Oh, Josie’s totally losing it
HAIRDRESSER Josie Collins is bucking the trend, all for a cause she holds close to her heart.
The second-year apprentice hairdresser grew up in Coutts Crossing, and has signed up to do the Worlds Greatest Shave.
When Josie told her little sister, Neva, of her plans to shave her head, Neva was astounded.
"You can't do that Jose... You'll be ugly," the six-year-old-girl responded.
Josie questioned Neva's theories - "You'll be ugly because you won't have your hair" was the response she received.
"I sat her down and explained to her why I was doing the shave," Josie said.
"I told her how some people don't have a choice of having hair; some kids her age get leukaemia or lymphoma or any type of cancer, and lose all of their hair without wanting to."
Neva quickly realised that what her sister was doing was for the good of others.
Josie is currently living in Newcastle with her partner, Joel Lowe.
"Joel's Nan has had lymphoma the past 12 months... it has really hit home," Josie said.
"When she lost all of her hair... she felt really down."
"But having no hair is not a bad thing... it's just hair... hair shouldn't change the person you are or the person you are seen as."
Josie said she hoped to inspire others by doing the Worlds Greatest Shave, and said it was on her bucket list.
"If I shave my hair without a need to or without being sick, it just goes to show it's not a big deal," she said.
Working in the beauty industry has caused debate among her colleagues.
"I've had a lot of people try to talk me out of doing it (the shave)," she said.
"It makes me want to do it more; it's such a vain profession."
"Everyone wants to look their best and they think it's all about having the most amazing hair, but it's not."
"Hairdressing is about what you can do with other people's hair, not your own."
Josie will shave her head on Saturday, March 15, and hopes to raise $5000.
Follow Josie's progress on her Facebook page at josiesworldsgreatestshave.