Ponytails are a big deal - thanks to Sustainable Salons Australia, and to celebrate two decades of World's Greatest Shave, The Leukaemia Foundation is going green with the people at Sustainable Salons, to recycle the hair that we Australians proudly shave off!
Many of the ponytails cut from those taking part in the event will now be turned into wigs for those with cancer, while shorter hair clippings will be transformed into compost and even "floating booms" to absorb oil spills at sea.
If your ponytail is more than 20 cm you can drop it off at any World's Greatest Shave public event, or just post it to World's Greatest Shave Pony Tails, c/o Sustainable Salons Australia, 15 Salisbury St, Botany, NSW, 2019. They must be tied at the top, middle and bottom, and it does not matter if your hair has been dyed.
At the public events, the shorter hair will be swept up, and they will also be collecting empty cans of coloured hairspray, and making sure they do not get into landfill sites and instead get recycled.
It is quite amazing to think that the hair that you cut off for this event could end up floating on the Great Barrier Reef and stopping oil spills from spreading, or even made into a wig to help those who have hair loss from chemotherapy.
Sustainable Salons Australia is a recovery firm who collect up to 95% of waste from hairdressers, as well as metals and chemicals. It is Australia's number one collector and donor of ponytails for wigs, and all recycling proceeds made through this enterprise are donated to charitable organisations.
For those people who will be shaving, the suggested clipper length is No.1 or No. 2. If you prefer to keep a tiny bit of hair, it is suggested you chose a No. 3 or No. 4 clipper cut. For health reasons, you are requested not to blade shave down to the skin.
CHINVILLE! Chinville is a place where everyone shaves their hair to support the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
It was in Chinville, while on Chin Rock, that a group of "Chinions" looked down onto their tiny township and made an amazing revelation - shaving your hair is an extraordinary way to help beat blood cancer!
Every year since this happened, the citizens of Chinville come together as a community, finding different and unique ways to take part, and getting YOU interested in joining in for a good cause.
So don't delay - sign up and get sponsored to shave, colour or wax the hair on your head, chest or face, and you too could become the next honorary citizen of Chinville.
If you do not intend to shave your head, but will cut off your ponytail, do chop off your hair so you can also join in the fun.
Or perhaps colour your hair using non-permanent hairspray that washes out the same day. You can use Cinta Intense Hair Colour Sprays which are available from many pharmacies.
When you sign up and raise money for the World's Greatest Shave, you are helping to give those suffering from blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need.
Your money raised will also fund the vital research that is needed to keep more of these people alive and surviving cancers like lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.
Why don't YOU join in and register at the World's Greatest Shave site. You could sponsor yourself to start off your drive at fundraising, as this is a great way to encourage others to also sponsor you. If you can give $50, others may feel they have to give the same!
You can find out more about this great event, by going to the World's Greatest Shave website. You can also search to see if there is an event near you that you can attend by going to this site.