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Man shaves off hair but leaves ring around head – and gets mistaken for hipster

Stu Turner, from Cardiff, buzzed everything but a narrow strip of hair off to support the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to children and young people who have lost their own hair from cancer treatment or other conditions

A man is being called “ring head” after shaving his scalp for a heartwarming reason.

Stu Turner, from Cardiff, shaved off most of his hair this month.

The 36-year-old buzzed everything but a narrow strip of hair off – after he spent months growing a beard and long hair in lockdown.

The 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.”

Stu braved this look for charity.

The Welshman is supporting the Little Princess Trust, a charity that 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, but he has also raised more than £1,000 for both the trust and Cancer Research UK from his haircut.

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.”

Part of Stu’s fundraising gave donors the chance to comment on 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 buzz top, 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 – more than £200 more than its nearest competition.

He has smashed his goal and raised more than £1,000.

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 makes sense to just grow it as long as I can and then give it away!”