A 10-year-old who cut off 13 inches of her hair to turn into a wig for a young person with cancer has set her sights on achieving a Guinness World Record.

Lexie Warwick-Oliver, had the chop in May at Absolute Curls, a salon in Horsforth.

The hair was given to Hereford's Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their hair to treatment for cancer or other conditions.

She was invited for a tour of the charity in Hereford in June, which she said was “amazing”.

“We saw some of the wigs and they were really pretty,” Lexie, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and lives in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, told the PA news agency.

“Someone there told us it can take between 30 to 60 hours to make a wig.”


Lexie's mother Jess Warwick-Oliver, 35, said the pair met people involved with different stages of the charity’s work, with wig knotter Holly Rivers explaining that  it can take 14 to 16 donations to make a wig.

Lexie received a certificate from the charity and a certificate given to her by her school, Howard Park Community School, for her kind act.

She also raised £400, which will be used to purchase sensory items for those with additional needs at her school including weighted lap buddies, which aim to ease fidgeting and help provide a sense of calm.

“There are a few people in my school who have disabilities and I know the items would help them,” she said.

“If someone has cancer or a disease where they lose their hair, having a wig might be able to help them feel more comfortable going out or feel more confident.”

The youngster has plans to continue growing and cutting her hair so she can achieve a Guinness World Record.

“I want to make a world record for helping children by cutting my hair as many times as I can,” she said.

“I’ll probably keep on going until I’m 102.”

She and her mother are currently researching if any such records exist and may try to create and verify their own record if not.