Challenge Description

It has been about two and a half years since I last cut my hair. The journey started when I decided that I was going to grow my hair out for my little sister who was going to be living abroad for 18 months. A few months before she returned home I thought to myself, “she likes my long hair, maybe I will grow it out and cut it shortly after she returns”. My original intention did not match what actually happened. After a few months of growth I started thinking to myself, “you know, I am young in my professional career. If I want to climb the corporate ladder, I can’t grow my hair out and be a long haired hippie professional in my 30s or 40s. Maybe I should just keep growing it out until I get sick of it”. I followed that mindset until my hair got to that awkward phase (four inches or so). I wanted to chop it all off but I stuck it out!

A few months went by and I elected to grow my hair out until I had enough hair to donate. Little did I know how long of a commitment that would be. Here is a bit of a timeline as told by photos from my phone..

November 2014

March 2015

May 2015

July 2015

September 2015

October 2015

January 2016

March 2016

April 2016

June 2016

August 2016

October 2016

November 2016

My December challenge was then born. I knew that I wanted to cut my hair, and I also knew that I could parlay that into even more good! What I did was raise money in $5 donation increments. Each donor was given a number for every $5 that they contributed to the fund. At the end of the month, I used random.org to generate a number. The persons number that I selected was then able to choose my haircut for a week as well as where they wanted to donate the money raised.

The Results

I was able to raise $880 for charity. My girlfriend and I then kicked in an additional $120 to make it a round $1,000 to donate to charity. Randomness favored one of the people who donated a lot of money to the cause…my mother. I would be lying if I said that the field wasn’t disappointed in the results of the random drawing. However, she didn’t let me off as easily as I would have thought. Here is what happened when I went t get my hair cut. And then….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shout out to Dave Boyd for donating his time and haircutting abilities.