A RHYL teenager excluded from school lessons for dyeing her hair red has received a message of support from one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
Terri Bancroft's hair-raising story has attracted the attention of chart-topping RnB singer Rhianna largely responsible for the popularity of claret coloured hair.
The singer who inspired the “Rhianna Red” hair trend Tweeted on Saturday to her 18 million followers: “U are my hero Terry Bancroft!!!!! The color of your hair doesn't change who u are, you are an A grade student #1love” with a picture of Terri included in the message.
Aspiring RAF pilot Terri, 15, of Brookes Avenue, was excluded from classes at Blessed Edward Jones RC school for week when the school deemed her hair to be too red.
Anne-Marie Ketley, Terri’s mother, was left surprised by the message of support from the singing superstar.
“I’m a little bit in shock, we never sort of expected it.
“Terri has been a little bit shocked and a little bit embarrassed. She found out from a phone call minutes after the tweet went up.
“She is a fan but she didn’t do it to copy her, it amazing that she found out about it and tweeted about it.”
Terri’s hair colour story, which has been published in national newspapers and magazines since appearing in The Journal last week, led to an unexpected offer from a Rhyl business.
After learning of the mother-of-three Anne-Marie’s tight financial situation, staff at Cruze Hairdressing, on Sussex Street, offered to re-dye Terri’s hair free of charge.
Russell Owen, owner of Cruze, said: “Reading the story, we thought it was a pity she was missing out on her education. We thought it would be a good thing to do to offer our service for free."
The A* student is now back in class, and Anne-Marie Ketley sent a “huge thank you” to the hairdressers for their help as well as members of the public for their support.