One of the owners of the salon where the “Oops” singer shaved her head Friday exclusively tells E! News’ Giuliani DePandi that Spears’ shorn tresses were saved and may be sold for a good cause.
“She didn’t want her hair. We have it here at the salon and we will probably auction it off for charity,” said JT Tognozzi, co-owner of Esther’s Hair Cutting Studio in Tarzana, California.
Tognozzi didn’t elaborate on a timetable for any auction or which charity might be the beneficiary of Spears’ mane, but he did offer new details of the buzz cut heard ’round the world.
He says that Spears, accompanied by two bodyguards, knocked on the door to Esther’s around 7 p.m. Friday. Spears had never been to the salon before, and the shop was closed for the night, but Tognozzi says that he immediately recognized the singer and let her in.
Spears said she wanted to get her head shaved. Tognozzi sat her down, looked her over and then suggested less drastic alternatives.
But Spears wasn’t budging.
“She was on a mission,” he said. “She had made up her mind that she was shaving her head before she came in.”
According to Tognozzi, Spears said she was tired of her hair extensions and wanted to make like Sinead O’Connor. Then she asked Tognozzi if she could do the deed herself.
“She grabbed the shears and just started shaving her head,” Tognozzi said. Asked if anyone tried to intervene, he responded, “No, she wasn’t there with any friends. Just a couple of bodyguards who didn’t try to stop her.”
Once Spears put down the clippers, Tognozzi offered to finish the job and dust the hair off.
Spears topped off the image makeover later in the evening by stopping at a nearby tattoo parlor to be inked with a black, white and pink cross on her lower hip and red and pink lips on her wrist.
Spears reportedly flew into L.A. from Miami earlier in the day, after an aborted attempt at rehab in the Caribbean.
While there has been no official word from Spears’ camp on her recent antics, a source tells E! Online’s Marc Malkin that Spears’ mother is distraught over the singer’s behavior and the family is “in major intervention mode. Her mom is constantly crying. Her family is freaking out.”