Why has Bargain Hunt’s Colin Young grown his hair?

Colin Young

Bargain Hunt expert Colin Young has surprised viewers with his new do (Picture: BBC)

Bargain Hunt viewers may have had a surprise recently with a familiar face sporting a new do.

Auctioneer Colin Young has recently grown his locks leaving Bargain Hunt fans curious as to why.

From luscious silver locks to a cherry red mohawk, Colin’s hair has intrigued social media users as well as the antique expert’s loved ones.

Here’s everything we know about the auctioneer and his captivating barnet.

Who is Colin Young?

Colin has more than 30 years of experience as an auctioneer and has over 1.5 million lots under the hammer, according to his website.

He is the Managing Director of auction firm Golding Young & Mawer of Lincolnshire, having joined as saleroom manager when he was 21.

Colin Young with long hair

Colin’s long locks have divided viewers (Picture: BBC)

Since 1994 he has been the firm’s principal auctioneer and valuer.

He is also an associate member of The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and a fellow of the National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers.

In 2002, Colin became an expert on BBC’s Bargain Hunt.

Speaking to BBC One, Colin said that he went into his career path and found success entirely by accident.

He said: ‘It was not really a choice, but simply the first job I saw in the newspaper for ‘manager’s assistant’ at The Bourne Auction Rooms.

‘At 18 I did not know what an auction or an antique was. All I knew was the place looked interesting enough to warrant cutting off my 9” orange mohican for an interview.’

Why has Colin Young grown his hair?

Doing away with his usual short crop, Colin has appeared on screen with a new, long barnet.

The auctioneer began growing his locks during the Covid-19 pandemic, before deciding to raise money for Red Nose Day after loved ones demanded he does away with his new style in favour of his usual cut.

Writing on his Just Giving page, Colin said: ‘Starting in the week of the Coronavirus Lockdown in March 2020 I had a No.4 shave/haircut.

‘Someone asked me if I thought the apocalypse was coming. I said “Yes!” with conviction as an eternal pessimist. 

‘Over the pandemic period, I let it grow into natural “Lockdown Locks” no different to anyone else.

‘Then I heard about so many reported stories about “BBC Bargain Hunt fans shocked by Colin Young’s long hair”.’

He went on to explain that he decided to raise money for Red Nose Day 2022 due to the attention his hair got.

Colin asked people to donate to the fundraiser and in return, he would once again sport a mohwak that was his signature hairstyle in 1986, one he had to get rid of for a job interview.

Since then, Colin has indeed fulfilled his promise, and shared pictures sporting the bright red punk rock do.

The Just Giving page raised more than £1,000 in three days and, at the time of writing, stands at £1,897.

Bargain Hunt continues today at 12pm on BBC One.


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