Fundraiser is a cut above

Star netballer Ashleigh Brazill had not brushed her hair in 2½ years before yesterday - and it took three people to do it.

It was no small sacrifice for the West Coast Fever midcourter to let go of her beloved dreadlocks, but Brazill said it was worth it.

She has raised close to $5000 for her charity of choice, Youth Focus, smashing her original target of $1000.

And the 24-year-old was happy to leave the choice of her new hairstyle in the capable hands of the staff at Maurice Meade in Subiaco.

"It feels a lot lighter," Brazill said.

"It's definitely a big change but I think it's worth it for Youth Focus.

"We have raised a fair bit of money so I'm pretty happy with how it's going.

"It (the hairstyle) is definitely something I haven't had before."

Brazill said Youth Focus was an organisation close to her heart.

"I have had a few friends go through a lot of depression with their sexuality," she said.

"As a teen, you are still trying to figure out who you are, so to have people like that who you can contact and have support is fantastic."

Youth Focus chief executive Jenny Allen said they were lucky to have Brazill's support.

"Ash is an incredible role model for young women in WA and we thank her for taking the brave step of chopping off her trademark dreadlocks in order to raise money for Youth Focus," she said.

The West Australian

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