Becka (miss_rynn) wrote,
Becka
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Hair and charity

Let's face it, I have too much hair. Seriously, I have no idea what to do with it, there's so much there. It chokes me at night, it takes all day to dry after I wash it, and I've had the same hair style for years and years because I am severly limited by what I can do with it. I've been thinking that after my PhD I'd like to get it cut...

... and then I did some more thinking on what meleah said in her lj about women in NYC who go on about growing their hair to cut for charities like "Locks of Love", a non-profit organization which makes hair pieces for kids with cancer, but then cutting their hair and starting the whole cycle again. Also, I was thinking about the_tao joining in "World's Greatest Shave for a Cure" for the leukemia foundation (getting his hair dyed, not cut), and how darn spiffy he is for it...

So here's what I'm thinking. What I'm thinking of doing is seeing if there was a way I could combine charity efforts; cutting my hair for one charity, giving said cut hair to another. 'Locks of Love' accept donations of hair 10 inches or longer in length. At this stage, I can quite comfortably cut off 15 inches (about 40 cm) and still have enough hair to go about my day with (a bit past shoulder-length). In a few months time (after the thesis is handed in), that will probably be longer.

My questions about this are as follows; first, does any one know of an Australian based charity like Locks of Love? Second, for "The World's Greatest Shave for a Cure", do I actually need to *shave* my head? Having read their guidelines, I think I do, but I'm still not sure. If they do, I may just donate any money from people sponsoring me to cut my hair to them anyway, just not under their charity fund-raising banner.

So... can anyone offer any answers or advice?
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