Girl, 10, feels ‘proud’ after cutting off 13 inches of hair to make cancer wig

A neurodivergent 10-year-old has said she feels “proud” after cutting off 13 inches of her hair to make a wig for a young person with cancer.

Lexie Warwick-Oliver, who lives in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, had the chop on Saturday afternoon at Absolute Curls, a salon in Horsforth, who offered her a discount and gave her some curly hair products after they found out why she was having the cut.

Lexie, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), told the PA news agency: “I’m feeling really proud of myself.

“I felt a bit nervous having it at first, but I really like my hair now and I’m really relieved it is over and done with.”

Jess Warwick-Oliver, 35, who is Lexie’s mother and also her carer, added: “It’s very difficult for Lexie to let anybody touch her because of her autism, so we did struggle a bit today, but we got through it.”

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(from left to right) Lexie and her mother (Jess Warwick-Oliver/PA)

The hair, which has been sectioned into roughly eight bunches, is to be posted to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge to children and young people who have lost their hair to cancer or other conditions.

Lexie will receive a certificate from the charity to congratulate her for her efforts.

In 2021, the youngster cut off 16 inches of hair, which was also donated to the charity, as well as raising £500 to support the daughter of a family friend who had leukemia.

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A comparison of Lexie’s hair pre-cut and post-cut (Jess Warwick-Oliver/PA)

It took Lexie three years to grow out her hair again so that she had enough hair to cut to be turned into a wig.

Alongside the haircut, the 10-year-old has been trying to raise money for sensory items for those with additional needs at Howard Park Community School, her primary school, including bubble lights, fidget spinners and space blankets, as she has first-hand experience of the benefits.

“They make me feel better, more regulated and calmer,” she said.

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Lexie had roughly 13 inches of hair cut off (Jess Warwick-Oliver/PA)

Ms Warwick-Oliver added: “She would like to help other children have those items as well.”

Lexie has raised close to £300 out of her £500 target, which she said she is “really happy” about.

“Hopefully we’ll raise more money to help more and more people at my school,” she added.

A message Lexie said she wants to share with those who have autism or ADHD is: “Don’t let anyone try to stop you from achieving your goals.

“Ignore them and keep going towards your goal.”

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Lexie said she likes her new hair-do (Jess Warwick-Oliver/PA)

Lexie said her classmates and teachers wished her “good luck” before she had the cut, and her school also gave her a certificate to commend her for her charitable act.

She hopes she can inspire others to follow suit.

“Hopefully they’ll see what I did and feel comfortable enough to cut their hair and donate to people with cancer, so it’ll make them feel better,” she said.

“Don’t be nervous about cutting off hair – be brave, it’ll grow back.”

Ms Warwick-Oliver said she is “so proud” of her daughter for her “selfless” drive to help others.

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Lexie has been growing out her hair for roughly three years (Jess Warwick-Oliver/PA)

“She’s done this and it has been so selfless; she’s not done it for herself, it’s for two causes and I’m really proud of her,” she said.

“It’s been emotional the last couple of days and one of my friends who had cancer and had a wig in the past and has a son at the same school as Lexie who also has additional needs wrote a lovely message on Facebook and tagged us when she found out what Lexie was doing.

“She said Lexie’s helped us twice and we are all so proud of Lexie.”

Lexie’s fundraising page can be accessed here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/my-amazing-daughter-donating-her-hair-again