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Brave the Shave

I have a complicated relationship with the on my head. I've never wanted to be a Rapunzel type, with long tresses flowing down my back. In fact it was as much as my mother and I could stand to get me to grow it to shoulder length in primary school.

Once she finally lost patience with me and hauled me off to the hairdresser to have it all shorn off, the conversation is now likely to be how my is, not how long. While at University, I had a complete headshave for charity as part of our Rag Week fundraising activities. If the whole Rag Week Committee had their heads shaved, the University would match the figure raised in sponsorship. We did, so they did and thousands of pounds was raised for local charities.

Then there was the accidental incident where I decided to my own head one day around 10 years ago when very drunk. Not the best idea I ever had, as it ended up a grade 3 uneven buzzcut. I loved it, my mother not so much.

Recently one of my colleagues, mum of two small boys and a veteran of short cuts, came to work out of the blue almost completely bald. She had forgotten to put the comb on the clippers after finishing her sons' haircuts and ended up giving herself a Sinead O'Connor style number 1 buzz. (Incidentally, it suited her.)

So when I spotted that MacMillan Cancer were launching a Brave the Shave campaign for this month, I immediately wanted to sign up. One thing and another I have neglected to check with my boss whether this is OK for her - mainly because she and I haven't been in much at the same time since the audit assessment meeting last month and we were too busy prior to that. (I have to ask her permission since I often assist at her external meetings and I don't want to cause her any issues.)

But tomorrow the big question will be asked when I see her in our 8am meeting, and once I know I can set about persuading my barber that the full shave needs to happen, if bossgal agrees.

Would you for charity?

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MegL wrote on August 9, 2015, 11:01 AM

I don't know if I would I might. Years ago, a male colleague said he would get his hair cut very short for charity and I offered him £100 for his charity if he had a number 1 cut. He did, so I gave him the cheque but his wife didn't speak to him for a month!

Feisty56 wrote on August 9, 2015, 11:21 AM

I applaud you, and everyone like you, who bares their scalps for charity. I know this is something beyond my comfort zone. I had to keep my hair short as a child, so I've been in rebellion against that ever since.

WordChazer wrote on August 9, 2015, 11:26 AM

I was expected to 'look like a girl' when I was younger so that meant longer hair, dresses, skirts, heels. Now, not so much... *grin*. I have told my barber already that if my hair stopped growing after the next time he cut it, I would not miss it. I'd miss seeing him, mind, as he's a witty and friendly chap.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 9, 2015, 11:28 AM

I dont think I would but I have the opposite problem. It has taken me years to get my hair below my shoulders again after having it trimmed to shoulder length

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 9, 2015, 1:15 PM

It would be much easier for me to Brave The Shave but my missus would have my head if I did it. The cause would have to be one mighty important to her for her to concede to letting me have a chrome dome for a while.

WordChazer wrote on August 9, 2015, 1:33 PM

Put it like this - we won't be seeing my parents until it has grown back a bit, if I do go ahead with it. Fortunately my hair grows around an inch in 6 weeks so it won't take too long to tuftify itself to a decent length again. I usually keep it at between 1-1.5in when it's at its shortest, which lasts me around 8 weeks between barber's visits. It was generously left longer last time when I went, so I now need it cut again after only 5 weeks. One barber knows just how to get it so that it's just right. The other did me a grade 3 a few years ago and his father (who was running the shop at the time) told him off royally, so he is now overly cautious with my spikes. Despite the fact that I asked him to take some more off it last time he half heartedly chopped a few loose strands and didn't really want to take any more off, so I let him get away with it.

alexdg1 wrote on August 9, 2015, 2:28 PM

Just out of curiosity: Any reason why you were expected to keep your hair short as a kid?

Feisty56 wrote on August 9, 2015, 4:48 PM

I am not sure why my Mom preferred pixie cuts for me, but I had them for many more years than I wished to.

AliCanary wrote on August 9, 2015, 4:59 PM

Should be a breeze for you, having a long history of head-shaving. I can't even imagone going shorter than shoulde length, meself. I fancy myself kind of a Pre-Raphaelite type, lol

Began1988 wrote on August 9, 2015, 11:21 PM

I donate to charity in so many ways, I even co-direct my own charity, but I would not be able to shave my head. I have a confidence issue as it is, and while some women look good with short or shaved hair, I'm just not one of them!

alexdg1 wrote on August 10, 2015, 8:31 PM

Maybe she thought you looked cute with a pixie cut. Moms are often like that.

valmnz wrote on August 21, 2015, 8:46 PM

I think you're very brave indeed. I don't think I'd be brave enough to do that!

WordChazer wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:10 PM

I probably also have a confidence issue in terms of how strangers perceive me, but, you know, hair wise, I don't care. I HATE my hair long and that is that. I feel more confident when it is under control and not flopping everywhere, I think. Still ahven't seen the boss and am now thinking of doing it as a fundraiser for the local hospital instead of Macmillan, as it means more to us personally.

WordChazer wrote on August 24, 2015, 3:17 PM

I'll be happier when it's back in my control. Presently still waiting for bossgal to approve. Hair is now back in a ballet band to keep it off my face and I chopped the overly long bits myself yesterday as they were driving me mad. I HATE when it sticks to my face.