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Geraldton man Taylor Power cuts off his long locks to donate them for a good cause

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
Taylor Power and Cut Throat Joe's Barber owner Joe Iaria before the big chop.
Camera IconTaylor Power and Cut Throat Joe's Barber owner Joe Iaria before the big chop. Credit: Phoebe Pin

After 41/2 years without visiting the barber, a Geraldton man has donated his luscious locks for a “little champ” to enjoy.

Taylor Power started growing his hair in 2016, deciding to see how long he could get it before having it made into a wig for children with medical conditions.

Apart from an “accidental mullet” in Year 7, his hair had never been below his shoulders.

After two years Mr Power could tie up his hair, which measured about 70cm long before it was chopped off for charity at Cut Throat Joe’s Barbershop on Saturday.

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While he had grown attached to his mane, Mr Power said he was “ecstatic” a child who could not grow their own hair would benefit from his donation.

“Kids deserve my hair a lot more than I do ... at the end of the day I can grow my hair back if I want,” he said.

When it comes to hair care, Mr Power said “less is more”.

“For years I was just using Head and Shoulders 2-in-1, but then I got a separate shampoo and conditioner,” he said.

A clean-cut Tayor Power shows of the hair which will be used to make children's wigs.
Camera IconA clean-cut Tayor Power shows of the hair which will be used to make children's wigs. Credit: Phoebe Pin

He also raised more than $5000 for Beyond Blue for cutting his hair, saying mental health was a topic which did not get enough attention.

“Especially this last year-and-a-half with lockdowns, loss of jobs and loss of loved ones, it’s such an important cause,” he said.

“It was not just to raise money but to also just get the awareness out that it is OK not to be OK.”

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