Lynton Cosier hadn’t had a hair cut for three years, all in the name of charity.
Lynton donated his hair to Variety, the children’s charity that grants wigs to children who have lost their hair due to conditions such as alopecia, trichotillomania and treatment for cancer.
In 2013, Lynton had a motorcycle accident and broke T4 and T5 vertebrae in the accident and has been in a wheelchair since.
He says the accident changed his life and growing his hair and donating it is his way of giving back.
Prior to the accident he worked as a chef and described his hairstyle at the time as ‘skinhead’.
“It was that hot in the kitchens cooking over the grill that I had tennis wristbands and I looked like McEnroe – totally different.”
He later worked in the transport industry in Darwin and moved to Beaudesert in 2016 to be closer to family.
He first donated his hair three years ago after growing it for two years.
To be made into a wig for Variety, the hair has to be a natural colour with no gray and no hair dye and a minimum of 35.5cm long.
“I’ll keep doing it until it goes gray,” he said.
“I’m a bit of a rocker and I like long hair, so in two years I’ll do it again.”
“You can sell your hair, but I didn’t even think about that. I feel that people need a break and I wanted to do something to give back.”
Lynton’s hair was sent to Freedom Wigs in New Zealand who work with Variety.
For more information about Variety, visit variety.org.au.