Female Citadel freshmen get 'knob' haircuts, donate hair

VIDEO: Female Citadel freshmen cadets get 'knob' haircuts, donate hair

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Four female freshmen Citadel cadets, known as "knobs," received haircuts normally reserved for male freshmen cadets Thursday, but for a good cause.

After the cuts, the quartet donated the hair to Locks of Love, an organization that uses donated hair to create wigs and hair prosthetics for children who lose their hair during cancer treatment.

"I actually like it so far, I thought it was going to be really scary, but I'm okay, it's just hair, it will grow back eventually," Cadet Ali Guild said.

"I had decided a while ago that I was going to go to a military college or to an academy, or I was enlisting. So I was like well I will grow it out and then my senior year I will cut it all off an donate it, and this is just a perfect opportunity to do that and I'm doing it among my fellow cadets which is great," Cadet Angie Rubino said.

Normally female cadets must maintain a hair length of three inches on top and two inches along the sides. Male cadets must have their hair cut down to between one-quarter to one half-inch in length.

The nickname "knob" refers to the look of the short hair.

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