy.” 

Imogen’s parents Mark and Jana Baggetta said their daughter had put in a big effort to get to this point and it was a representation of her generous nature. 

“When we first started, the criteria for donations was 30 centimetres of hair. However, this changed when we were nearly ready to cut it,” they said. 

“So she has now grown her hair past the 35.5 centimetre requirement, which for a small person with such thick hair is trying and requires a lot of maintaining, particularly as over summer with swimming in the pool and beach but she has never wanted to give up.” 

Variety WA Hair with Heart program manager Laura Eadie said the organisation received more than 6000 hair donations last year from across the country and some overseas, which helped children who have lost their hair to cancer, alopecia and other rare conditions. 

Imogen will be cutting her hair at Naked Apple Cider House in Karragullen on March 23.