5th – 6th March 2010
Endurance crimper Daren Terry has cut his way into the record books by snipping away with his scissors non-stop for an amazing 26 hours.
Stylist Daren, 41, smashed the existing world record by two hours, getting through almost 40 customers at his salon in Bognor Regis, West Sussex.
“We called it a ‘cutathon’ and it really was a marathon,” said a tired but jubilant Daren, who set the record on Friday and Saturday (March 5 and 6).
“I was allowed five minutes’ break each hour for the loo and such like. I couldn’t have done with without the help of my wife Kate and friends Paul and his wife Annette – they amazed me by staying with me for the entire 26 hours. I owe so many people a big thank-you. When we broke the record everyone was cheering and we knew that we had created a little bit of history for me, the salon and for Bognor Regis.”
Big-hearted Daren’s record raised almost £2,000 for charity, with the Chestnut Tree House, CLIC Sargent and CRY all benefiting from donations. “My clients paid as normal and I donated the fees as well as other donations from well-wishers and a charity auction of sporting memorabilia,” added Daren.
Daren says he was tentative about finding willing clients to have their hair cut through the night at what he called “silly o’clock”. But he needn’t have worried. “The wee small hours slots went first. It took me only a day to have all the people in place and I filled my column very quickly indeed – my customers’ support has been fantastic.
“But they didn’t give me an easy ride. The clients were having colours put in. Existing blonde clients were coming in and asking for a full colour change and, as we knows as professionals, it is not the same as putting on another colour; i.e. pre-pigmenting to achieve the final colour, which took double the amount if time. And the cut and blow dries were also asking for extra glossing treatment, which really kept me on my toes,” he added.
“I hope to double my record in Las Vegas next year. We are talking to some of the top hotels over there,” said Daren, who has hit the headlines over the years with his caricature cuts of soccer stars such such as Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
*See http://www.darenterry.com for pictures of Daren’s previous work.
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