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Today's Takeaway: Women test Dove's 'beauty patches'; Prince George has a playdate

April 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM ET

Women test "beauty patches" in new Dove campaign, Prince George has a very public playdate and David Alexander shaves 73 heads to set a Guinness World Record.
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Women test "beauty patches" in new Dove campaign, Prince George has a very public playdate and David Alexander shaves 73 heads to set a Guinness World Record.

1. It got a bit hairy on the plaza this morning — when barber David Alexander shaved 73 heads to raise money for cancer research, that is. The group set a new Guinness World Record as part of our Spring Breakers TODAY series.  

Video: A dare between three friends to shave their heads to bring awareness to children’s cancer became the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which has shaved more than 354,000 heads and raised more than $212 million for research.

2. Prince George and his cheeks are having a grand ol’ time Down Under. Natalie and Savannah cooed over news of the littlest royal’s first public playdate, and eventually Matt gave in.

“Begrudgingly, I say he’s very cute,” Lauer admitted.

Video: Young Prince George crawls, climbs and claps his way through his very first official royal engagement with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as they visit New Zealand. NBC’s Sara James reports.

3. Dove's new social experiment — which offers women a “revolutionary” new "beauty patch" that claims to make them more beautiful — resulted in a surprising twist.

“I think it’s very clear that beauty is a state of mind,” psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke told Savannah.

Video: Psychologist Ann Kearney-Cooke and three participants from the film, “Dove: Patches” join TODAY to talk about wearing Dove’s “beauty patch” for two weeks to make them feel more beautiful.

4. As part of NBC News’ “Hooked: America’s Heroin Epidemic” series, Kate Snow spoke with a mother who saved her own son with the antidote Narcan.

“I had preconceptions about drug users before this all started — until it happened to my own family,” Anne told Snow. “It isn’t just this strange person under the bridge. It’s your regular kids.”

Video: As NBC’s series “Hooked: America’s Heroin Epidemic” continues, a mother reveals she used a new drug to save her son from an overdose, and shares her feelings about his addiction. NBC News national correspondent Kate Snow reports.

5. Kristin Chenoweth had no trouble getting into character for her latest role — as a poisonous and passionate animated frog in “Rio 2.”

"If she kisses anyone she'll kill them — which, I mean, who doesn't relate to that?" Chenoweth joked to Lauer.

Video: The actress joins TODAY to chat about lending her voice to “Rio 2,” the sequel to the animated hit “Rio,” in which she plays Gabi, a poisonous, opera-singing frog.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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