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Published: January 21, 2022 | Updated: January 22, 2022

Wacky, weird, wonderful but just make it hair-raising for the 2022 Hair2Care for young carers

Some of the hairstyles that were head-line acts in last year’s Hair2Care.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Just a month to go before the perfect excuse to let your hair down, put it up or, indeed, do anything you like with it!

After last year’s big success, MYTIME Young Carers is back again with weird and wonderful hairstyles for its national Hair2Care campaign.

The Dorset-based charity, which supports children and young people caring for family members, is on a mission to make sure the 700,000 young carers in the UK get the appreciation they deserve.

On Friday February 18, MYTIME is again asking people to do something different with their hair to show they care.

And the message is – the bolder the better! 

Thousands of children across the UK are young carers, meaning they are responsible for looking after a family member who has a disability, illness, mental health condition or who misuses substances, often at great personal cost.

MYTIME supports carers as young as five years old, who may be carrying out anything from cooking to doing laundry to physically helping a parent get up and dressed every morning.

The responsibility of caring for another person often means these young people miss out on hobbies, seeing friends and other social activities their peers may take for granted. 

Penelope Day, MYTIME’s Fundraising Director, pictured left, said: “We know that young carers provide invaluable support to their families, but lots of people don’t realise how much they really do, because it happens behind closed doors.

“Lots of young careers can feel isolated, invisible and lonely because they don’t have much time to see friends or because they don’t feel they can talk about their responsibilities.

“We launched Hair2Care to give young people a day all about them, to show them that people see what they do and appreciate their hard work.

“What better way to do that, and make sure young carers are seen, than with the brightest, boldest hairstyles possible.

“The message for 2022 really is be bold.

“Maybe even go bald, like MYTIME’s Trustee Chair (Paul Tansey, pictured above) did last year when he shaved his head.

“Anything goes!”

The 2021 Hair2Care – featured on Dorset Biz News –  saw thousands of people doing wacky and wonderful things with their hair, from mohawks to coloured wigs, all to shine a light on the work young carers do day in and day out.

The campaign made national news and even got the attention of celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford and EastEnders actor Scott Maslen, who both got involved.

MYTIME plans this year’s Hair2Care to be bigger than ever.

The charity is encouraging everyone at schools, offices, hairdressers, or anywhere else to get involved and share their hairstyles on social media with the #hair2care.

Donations can be made via text: to donate £1, text HAIR to 70201; to donate £5, text HAIR to 70970 or to donate £10, text HAIR to 70191.