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North Texas Girl Donates Hair To Inspire Others

She didn't get a haircut for 11 years for the single purpose of helping other children

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Tis' the season for giving, but some gifts have the power to transform lives.

A North Texas 11-year-old made such a gift and she may inspire you to do the same thing.

Diana Torres went her entire life without a haircut with the goal of donating her long locks.

"I have my own healthy hair and I feel like if I give some, that it would benefit them," said Torres.

In August, Diana accomplished her goal. She cut 15-inches of hair and sent it to Children With Hair Loss, a charity that provides free wigs to children who have lost their hair for any reason.

In a matter of minutes, 11 years of detangling, broken hair ties, and endless ponytails are gone.

At 'Bigger Better Hair' salon, a 'Children With Hair Loss' partner salon, owners say more than a hundred people make the same decision to donate, every year.

The hair has to be at least 8-inches long before it's sectioned off, cut off and shipped off to the charity's headquarters in Michigan.

"We see the value and we love being a part of this end of this equation. It's really so heart felt," said salon owner Brandon Stephens.

On the other end are children like 11-year-old Mylee, who has alopecia areata, a condition that causes hair loss.

She received her free wig from 'Children With Hair Loss' last month.

"The first thing she did was run her fingers thorugh it and she was like, 'this is awesome.' When you donate your hair, that's what you get to give to these children, that confidence," said Mylee's mother Katelynne Spears Figueredo of Louisiana.

It's a gift donors like Diana Torres wait patiently to give.

"I'm really happy that I did that."

Other hair donation charities include Locks of Love, Wigs for Kids and Hair We Share.

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