Would You Cut Your Hair Off For Charity?

17 August 2012 by

Amisha before her hair cut

The thought came to her in the shower. In early July, writer, sustainable fashion campaigner and some time comedian, Amisha Ghadiali  decided to cut off all of her hair. It wasn’t aesthetically-motivated though, rather she decided to do it for charity. Props...

Amisha after her hair cut

After taking part in a stand-up comedy challenge for International Women’s Day, Amisha was made an ambassador Womankind Worldwide, an international women’s human rights charity working to help women transform their lives in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and it was this new found role which led her to her current fundraising event. Her hair was cut on 27th July and donated to the Little Princess Trust, to make wigs for children affected by cancer. Her target is £50 per inch, totalling in £1000 for the whole lot. So far she’s raised £185.

It’s a brave thing to do. I once cut all my hair off. It was an emotional experience, imbued in regret and excitement in equal measure. I stopped wearing dressed because I only looked like a boy in a dress and went, in turn, to horizontal stripes so I’d look French. I liked it but spent the subsequent 18 months growing it back as quickly as I could with the sole use of sun and vitamins. The difference between our respective decisions, though, is that I paid to do it and had given a fair few months of thought.  Amisha’s decision was motivated by the notion that cutting off a woman’s hair has long been used as a punishment in times of conflict or in prisons. And it’s precisely this side of things that she hopes to highlight.

So you should probably donate something. If only because cutting off your hair is no small matter. I should know.



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Nick Kaufmann (Thu Oct 04 12:19:39 BST 2012): Next tuesday-- come and donate if you can.