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Locks dread and buried shortly

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December 07, 2017

After six long years, Kialla's Ryan Taylor will shave his dreadlocks, raising funds for the Peter Copulos Wellness Centre.

Shepparton’s Ryan Taylor has spent the past six years cultivating a luscious crop of lengthy dreadlocks.

But Taylor, 35, will next month shave it all off to raise funds for breast cancer research after his mother Jan Taylor was diagnosed this year.

‘‘I’ll do the shave five days before the anniversary of the six years since I got my dreadlocks,’’ he said.

Mr Taylor said although his hair made him incredibly hot, weighed so much it made his back hurt and took two days to dry when he washed it, it was Mrs Taylor’s hair loss from chemotherapy that prompted him to do the shave.

‘‘I thought, ‘if Mum’s lost her hair, I’ll do it too’,’’ he said.

Mrs Taylor was successful in removing the cancer via a double-mastectomy in October this year and has had two rounds of preventative chemotherapy.

‘‘She’s just got two more to go now,’’ he said.

The shave event — creatively titled ‘‘Shorn of the Dread’’ — will be at Shepparton’s Peter Copulos Wellness Centre where Mrs Taylor has been receiving her treatment.

‘‘She’s doing really well,’’ he said.

The event will feature much fun and light-hearted entertainment with the hairdresser who put Mr Taylor’s dreadlocks in coming up from Melbourne to take them off.

‘‘We’ll do a live stream of the event,’’ he said.

Mr Taylor said he also planned to weigh his hair as well as join all the dreadlocks together to see what the total length equalled.

Despite the long affiliation with his hair, Mr Taylor said he was looking forward to the cool breeze on his head.

‘‘I’ll be able to wear hats and beanies,’’ he added.

The shave will take place on January 7 between noon and 1pm at the Peter Copulos Wellness Centre, Graham St, Shepparton with all funds raised going to oncology. For further information or to donate, email shornofthedread@gmail.com or phone 0402056481.

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