Nicole Romero said the thing she least expected about having her head shaved for the first time wasn’t how she would look — it was how quickly she was aware of the temperature change.
“Nobody tells you how cold it’s gonna be,” she said. “Having hair is like having a warm blanket on top of your head.”
Romero, 24, was one of more than a dozen people who volunteered to go bald on Sunday in support of the St. Baldrick’s foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for childhood cancer.
The event, which took place at Barito in Port Jefferson, was hosted by Hi-Lo 4x4 Offroad, a Long Island-based group of automotive and off-roading enthusiasts. The club had already raised more than $6,000 by Sunday afternoon to donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, after setting an initial fundraising goal of $3,000.
Despite only learning about St. Baldrick’s Day fundraisers several weeks ago, Romero said she was immediately interested in getting her head shaved in support of the cause.
“As soon as I saw the posting I knew this was something I wanted to do,” she said. “I felt like I had to get in on this.”
With her 2-year-old daughter Lyla watching, Romero was the first person of the day and the only woman to have her head shaved. As her shoulder-length brown hair cascaded onto the floor, she laughed and gasped as other attendees laughed and clapped. When she finally stood up, rubbing the top of her scalp, onlookers could be heard shouting “You’re beautiful!” as the crowd erupted in applause.
“If I can help out by doing something as simple as shaving my hair then I’m all for it,” she said. “If I can do it, then anyone else can do it.”