A CHARITY challenge proved a hair-raising experience for one man as he said goodbye to almost a metre of tresses.
Alan Kane, from Roker, had been growing his locks since he was 15, with his tresses trailing in at 87cm before they were lopped off for a good cause.
The 22-year-old is now no longer “the boy with the ponytail” after having his hair snipped to help people who have lost their own due to cancer treatment.
As well as being sponsored for his follicle feat to raise hundreds of pounds for Cancer Research UK, Alan’s hair will be made into real hair wigs for patients.
“It’s always been a joke that I’m the boy with the ponytail but I was getting bored of it,” said Alan.
Alan’s grandma, Mary Marsh, died from leukaemia when she was 65 which inspired him to use his hair for a good cause.
The BT worker said: “I wanted to do something in her name for a cause that’s close to our hearts. I feel proud that my hair will make people who have cancer feel more comfortable.”
He added: “Most people who know me and even my partner have never seen me with short hair, so I think they’re going to get a shock. It feels weird not having all that hair, but I like the new look.”
Alan had his hair chopped and styled at Dembry and Macey salon in Blandford Street.
Stylist and manager Amy McDonald said: “I’ve never done a re-style on a man with such long hair before. I’ve brought his hair bang up to date, while still leaving a bit of length on the top.”
Salon owner Ashley Dembry said: “I think it’s really brave of him to go from one extreme look to the other. It’s also a great way to raise awareness and funds.
“Human hair wigs can make such a difference to someone suffering from the effects of chemotherapy, as opposed to having to wear a synthetic wig. They look a lot more realistic.”