Kristy sheds locks for charity
IT WAS a morning of laughs, flutes of bubbly and a feeling of satisfaction, as Warwick woman Kristy Murphy waved goodbye to her luscious brown locks.
On Saturday, Mrs Murphy had friends and family at her house to witness the shave, but the only nerves in the room were coming from those in the spectator ring.
"There was no freaking out on my part; I was really looking forward to it," Mrs Murphy said.
At 9.30am, her long hair took the form of a head-full of plaits in preparation for the big shave, and at 10.30am the scissors came out for the first cut.
"It was so much fun, all my friends wanted to cut one off but when it came to crunch time they all got really nervous," Mrs Murphy said.
"We even skyped my mum so she could see it, and she told me I had to stand out in the rain once it was all off and the rain on my head would be a feeling I would never get again - to be honest I just felt really cold when I stood in the rain!"
She said she was enjoying having no hair to fuss over in the mornings.
"I feel so free and it definitely saves me time in the mornings but the whole thing feels quite bizarre really. I can't stop feeling my own head! It's almost like a lost limb, I keep going to put a clip in my hair or something but it's not even there."
As with the other brave locals who shaved their head at the weekend, Mrs Murphy said strolling around the shopping centre had taken another turn, but she did not let it worry her.
"I went into IGA the other day and you definitely notice people looking at you more, but I think with all the advertising about the World's Greatest Shave, people just think 'oh she just shaved her head', so it's looks of curiosity I think," she said.
But the new do doesn't have everyone's approval, with Mrs Murphy's three-year-old son pleading with her to grow it back.
"He's constantly telling me 'we have to get your hair back' and 'you're a boy now mum'," she said.
"My daughter is a little more open-minded about it and understands why I did it."
Mrs Murphy's inspiration was not drawn from any personal experiences with leukaemia, just a desire to do give something to the community and to a worthy cause.
"I would do it again in a heart beat," she said.
Her hair has been sent to Ascot Wig Makers in Brisbane to be made into a wig to help cancer sufferers.
Mrs Murphy has raised more than $2000 with more donations to still be counted.
Her goal was to raise $1500, and she blitzed it.
She would like to thank everyone who sponsored her and made a donation.
"I am absolutely blown away about how much I raised and I just want to thank everyone."