But a couple of weeks ago the Fontana native's actions spoke louder than words, she cut off 14 inches of her hair, which was down to her waist and took about three years to grow.
"I wanted to help the children and I wanted to do that with my hair," said Annelise who was sporting her new bob pulled back with a bow headband.
On Thursday evening, Annelise and 40 people who participated in a special cut-a-thon held on Dec. 4 at the Carlton Hair salon in Victoria Gardens were treated to a special event at Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Hair collected from the Rancho Cucamonga salon was donated to the nonprofit Wigs for Kids which creates hair pieces and wigs for children suffering from medical hair loss at no cost to their families.
Those who donated more than 12 inches of hair were invited to the presentation which included a Princess meet and greet with Rapunzel.
The event was in celebration of Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream which is playing at the arena until Sunday.
"To see themselves with hair is an incredible feeling for them. To look just like everybody else so they can lead a normal healthy life," said Randy Auve, founder and CEO of Ultimate Hair Dynamics in San Diego.
Auve told people it takes about 20 to 30 ponytails to make one hair piece to fit a child, adding that an individual has anywhere between 100,000 to 125,000 hair strands. Normally, a hair piece made to fit the cranium could cost $1,800. His company provides the wigs to the nonprofit, Auve said.
"These hair systems fit their head perfectly, unlike a wig that puckers or is big and bulky. These can be attached in a way that the kids can sleep, shower or shampoo their hair," he said.
The piece is made one hair strand at a time and takes six to eight weeks to complete.
More than 40 people came to cut their hair on Dec. 4. Participants received the "royal" treatment - a style consultation and new hair style. A cut at the salon ranges normally from $52 to $75, but the fee was waived because of the their hair donation.
In addition, salon staff - two who came to work on their day off - donated their time as well, said Renee Davis, manager at the Victoria Gardens Carlton Hair salon.
"It was great to see it in person," she said. "There was so many little girls, some with their hair down to the waist, willing to cut it off. As young as they were, they understood that their hair was going to go to kids that needed it and they could do something to help.
It took Davis' staff of 10 all day to cut hair which also included a man and mothers who were doing it for their children.
From the moment Davis was approached by Wigs for Kids to hold a special cut-a-thon, she was in.
Davis and her staff had actually been looking for an organization where they could help donate hair. The salon worked to spread the word about their event through its Facebook page as well as on the mall's page.
The request from 8-year-old Annelise initially caught her family off guard, said her sister, Patty Pimentel.
"How did she even think of that? She's just eight-years- old," she explained.
Annelise told her family she had seen on TV where a child who loss their hair to illness could get wigs from donated hair.
And then her sister came across a promotional flier about the event being held at the Carlton Hair salon at Victoria Gardens.
On that morning, the girls showed up at 9 a.m., even though it didn't open up for another two hours, Pimentel said.
"We were really proud she was doing something so impactful," her sister said.
It had been eight years since Thea Montgomery had cut her hair and the last time she did, she had donated it. A couple of weeks ago, she noticed an ad in the paper about the event at the Victoria Gardens salon. She decided to participate, in part because her hair had become too unmanageable, but also because she knew it would go toward a good cause.
Stylists cut a 24 inches off Montgomery's hair. The Ontario resident said she had no reservations about her new short hairdo.
"Some people can give money at Christmas, some people can give their service, I had my hair," she said.
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