To Baldly Go: Shailene Woodley Shaves Head for Charity

The star’s decision to shave her head and donate her hair spurs a social media campaign in support.
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Aug 15, 2013
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In preparation for her star turn in the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, Shailene Woodley is shaving her head and donating her locks to charity.

Based on the popular YA novel of the same name, the film follows two Indianapolis teenagers who meet at a Cancer Kid Support Group. The book was a New York Times bestseller and won accolades from Time, NPR and the Washington Post.

Woodley’s giving her hair to Children With Hair Loss, a 13-year-old nonprofit that donates human hair replacements to children dealing with loss for any medically related reason—not to be confused with the notorious Locks of Love, which earlier this year came under scrutiny for misappropriating a near $6 million in hair donations.

By comparison, the scandal-free Children With Hair Loss takes hair donations of eight inches or more and fashions them into wigs, which are then offered to kids in need—free of charge—all the way up to age 21.

Stars author John Green is in the midst of organizing a social media campaign to encourage others to shave their heads for good (and he reports even Shailene’s mom is getting in on the action.) Check out his Tumblr for more information, to get involved, or even take the plunge. (Plenty of time for some respectable growback by winter.) 

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