Published: Feb 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST
Updated: Feb 22, 2011 4:31 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla.-- A teacher at Island Coast High School in Cape Coral got a hair cut at the hands of a student Tuesday.

Environmental Science teacher Joe Mallon donates his hair to the "Locks of Love" charity every two years.

This year, in order to increase student participation, he offered them the chance to cut his hair if they donated.

Senior Samantha DeGraaf was chosen randomly.

DeGraaf hasn't gotten a hair cut since 8th grade, so she had more than enough to donate.

When asked how much she wanted taken off, she told the stylist 12 inches instead of the usual 10.

The shorter, leftover hair that was trimmed off during the styling process can't be donated, but it won't go to waste.

Mr. Mallon says the extra hair will be used as a part of a science lesson showing how hair can be used to make booms to clean up oil in water, similar to those used during the clean-up of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that collects hair to make wigs for children who have suffered hair loss as a result of a variety of illnesses.