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This Social Media Star Learned the Hard Way How to Properly Donate Hair for Cancer

A social media star accused of lying about donating locks of her platinum blond hair to cancer patients is speaking out in her own defense.

?€?To help clear any assumptions, I cut my hair with the intention of donating it,?€? 21-year-old Lele Pons tweeted Friday to her 1.3 million followers. ?€?Sadly after trying, I learned charities who donate wigs don?€?t accept color treated hair. So I?€?m finding other ways to help those affected by hair loss b/c??of cancer. This is still a priority for me.?€?

The controversy unfolded Wednesday when Pons, a vlogger-slash-model-slash-YouTube star known for her crass humor, stylish selfies, and comical skits, posted a photo on Instagram of her alongside a friend who held up Pons?€?s bleached blond ponytail. ?€?DONATED MY HAIR !!!!?€? Pons wrote to her 18.1 million followers. ?€?First time I ever cut my hair. What do you think????€?

Lele Pons?€?s Instagram post kicked off a wave of controversy. (Photo: LelePons via Instagram)

One eagle-eyed fan noted that the ponytail looked a lot like a hair extension and the public came down hard on Pons, accusing her of staging the haircut.

It?€?s unknown which charitable organization Pons had intended to use. However, according toLocks of Love, a nonprofit that donates hair pieces to disadvantaged children suffering from medical conditions, bleached hair is not usable. Per the website, ?€?Hair that has been bleached (usually this refers to highlighted hair) is not usable. If unsure, ask your stylist. We are not able to accept bleached hair due to a chemical reaction that occurs during the manufacturing process. **If the hair was bleached years ago and has completely grown out it is fine to donate.?€?

Pons did not return Yahoo Beauty?€?s request for comment, and it?€?s unclear why she posted a photo of hair extensions instead of her natural hair. But she did send Buzzfeed a photo of her real hair cut off in a ponytail, and a now deleted photo from her social media accounts features the star sitting in a hairstylist?€?s chair with a shorter ?€?do.

It sounds as if??Pons had genuine intentions. After all, a woman who announces her nose jobon Twitter, admits to still living with her mother, and is willing to look silly on camera??clearly has very little??to hide.

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