The incredible reason this man turns heads with his very unique hairstyle
As sad as it sounds, fall is definitely here.
While there have been flashes of sunshine, there have also been huge showers in Wales and the rest of the UK, and there is an undeniable chill in the air after a hot summer and hot.
But one man who feels cold more than most is Stu Turner, from Roath, Cardiff, who entered October with a strong new look – and totally unique.
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After growing long, luscious locks and an enviable bushy beard during lockdown, Stu decided to take the plunge and head to barbers for a dramatic cut – and came out with a new style that saw him dubbed ” Ring Head ”.
“It’s definitely an adjustment,” he said. “It’s definitely a little colder than I’m used to – I can feel a draft much easier than before.
“At the start of the first lockdown I said I wasn’t going to cut my hair and beard until I went back to work at 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.”
But, while his bizarre haircut tells a different story, Stu is actually no fool and instead braved shaving for a very good cause, with the 36-year-old official sporting the unique look to support The Little Princess Trust. , a charity that provides free real hair wigs to children and youth who have lost their hair due to treatment for cancer or other conditions.
Stu not only donated his hair to the charity, but he also raised over £ 1,000 for the trust and Cancer Research UK through his epic haircut – and you can donate at his page at fundraising here.
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After getting his hair cut at Andrea’s salon in Roath last week – a cut that lasted over an hour – Stu had planned to keep his barnet circular until October 14 before shaving it, but he is now ready to keep it longer due to popular demand.
“I went out into town the other day and my hair fell out really well,” he admitted. “I started to have a lot of respect from people, which was not really expected.
“The strangest thing is that some people didn’t think it was a charity deal or a bet that I lost, a lot of people thought I had some kind of trendy new hairstyle. generation Z!
“When I walk around I’m always quite grateful for my face mask because I’m not quite ready to submit to the comments I would get from certain people. But when you do something like that, you’ve got to accept that people are staring, it’s part of making a fool of yourself for a good cause.
“I think the people who were most annoyed by the positive reception I received were my friends – they were the ones who tried – and succeeded – to make me look like an idiot.”
A key part of Stu’s fundraising allowed those who donated to comment on the hair and beard style they wanted him to adopt in addition to their donation – the style with the most money being crowned winner.
His friends and family made many suggestions for left field including: a ‘Friar Tuck’, a Mohawk and handlebar mustache, a buzztop, a 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 the win with £ 316.25 pledged on its behalf – over £ 200 more than its closest competitor.
“I thought it was better to let people decide,” Stu said. “In this case my brother picked this haircut and when everyone saw their idea they all jumped on the water because it’s the worst thing you can imagine.
“He became the absolute leader very, very quickly and nothing I could say or do was going to change him – I wouldn’t have disturbed something a little less embarrassing, like pineapple.”
Stu has also had embarrassing haircuts before, after swapping his normal hairstyle for a Bobby Charlton style combo in order to raise money for the Little Princess Trust again in 2018.
The amount raised from that attempt exceeded his expectations, and even that was far exceeded by his latest effort, which saw him close to £ 1,200.
“I am amazed at how much I have already lifted,” he said. “I never had a goal, it was always about seeing how much I could get – but if it had to go even higher, that would be fantastic.
“The Little Princess Trust and cancer research are two great causes – I’ve fundraised for them a few times before and they do an amazing job.
“I’m really a bit of a hair farmer, it makes sense to grow it as long as possible and then give it away!”
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