The 35-year-old has hip-length dreadlocks and is shaving them off to raise money for people with blood cancer as part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
Mr Piper said he had not had a haircut since he was 19 but was looking forward to a life without the dreads.
‘You get a few hassles with people calling you Bob Marley and Rasta,’ he said.
‘To some people, dreadlocks are their identity and I guess it kind of is mine as well.
‘Really it’s just a hairstyle, no more than a mohawk or mullet ” both excellent lifestyle choices.
‘But at the end of the day it’s just hair and the less to care for is better right now because I have a new person to care for.
‘My wife is pregnant with our first child so I have a new identity now as dad.’
Mr Piper said the Leukaemia Foundation was a great charity and worth shaving his head for.
‘Some kids don’t get the best start in life and hopefully our efforts can help them get better,’ he said.
‘Cancer is a terrible disease and getting more common today.
‘My mum is being treated for breast cancer right now.
‘It feels good to be doing something positive for someone even if you don’t know them personally.’
Mr Piper is hoping to raise $10,000. To sponsor him, go to my.leukaemiafoundation.org.au/BrianPiperShave.
To sign up or make a donation to the World’s Greatest Shave go to worldsgreatestshave.com or call 1800 500 088.