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A man has been dubbed “ring head” due to his unusual hairstyle.
Stu Turner, from Roath, Cardiff, shaved off the vast majority of his hair this October.
After growing long luscious locks and a bushy beard during lockdown, he asked his barber to buzz everything but a narrow strip off.
The 36-year-old civil servant told WalesOnline: "It's certainly been an adjustment. It's definitely a bit colder than I've been used to – I can feel a draught a lot more easily than I could before.
"At the beginning of the first lockdown I said I wasn't going to cut my hair and beard until we were back working in the office, but what I expected to be three months turned out to be 18 months – so I had a lot of hair to lose.
"Having had a beard on my face for most of my life, I can tell you that nothing really prepares you for the feeling of your own breath on your chin."
You may be wondering why Stu has braved the daring look.
And it turns out, he’s done it all for a good cause.
The Welshman is supporting the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair from cancer treatment or other conditions.
Not only has Stu donated his hair to the charity, he has also raised over £1,000 for both the trust and Cancer Research UK from his epic haircut – and you can donate to his fundraising page here.
He's also decided to keep his quirky barnet for a bit longer.
Stu said: "I went out in town the other day, and my hair went down really well.
"I started getting quite a lot of respect from people, which wasn't really expected.
"The strangest thing was that some people didn't assume it was a charity thing or a bet that I'd lost, a lot of people thought that I had some sort of new, trendy Generation Z style haircut!
"When I'm walking around, I'm still quite thankful for my face mask as I'm not quite ready to subject myself to the comments I'd get from some people. But when you do something like this, you've got to accept that people will stare, that's all part of making a fool of yourself for a good cause.
"I think the people who were most annoyed about the positive reception I got were my friends – they're the ones who set out to try – and succeed – at making me look foolish."
A key element of Stu's fundraising was allowing those who donated to comment the hair and beard style that they wanted to see him adopt alongside their donation – with the style with the most money behind it being crowned the winner.
His friends and family threw in plenty of left-field suggestions, including: a 'Friar Tuck', a mohawk and handlebar moustache, a buzztop, pineapple and a 'hair island', made famous by football manager Steve McClaren.
However, in the end, there could only be one winner and the 'circle hair' style took victory with £316.25 pledged in its name – over £200 more than its nearest competition.
Stu also has previous when it comes to embarrassing haircuts, having swapped his normal hairstyle for a Bobby Charlton-esque combover to again raise money for the Little Princess Trust in 2018.
The amount raised from that attempt exceeded his expectations, and even that has been greatly surpassed by his latest effort, which has seen him near £1,200.
Stu added: "I'm astounded at how much I've raised already.
"I never had a target, it was always just seeing how much I could I get – but if it was to go even higher, that would be fantastic.
"The Little Princess Trust and Cancer Research are both fantastic causes – I've raised money for them a couple of times before and they do amazing work.
"I'm a bit of a hair farm really, it make sense to just grow it as long as I can and then give it away!"
- In the News
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