Chris McCosker before he shaved of his 12-year-old dreadlocks as part of the World's Greatest Shave at the Grand Hotel, Gladstone.
Chris McCosker before he shaved of his 12-year-old dreadlocks as part of the World's Greatest Shave at the Grand Hotel, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric

Chris feels the breeze on his head after shaving dreadlocks

IT HAD been a while since Chris McCosker felt the cool breeze on his head, after 12 years of sporting a long trail of dreadlocks.

But that all changed on Saturday night when he shaved off his dreads at The Grand Hotel in the name of fighting leukemia.

"Shave for a Cure is obviously a fitting cause and something that touches a lot of people," Chris said.

"Since I signed up for it people have been coming up and telling me they have people affected by cancer."

Chris, now 28, got dreadlocks at 12 because he thought they were cool and low maintenance.

He said he heard the story about spider nests being discovered in dreads at least once a week.

"It is a myth. I'm pretty sure you would notice redbacks in your hair," he said.

"I hear everything. I haven't heard anything new for about six years."

Chris beat his aim of raising $5000 and had clocked up $10,246 by Sunday. You can still donate online at worldsgreatestshave.com/support/.

Nick Gottz shaves Chris McCosker's 12-year-old dreadlocks as part of the World's Greatest Shave at the Grand Hotel, Gladstone.
Nick Gottz shaves Chris McCosker's 12-year-old dreadlocks as part of the World's Greatest Shave at the Grand Hotel, Gladstone. Luka Kauzlaric