Telling West Wollongong twins Melody and Layla Pierags apart used to be easy – one wore plaits, the other a ponytail.
But after lopping 25cm off their golden locks for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths campaign it might be a bit harder.
The 10-year-old girls couldn’t be happier with their decision though. Not only will their hair be made into wigs to help adult cancer patients going through treatment, they’ve also raised nearly $3000 for the KidzWish Foundation to help out local kids.
And their motivation hit close to home too – with dad Chris Pierags celebrating being 10-years cancer free. Which made the hair-cutting event pretty emotional this week.
"Their dad was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma when the twins were six months old, so in their first birthday photos he had a shaved head due to chemo," mum Rowena said.
"So it was a special moment to see them getting their hair cut to help others undergoing treatment, and I couldn’t be prouder of them."
The cut, at Unanderra’s Primose on Tannery on Wednesday afternoon, was a bit of a shock for the girls – and mum – though.
"Melody had her hair cut shorter a few years ago but Layla has always had long hair – I’ve always called them Rapunzel and Goldilocks," Mrs Pierags said.
"So it was a bit of a shock for us all but the girls are happy with the result, and are happy to be rocking a bob."
Mrs Pierags said they had chosen to donate to the Pantene campaign as it allows for slightly shorter lengths than others – anything over 20cm is allowed.
"The girls were happy that their hair would be made into wigs for adult cancer patients," she said.
"However they also wanted to do something to help kids who were sick or disadvantaged, so fundraising for KidzWish was a great solution."