Female Citadel knobs donate hair to Locks of Love

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP/WCIV) - Four incoming female Citadel cadets on Thursday got their military haircuts and donated their locks to a good cause.

The cadets who report to the Charleston military college on Saturday got along with their recruiter at an Urban Nirvana salon.

The college says in a release that all are donating their hair to Locks of Love, which provides wigs for children who lose their hair during cancer treatment.

"That's the positive thing that I kept thinking, even though my hair is going to be gone. I just keep thinking, 'Alright, it's going to be for someone who needs it,'" said Alexis Aguirre, one of the incoming freshmen.

The girls' recruiter said it's done as a way to teach the incoming students the importance of giving back.

The media was invited Thursday. Reporters are not allowed in the Citadel barbershop when freshmen get their haircuts.

Female cadets must have hair three inches long on top and two inches long on the sides when they report.

First-year cadets are often called knobs because of their short haircuts.