SHE had striking red locks – but teenager Alex Simpson took the bold step to go bald for a good cause.
The 16-year-old took the decision to have a buzz cut to raise money for the British Heart Foundation, after her father Steve had a heart attack.
The close shave took place outside the charity’s shop in Wote Street, Basingstoke – and it was proud dad Steve who wielded the clippers.
Passers-by could not fail to notice what was going on as Steve used a PA system to tell everybody what was about to happen.
Afterwards, Alex, a hair, beauty and make-up student at BCoT, said: “It was terrifying and it looks a bit weird. It is going to take quite a bit of getting used to but it will grow back quickly.
“I had been thinking about having my head shaved for a while because I was bored, and then it just felt like the perfect excuse to do it for charity after my father had his heart attack.”
He said: “I had just gone indoors when I had pains in my chest, so I contacted the NHS hotline, which was a godsend.
“They got a nurse to phone me, she got a doctor to call me, and I was told I needed to get myself to Basingstoke hospital. I got there, and within an hour and a half I had an angioplasty.”
He added: “The head shave is a fantastic thing to do and I am intensely proud of her.”
Shoppers donated cash adding to the £600 Alex had already raised. To donate, visit justgiving.com/hairforhearts.