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Governor Charlie Baker gets a buzz cut for charity

Governor Charlie Baker gets a high-five after having his hair shorn to support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy.
Governor Charlie Baker gets a high-five after having his hair shorn to support of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy.Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

If he won the governor’s race, Charlie Baker said he would get a buzz cut for charity.

Tuesday morning Baker, with his wife Lauren by his side, made good on his promise to shave it off to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The high-profile haircut took place at Granite Telecommunications in Quincy, which was holding a fundraiser for the second year in a row.

It didn’t take long for a barber to lop off Baker’s reddish locks and reveal a graying base.

After Lauren Baker took a selfie with her husband, the governor smiled broadly and declared: “Welcome to your new bald!”

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Baker and his family spent the weekend perusing old photos reminiscing on the governor’s hairstyles through the years. His hair was fashionably long and wavy back in the ’70s.

This cut, said Lauren Baker, is “what he looked like when he was 12.”

More than 500 people were getting their hair cut at Granite Telecommunications, which pledged to donate $5,000 for every person who agrees to have his or her head shaved. Granite raised more than $3 million for Dana Farber.

Baker arrived at the event with a full head of hair.
Baker arrived at the event with a full head of hair. Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance
Baker got his hair buzzed by barber Philip Boncaldo.
Baker got his hair buzzed by barber Philip Boncaldo.Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe
Baker’s hair was mostly shorn off.
Baker’s hair was mostly shorn off. Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance
Baker was all smiles -- and lighter on top.
Baker was all smiles -- and lighter on top.Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe

Shirley Leung is a Globe columnist. She can be reached at shirley.leung@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @leung.