Crystal Antoinette Villela of El Centro shed more than her youth during her quinceañera celebration Saturday.
The 15-year-old cut off the long, dark brown locks she had been growing since the second grade.
Crystal's mother, Maria Enriquez, said before Saturday her daughter had only had her hair trimmed during the last several years and was excited to cut more off for a good cause.
Crystal said when she was younger she heard about a girl donating hair to be used in hair pieces for children who need them and, "I thought it was nice."
Crystal will send her hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 18 who have hair loss due to medical reasons.