Letter to the Editor: Let hair grow for a good cause


In an attempt to raise awareness concerning men’s health, especially prostate cancer and depression, the Australia-based organization Movember began in 2004 to encourage men to grow mustaches during the month of November. No-Shave November events spread like wildfire across the globe, landing in the United States in 2006.

Ten years later, No-Shave November encourages its participants to stop shaving for the entire month of November. Grow a mustache. Grow a beard. Even let your legs grow hairy, ladies. Although Movember still focuses on gentlemen growing a mustache for 30 days, No-Shave November is not just for gents, anymore. Anyone can raise cancer awareness in the world by growing their own stubbly advertisements.

But, here’s a unique challenge. Instead of just making it one month, why not closet the scissors for enough months to grow 8 to 12 inches of hair? By doing so, participants not only raise awareness for cancer, but they can tangibly give their hair to a not-for-profit organization that can turn those lovely locks into a hair piece for a child who has lost his own hair due to cancer, alopecia, or other hair-loss-causing incident. There are many organizations to choose from; however, the guidelines are similar: hair should be approximately 10 inches long, unchemically treated (thus, no perms or bleach-based colorations), and both clean and dry. Rubberband the hair prior to cutting and, after it’s snipped, slip the clean, dry hair into a zip-locking bag. Then, look up the address for an organization and mail the hair donation along with a completed donation form.

This year’s event raises special excitement for our family as I’m currently growing my sixth hair donation in honor of the men and women in my life who have died from or experienced the ravages of cancer. My husband is in his second no-shave experience and working on his very first 10-inch hair donation. And my 6-year-old son is only an inch away from his first hair donation. Please consider joining the movement.

Sarah Kohrs, Mount Jackson.