A man has sacrificed his beloved dreadlocks to raise money for a young people’s charity.
Mike Hausmann, aged 38, had been growing his dreads for more than 16 years – and his two children had never known him without them.
But last Friday, he faced the snip at Buckingham hair salon Arthur’s Radio, in aid of Buckingham & Winslow Young Carers (YC2), which provides a monthly social club for children who have caring responsibilities beyond their years.
Before the snip, Syresham resident Mike, told the Advertiser: “I’ve had my dreadlocks now for close to 17 years and I’m at a stage now where they’re almost interfering with my working life.
“I always said if I did get them cut off, I would like to take the opportunity to raise money for a local charity.
“One of our close friends, their son is a young carer for his younger sister. It was only went I went along to the YC2 meeting on a Friday that I found there were also two other children there I knew.”
And Mike, who works as a motorsport fabricator welder for BTB Exhausts in Woodford Halse, admitted being nervous about facing the chop.
He said: “It’s quite a daunting thing really. I’m nervous and excited at the same time.
“I was just entering my 20s when I decided to grow my hair, so it’s been a long time. It is quite nerve racking.”
There were mixed feelings in Mike’s family too, with Mike’s wife, Luci Adams-Bostock, saying she preferred men with long hair.
“She sent me a text message to say if I’m bald she’ll still love me,” said Mike.
Mike said his daughter Tigi Maii, aged 14, was quite happy about the haircut, while son Rune, aged 10, who also has long hair, was against it.
But after undergoing his radical update at the hands of Arthur’s Radio proprietor, Lee Flockton, Mike said: “I love it. I’m very happy.
“It certainly smartened me up. Everyone thought I’d look older but the general feeling is I look a lot younger.
“I was nervous I was going to have bald patches but actually I’ve got quite a nice head of hair. The only thing is, I’m instantly grey!”
Mike has so far raised nearly £2,000 via a Givey.com website and paper sponsorship – and his transformation was watched by a group of young carers.
The money will go towards a day out for all 32 of YC2’s young carers in the spring.
People can still sponsor Mike at at www.givey.com/locksoff or leave donations at Arthur’s Radio.