WHEN most ‘Love Islanders’ leave the ITV2 villa with their new-found fame they usually enhance their hair with extensions — but not Savanna Darnell, who has decided to shave off her locks.
Dinnington-born Savanna (22), who starred in this year’s biggest reality TV show, said she wants to “start again” with her hair after years of dyeing and over-processing it.
Her time on the show has helped her notch up more than 98,000 Instagram followers and 14,000 You Tube subscribers, and with more TV in the pipeline many of her friends can’t believe she has decided to go bald.
“A lot of people are amazed by it, not a lot of girls would do it after Love Island,” said dancer and singer Savanna.
“Everyone comes out and gets hair extensions — but I’m doing the opposite!”
Savanna’s head shave on Sunday (19) will raise money for the Make a Wish Foundation and she is urging people to donate to the worthy cause.
“It was my mum’s idea. My hair was driving me insane and not how I wanted it to be when I was in the Love Island villa.
“I started dyeing it when I was 14 and it’s just dead now.
“I’ve lost all my curl and if I’m in the public eye I want my hair to be perfect, so my mum just said; ‘Why don’t you just start again?’.”
Savanna will stream her extreme haircut on her Instagram page @_savannadarnell for her fans to watch.
“I’m going to embrace my baldness but also going to enjoy playing around with wigs.”
It was on her Instagram page where Love Island producers spotted Savanna and asked her to audition for the reality TV dating show.
She starred in the promotional adverts in the run-up to the series but said it had taken her a while to decide whether to take the plunge and become an ‘Islander’.
“I just thought if this door has opened for a reason then I should take it,” she said.
“Before that I was freelancing, doing music videos, films and commercials, but I had to put that all that on hold as they (the producers) don’t tell you when you’re going into the villa until the very last minute.
“They did fly me out at the very beginning of the series but then flew me back home for two weeks.
“Then on the fourth week of the show they told me I was going to go into the Casa Amor villa with the other new girls.
“It was weird seeing the boys in person, it felt like I was meeting famous people as I had just spent a month watching them. And I only met the new girls as we were walking into the villa — I think the Casa Amor girls get put in a really difficult situation.
“It was the weirdest experience seeing all the cameras and getting mic’d up knowing someone is watching you.
“I didn’t last as long as I hoped on the show, or get as much air-time as I hoped, but I get that they have a lot to fit into an hour-long show.
“It was still the best experience and I had the best time.”
The day after her head-shave Savanna is running a dance workshop in Sheffield. Beyond that, she will be busy video-blogging and could even pop up on ITV2’s battle of the sexes — Survival of the Fittest.
To sponsor her head-shave visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/savannadarnell.