Actress Sai Bennett is probably best known for her role as Jessie, the flirty shop assistant in ITV’s series Mr Selfridge. She will also shortly appear in Michael Winterbottom’s film about Amanda Knox.
The 23 year-old from London is a model as well as an actress, appearing on the books of the prestigious Storm Models agency, and she lately made the bold decision to cut off her luscious locks for charity.
The idea came when Bennett was searching online for ideas to raise money for charity and came across the Little Princess Trust’s website. The site, set up in 2006, was created in memory of Hannah Tarplee, a five year-old who sadly passed away from cancer in 2005.
Wigs for hair loss
Choosing to chop off her long, flowing dark hair into a stylish, shaggy bob wasn’t an easy decision, but the talented star is in good company; singer Jessie J famously shaved her head in 2013 for Comic Relief, donating it to the charity. The hair will be used by Little Princess Trust to create wigs for children who have lost their hair after undergoing cancer treatment. Bennett explained: “This costs the charity £350 per wig, but thankfully there is no cost to the family.”
A good decision
Bennett even raised her own sponsorship for her drastic haircut, as the Little Princess Trust isn’t in receipt of any formal funding. The star, who has just signed up for a third series of Mr Selfridge, went on to say: “Short hair is amazing! It means I spend less time in the make-up chair before filming, which equals more sleep and I don’t even have an option when going out. It is what it is which I love.”
She goes on to say her hair cut was “so liberating, like a cleanse” and is delighted with the difference she has made. For anyone else considering chopping off their hair for charity, her advice is clear, “Go for it, you won’t look back.” She says. “Just make sure you send your hair to Little Princess Trust!”
More about Little Princess Trust
We at The Belgravia Centre are long-time supporters of the Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes real-hair wigs for children who have lost hair from cancer treatment, or from other hair loss conditions such as Alopecia.
The Little Princess Trust relies on hair donations from the public in order to make these personalised wigs. Each wig is painstakingly put together and, due to their particularly small sizes, are expensive to manufacture. Therefore hair donations and fundraising is crucial to enable the Little Princess Trust to continue to provide wigs made from real hair to better the lives of children with hair loss.
Donating your hair
If you would like to donate your hair to Little Princess Trust, you can find more information on their website. Generally, if your hair is a minimum of 7 inches in length, clean and any colour (coloured, bleached and highlighted hair is acceptable too), straight or curly, you can donate it to the charity. If it is deemed acceptable, Little Princess Trust will send it to their wig factory in China, where it will be made into a wig for children experiencing hair loss.
The Belgravia Centre
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.