Douglas man Selwyn Facey lost his trademark dreadlocks – his first haircut in more than 20 years – to raise money for Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity.
Giulio Fabrizio, of Utopia hair salon, cut off the 57-year-old’s over four foot long dreadlocks and beard at the Strand Shopping Centre, Douglas, on Saturday.
The Department of Infrastructure worker said he was being ‘quite nervous beforehand’ as his dreadlocks had become part of him.
And he admitted he got ‘quite a shock’ when he saw himself in the mirror for the first time afterwards.
It’s not just Selwyn that’s had to adjust to his new look.
‘A couple of people I know have walked straight past me and then stopped to take a second look,’ he said.
In total, his hair weighed 4.5lbs – and he’s decided that he will not be trying to regrow it.
‘I’ll be having a wet shave once a week. I’ve gone from one extreme to the other,’ he said.
On the day, Selwyn, of Woodbourne Square, received £150 in donations, while sponsorship money is still being collected.
Selwyn gave a ‘big thank you’ to everyone who supported him.
Naseem’s Manx Brain Tumour Charity was set up in memory of Naseem Pishvaie, a talented singer and dancer who died of a brain tumour in 2009 aged just 21.