One of the best things about John Green being internet famous is that he’s constantly online and sharing awesome details about the production of the movie based on his novel, The Fault in Our Stars. On Tuesday he announced via YouTube and elaborated on Tumblr about the big aesthetic change that Shailene Woodley is making this weekend to play Hazel Grace Lancaster.
There’s no denying that Shailene has gorgeous hair. When it’s not pulled back, it reaches almost to her natural waist and has the kind of beauty that you know comes from being healthy, not from hours at the salon. Her character in The Fault in Our Stars (or TFiOS as it’s known online) is a 16-year-old cancer patient, so fans already expected to see a very different look in the movie. What wasn’t necessarily expected though, is that rather than wear a wig for the role, Shailene is going to cut her hair and donate it to Children With Hair Loss, a non-profit organization who provides wigs for children dealing with medically-related hair loss.
As a founding member of Nerdfighteria, John is a big believer in promoting awesome and decreasing world-suck (all the things that suck in the world), so of course he’s excited over something like this! He shared it in his Vlogbrothers video on Tuesday as well as on his Tumblr, not exactly compelling the community to do the same, but wanting to share the idea with them and encourage them to do so if they had any inclination to do so. John did ask that if anyone does participate, to post about it and use the tags #hairforhazel and #itgrowsback to keep the posts trackable.
I hope that Children With Hair Loss is ready for the donations they’re about to get; Shailene has joined the conversation and explained her own relationship with her hair and is urging anyone who is in a place to do so to donate theirs as well. She is also gracious enough to be clear that if you love your long hair, you should definitely keep rocking it.
Just from the volume of posts on tumblr about people cutting their hair, I’m going to guess that they will be receiving many more donations in the next few weeks than they typically do. As someone who has donated her hair in the past, I think it’s a fantastic thing and would encourage anyone who is comfortable doing so to check out the donation page and head to a salon. When I cut mine, I went to a SuperCuts and they did it for free, you may want to call a local place and see if that is offered near you!
I’ve been scrolling through the tags on tumblr and I can’t help but notice that every single person I’ve seen with a before and after picture looks AMAZING in the after picture. It’s starting to make me want to go for a super short cut myself! I’ll probably just end up donating some money to help CWHL fund the wig making.
As soon as there are pictures of Shailene’s cut, we’ll be sharing them, in the meantime, please leave a comment sharing your donation stories or whether you’ll be participating in this unofficial hairforhazel drive!