Giuliana Rancic helps a cancer survivor cut off 45 inches of hair

Giuliana Rancic Helps a Cancer Survivor Cut Off 45 Inches of Hair
Giuliana Rancic Helps a Cancer Survivor Cut Off 45 Inches of Hair

For most of her life, 59-year-old Charley has had long hair.

"People know me by my long hair; it's a trademark," the south Florida native says.

This trademark look wound up playing a pivotal role in her life when, at the age of 23, Charley was diagnosed with uterine cancer.

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During treatment, Charley -- who did not lose her hair at the time -- met a young girl in the children's hospital who said her one wish was to have long hair like Charley's. Fighting back tears, Charley made a decision: From that point on, she would donate her hair to children fighting cancer.

Charley says she donated her hair about "every two or three years" -- until age 50, when she received the terrifying news that she had breast cancer.

This time around, Charley "went through a lot of chemo" and unfortunately lost her trademark hair. Charley calls this experience a "devastating" time in her life.

"I couldn't face the world without my hair," she says. "My crowning glory was gone; my self-esteem was gone; my confidence was gone."

"I lost more than my hair when I lost my hair."

Charley ultimately beat cancer a second time. Now, nine years later, her hair is long again -- 45", to be exact -- and she's ready for a new look that matches both her inspirational story and personality.

So, the producers at 'Rachael Ray' reached out to another breast cancer survivor -- TV's Giuliana Rancic -- to help get the job done. How did it all turn out? Watch the incredible reveal to find out!

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