Sammy Hagar Cutting Hair For Children's Charity

After a love affair that has lasted more than 25 years, Sammy Hagar is saying goodbye to his curly locks, though it's for a good cause.

The ex-Van Halen frontman and solo artist has sported long hair since his days with Montrose in the mid-'70s, but a spokesperson for the singer said that Hagar will chop off his mane during a visit to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on November 12.

Hagar will then donate his hair to Locks Of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who face medical hair loss. The Florida-based not-for-profit organization solicits donations of hair as well as monetary contributions, and Hagar has encouraged fans to follow his lead.

Since its formation in December of 1997, Locks Of Love has provided hairpieces for children who have lost their hair as a result of severe burns, radiation treatment, or alopecia areata (an incurable condition that causes permanent and total hair loss). The group hopes to

soon be able extend its service to help children undergoing chemotherapy.

In addition to next month's "Tonight Show" exposure, the organization has already been highlighted on "Oprah," "20/20," "The Maury Povich Show," "Extra," and within the pages of "People" magazine. If you'd like more information or would like to help, head to www.locksoflove.org.

As for Sammy and his change of hairstyle, the frontman is asking fans for advice about the future direction of his 'do. Through a poll on Hagar's official Web site (at www.redrocker.com), fans can tell Sammy whether he should go shaved, spiked, or short, and can also offer advice on color alternatives.