Barstow resident Vernon Williams Jr. admires the pony tail his donation to Locks of Love beautician Lynn Sanetti cut from his head at Split Endz beauty salon Thursday. His brother Vince Williams and niece Kayla look on.


Williams spent two and a half years growing his thick curly hair to a length of 10 inches the minimum length needed to create a hair piece. He chose Oct. 28 to cut his hair to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to honor his mother, former mayor Katy Yslas Yent.


Yent would have been 68 years old Thursday. She died of breast cancer March 2003.