I did the ALS ice bucket challenge last week. I had already personally decided not to participate after reading articles that prove only a fraction of donations are actually put towards research, and that ALS has purposefully mis-categorized funds in their annual report to make it seem otherwise:
You can check out the 2014 ALS Annual Report for yourself & come to your own conclusion, but I decided that I wouldn’t participate. UNTIL my company decided that this year’s charity efforts would benefit ALS, and that each office would complete the ice bucket challenge & tag a different office until all offices had donated and/or doused themselves. And so, after much back and forth, I found myself standing in front of City Hall with my co-workers, getting ready to have ice water dumped on our heads.
We found out a couple days before we were actually going to do it, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent much of that time stressing over what to do with my hair! Luckily, it was the Friday before Labor Day so we had a half day anyway, and we’d be doing the dump an hour before we left for the day, but still! I didn’t want to have to worry about my hair getting all crazy after getting ice cold water dumped on it! I’m sure other women have the same concern, so here are my tips for surviving the ALS ice bucket challenge so you don’t end up like this woman:
- Option #1 – Try a cute braided style. I decided to braid my hair in two french braids – it kept my hair out of the way, and worst case scenario I could always let it air-dry and have waves when I took them out the next day.
- Option #2 – If you REALLY want to wear a wig, make sure it’s secured properly, and that the water is either poured directly on top of you, or gently poured towards your back. Don’t let someone whale you in the face with a full bucket like that poor woman did -__-
- Option #3 – ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Day = WASH DAY! The point of the challenge is that you only have 24 hours to either donate or douse yourself, but ultimately awareness (and fundraising) is the goal. Make a donation within 24 hours, and if you still want to do the bucket challenge, do it on the day you were going to wash your hair anyway!
- Option #4 – If you’re able to achieve a decent wash-n-go with your hair, more power to you – you shouldn’t even be stressing!
- Option #5 – Try a protective style like box braids, marley twists, or senegalese twists. I did my own box braids last year and Marley Twists this year, and both styles only took me 5-6 hours. Since you have 24 hours to do the challenge, you can set aside time to do your hair first. Bonus – you have a style that will last a couple weeks =)
Most importantly, once you decide, just let go of the stress & have fun!
Have you done the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? What did you do with your hair?
Editing to add:
I just came across this video – a young photographer does the ice bucket challenge, but after breaks down in tears as he describes/shows the actual effect the disease has on a person.
It’s terrible. I have a mix of emotions after watching it… I feel silly for even worrying about my hair when other people obviously have much larger issues to worry about, guilty for initially not wanting to participate in something that is raising awareness for such a terrible disease, anger that pharma companies don’t want to invest $$$ in a cure because it wouldn’t be profitable… The whole idea of pharma companies operating purely as businesses and not with compassion is so upsetting.