Shear delight to share
Tayven Parent decided on a Rapunzel theme for her sixth birthday party on Saturday, Feb. 11.
After all, the young girl has been known for her long, flowing locks — just like Rapunzel — for as long as she can remember.
But, by the time the party began, that wasn’t the case because the day before, the actual day of Tayven’s sixth birthday, she got the first haircut of her life — all for a worthy cause.
“It’s gonna be short,” Tayven told KTW while sitting in a Barbie Power Wheels car modified to become a barber’s chair at Cuts for Kids in Sahali.
“They’re gonna make a wig out of it and they’re gonna donate it to a girl who doesn’t have hair.”
Prior to the haircut, Tayven was more than happy to stand up and show off her long hair.
When she took out her pony tail, it fell well past her waist.
Alyssa Parent, Tayven’s mother, said her daughter’s hair had never, ever been cut prior to Friday — not even a trim of the bangs.
“Never at all,” Alyssa said.
“It grew in a way we didn’t have to cut it.”
Alyssa said Tayven was surprisingly OK with the haircut, even though she’s routinely stopped on the street by strangers and told what beautiful hair she has.
“She’s excited and she knows what the cause is,” the beaming mom said.
The haircut went off without a hitch.
Tayven smiled throughout and about 18 inches of hair was recovered and taken to the Canadian Cancer Society for its Locks of Love program.
Tayven now has shoulder-length hair — and another young girl battling cancer will have a beautiful wig.