A world-record-breaking hairstyle has been shaved for the first time in Australia.
Children and parents will be allowed to try on and take home the hair cut at a special event on Saturday.
It is the world first-ever shaved hair cut in Australia and the first in Australia to be performed in a hospital setting.
“It’s quite exciting and it’s very different to what you’d normally see,” Dr Paul Joly, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Sydney, told ABC News Breakfast.
Dr Joly is leading the event, which is being held at the Melbourne Childrens Hospital.
The first-of-its-kind event will see a team of experts working to trim a head that had been so long ago it is now nearly four metres long.
“The first one was about 18 years ago, so it’s been a long time since the last one,” Dr Joly said.
To celebrate, the team will shave the hair at their usual clinic in Melbourne’s north.
Once the team has trimmed the hair, it will be stored in a specially designed room at the hospital.
In the next few weeks, doctors will try out the shaved hairstyle in a new setting and have the final cut performed at the event.
“It takes about four hours, but once it’s done we’ll send it out to all the surgeons,” Dr John Bower, a paediatric surgical surgeon at Children’s Hospital, told the ABC.
“We’re hoping to have it done by the end of the week.”
Dr Bower said it was the first hair cut performed in Australia with a children’s head.
His team is hoping to shave the head in a clinic next month, but that could be a couple of months away.
But for now, he said he was excited to have the haircut.
He said he had no idea how long the cut would take to be done, but said he hoped it would be a “pretty good day”.
“I’ve seen some pretty bad hair, so we’re just looking forward to seeing how the patient responds,” he said.
The team at the Victoria Childrens hospital are not the first to attempt a shaved head in Australia, but Dr Bower hopes his team’s hair would be one of the first.
“This is a first for the Australian people,” he told the program.
“[They are] really excited about it.”
Children’s Hospital Victoria’s head of operations Dr David Boulter said it is unusual to try shaving a child’s hair but said it would allow for a “more normal” haircut.
“If it’s a child who has a head deformity, the first thing they’ll do is get a scalp shave,” Dr Boulters said.
“There are a few people who do that and they just want to get the hair as close to the scalp as possible so they can get the scalp to look as close as possible to the skull.”
For this, we don’t know how long it’ll take.