05/31/2012 11:28 am ET

California Inmates Donate Hair To Locks Of Love

When a dozen female inmates each filed into their respective barbers’ chair, they continued a 15-year tradition of doing good.

The 12 women from Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, Calif., chopped their long locks for charity -- each donating 10 or more inches Thursday to Locks of Love. The organization makes free hairpieces for low-income young people suffering from long-term hair loss due to any medical condition, the Merced Sun-Star reports.

Many of the inmates also happen to be mothers, and the opportunity to help a child in need just seemed like a natural fit.

Angela Guarjardo, 32, told the news source she hopes her three kids will be proud of her.

"It makes you feel like you're doing something good," Guarjardo said. "You're giving back. You're stepping up your game now. You're showing, OK, I'm back, I'm doing something good."

This long-held tradition came on the heels of a new national appeal to get even more men and women to give up their tresses to Locks of Love.

Seventeen Magazine and Pantene Beautiful Lengths dubbed April 27 the first-ever National Donate Your Hair Day. Many salons hopped on board, offering discounted cuts for those brave enough to sheer their strands.

“Our 13 million readers love their hair, but it’s even more important for them to give back in the world,” Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen Magazine, said in a press release. “Every action, large or small, can make a huge difference in the life of a woman battling cancer.”

To find out more about donating your hair to Locks of Love, click here.