It’s funny, looking back a couple years, I remember writing a blog post just after Jared Leto cut his hair to play the Joker in Suicide Squad. I was upset because he had such beautiful hair and it seemed like such a waste for him to chop it all off. I get that it was for a role (in a film that ended up kinda flopping a bit, at least with the critics), and that hair grows back and all that… But that’s a few years of commitment gone.
I mean, I’ve been there. On three separate occasions in my life, I’ve gone multiple years without a haircut… And yes, I’ve got photographic examples.
The first time was when I was in high school. As I recall, I may have had a haircut not long before school started, but then I decided I’d had enough of that and didn’t have a proper cut again until halfway through the first semester of Grade 12… and it was a pretty drastic change. I’d put together a campaign for the Terry Fox Foundation as part of Crestwood’s annual Terry Fox Run that was all about shaving my head. I didn’t have a specific dollar amount goal, but everyone who I told I’d be shaving my head for the cause was happy to toss a few bucks in, and when all was said and done, I had raised $1601 for Terry Fox.
When the big day came, it was quite an adjustment.
Here I am at 17, the night before shaving my head. My parents insisted on setting up a proper photo shoot in the basement. I played along because I’m a little bit narcissistic.
And the next day, with Crestwood teacher Kim Kasperski, who was my biggest cheerleader all throughout the process:
I ended up keeping my head shaved for about 6 months after that (it was easy maintenance… aside from having to shave every couple days). I kind of told myself that I didn’t think I’d grow my hair out like that again. I didn’t really have the patience to manage it and keep it looking good all the time.
And yet, when I was in college… Well, it happened again.
That’s me… Headbanging at a Ninjaspy show in St. Catharines. I was in college studying broadcasting at the time, and while most of my interest was on the radio side, who isn’t going to want to take any opportunity they can to get on TV? There was only one problem: the Niagara College faculty wasn’t about to let anyone in front of the camera who wasn’t clean shaven with a professional haircut. So the next fundraising cause took over.
Every year, Niagara College broadcasters do Rock Around The Clock, a 24-hour radiothon that raises funds and collects gifts at Christmas time to support the Welland Hope Centre in Welland, ON, where the campus is located. Having had success using my hair as a fundraising tool in the past, I managed to collect some donations and then shaved off half my beard during the radiothon, with the haircut and rest of the beard shaving coming after. Of course I got some pictures with the halfbeard.
Looking back, I kinda feel like I should have shaved off the eyebrow on that side too… But I’m so glad I didn’t. Once all was said and done, I looked like this:
So yeah… A little more professional looking.
And then, like I said, a couple years ago I wrote about being upset about Jared Leto’s haircut and wishing I could have hair like that… So I grew hair like that. It was pretty easy (all I had to do was wait), though a bit frustrating to deal with at times. But now with the summer coming and the fact that I’ll want to drive around with the windows down because my car’s air conditioning doesn’t work anymore, I figure it’ll be much less of a hassle to keep the hair out of my eyes if it’s not long enough to reach my eyes. I’d been toying with the idea of getting a haircut for a while, and when talking with my friend Rachel, who works at Sunshrine Day Spa & Salon in Lakefield, she recommended I should have them cut and donate it. So I finally made an appointment to get it done, and this morning I watched as a couple years of life experience were chopped off my head. I made sure they took some photos along the way.
They tied my hair into a bunch of small ponytails to maximize how much usable hair they’d get off me. It looked kinda like this:
And just like that, my hair has been donated to Locks of Love to make a wig for someone who needs it. As an added bonus, I’m all set for summer and won’t have to deal with hair getting in my eyes while driving, and helmet hair will be the last of my worries when I’m out riding my motorcycle this summer..
Now I did NOT do any sort of fundraising effort this time around. I get that asking for donations is like pulling teeth, but I just want to take this time to point out that I AM currently fundraising for Walk A Mile in Her Shoes in support of the YWCA Crossroads Shelter with the goal of providing 3,000 safe nights for women and children escaping domestic violence. If seeing this gave you the urge to make some sort of charitable donation, I would appreciate it ever so much if you might consider making a pledge to support me in this year’s walk. You can follow THIS LINK to my profile, and I’ll see you in downtown Peterborough on May 26th!