[Lab] Shave a Maker

Jason Arnold arnold.jason at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 19:27:47 EDT 2014

I'll second Britta on this; as I understand it, the Canadian Cancer Society
(CCS) is in partnership with a couple groups: "A Child's Voice Foundation"
(a.k.a. "Angel Hair for Kids") and "Pantene Beautiful Lengths". These two
groups accept the hair donations to make wigs for cancer patients; "Angel
Hair..." for children and "Pantene..." for adults. I think which one of the
two you donate your hair to is your choice ultimately (as Britta mentioned,
they have slightly different requirements), but the fundraising part always
and only benefits the CCS. When I create the campaign, it will be the CCS
hosting the team website and providing the paper forms (if needed) as well
as tax receipts for the fundraising efforts.

As for the event itself, we'd settle on a day sometime down the road and
either make our way to a predetermined local salon (we've got our pick;
there are a handful throughout the city that participate in this program)
or we'd host some kind of event ourselves and have them come to us. Either
way, they'll take care of all the hairdressing then and there.

I do want to point out that *you don't have to donate hair* to participate
on a team. In 2007 we only had one donor (Tom), the other handful of us
with too little hair to donate simply pledged to help in the fundraising
and shave our heads when it was all over. I was working in IT at a local
college back home at the time, so we made a show of the event. Here's a
PowerPoint of how it all went down one fine afternoon in May in the
entrance hall of my alma mater: http://1drv.ms/1klpTYG

One thing I forgot to mention is timeline. Doug donated last summer, Britta
mid-last-winter and I was looking to do my donation within the next month.
We're all kinda out of step, but Britta seems keen on giving this a go when
she's got more hair, so, Darcy/Justin, you can hold off on this round if
you actually want to donate. Otherwise, if there's anyone on board with
joining me on this go-round and getting buzzed for Makers/Cancer, let me
know! I'll also be at ModLab tomorrow night if you'd like to chat me up
about it then.

I'm very encouraged by the response so far, thank you all! I'm pretty
excited to see where this will go!


2014-07-29 17:31 GMT-04:00 Britta Evans-Fenton <technical at artengine.ca>:

> Justin:
>  I can actually answer that one in brief, it is usually not the cancer
> society that you are donating hair to directly. I donated to Pantene who's
> requirements were:
>    - At least 8 inches long (no maximum length)
>     - If you have wavy or curly hair, measure when straight
>    - Free of permanent colour, bleach or other chemical treatments such
>    as Japanese straightening
>     - Vegetable dyes, semi-permanent dyes and rinses are acceptable, but
>    “virgin” hair is preferred
>    - No more than 5% gray
> There is also A Child's Voice Foundation that requires:
>    - The minimal hair donation length is *12 inches* measured tip to tip;
>    - Hair can be placed in a *braid* or *ponytail*;
>    - Tightly *secure* the braid or ponytail using rubber bands or hair
>    elastics;
>    - *No permed, bleached, dyed, or treated hair is acceptable*;
>    - Cut *above* the rubber band or hair elastic, not below;
>    - Slightly *grey hair* is acceptable.
>    - Please ensure hair is *fully dry* when cut. Wet hair cannot be used.
>    - Hair cut years ago is usable if it has been stored in a ponytail or
>    braid;
>    - Curly hair may be pulled straight to measure the minimum 12 inches;
>    - Hair swept off the floor is not useable;
>    - Hair that is shaved off and is not in a ponytail or braid is not
>    usable. Please divide your hair into multiple ponytails and cut each one
>    off before continuing to shave; and
>    - Dreadlocks, wigs, falls, hair extensions, or synthetic hair is *not*
>     acceptable.
> I know there is a few more places but generally 8 inches is a good rule of
> thumb.
> Britta
> *Technical Coordinator *
> Artengine.ca
> On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Justin <justin at slootsky.org> wrote:
>>  Darcy : you were recently pondering a hair cut weren't you?
>> Jason : what is the length required for the cancer society to make use of
>> it?
>> On July 29, 2014 3:06:56 PM Darcy Whyte <darcy at siteware.com> wrote:
>>> You mean my hair is good for something?
>>> That sounds like a pretty good cause, count me in.
>>> I think I need to grow it more though...
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>>> On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:07 PM, Jason Arnold <arnold.jason at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hello all,
>>>> As some of you may have noticed, I have lots of hair (maybe not on top,
>>>> but it is indisputably long). I've been growing it out with the goal of
>>>> donating it for the Cancer Society as thanks for their help with someone
>>>> near and dear to me: my sister, who, while she lost her hair to
>>>> chemotherapy, ultimately won the war and has been cancer-free for over 10
>>>> years now. Amongst many things, they gave her hair when she had none, so I
>>>> wanna give some back while I still have it to give :D
>>>> So, why am I telling you all this? Well, while I'm prepared to go it
>>>> alone and fundraise as well as make my hair donation as an individual, as
>>>> the saying goes: there's strength in numbers, so I'm putting this call out
>>>> to you, my fellow Makers, to team up with me. I know the spirit's out
>>>> there; a couple of Makers in our ranks - namely, Britta and Doug - have
>>>> already donated their hair within the past year, but even if you don't have
>>>> enough hair to donate, we can still join forces. Back in 2007, I was part
>>>> of a "Shave a Nerd" campaign where we only had one hair donor among us, but
>>>> the other dozen or so on the team joined in on the fundraising and had our
>>>> heads shaved in solidarity. I'm aiming to do something like that for
>>>> artengine. It's fun, it's for a good cause and it's a chance to garner some
>>>> free publicity of sorts for our humble Makerspace. I'm open to suggestions
>>>> on the Team name, but "Maker Haire" feels right. I haven't put together a
>>>> team page or registered anything yet; I wanted to put this out there as a
>>>> feeler before I took that next step. So, who's with me?
>>>> *Jason*
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