It looked like the typical bar scene with drinks and music, except for one thing—a female mannequin sitting in a barber’s chair.
The Cuckoo’s Nest, an Irish bar in Woodside, hosted the charity “Shave or Dye” on Saturday, July 28.
Participants could have their hair dyed, beard or head shaved, or legs, backs and chests waxed. Each participant was asked to raise $200, with proceeds going to The Irish Cancer Society.
With rainbow locks and a full beard, organizer John Paul Barry said he had not cut his hair for the last nine months.
“It’s for a great cause so it really didn’t bother me,” Barry said, who admitted that everyone participating had been affected by cancer some way in their own lives.
Liz Kenny, a stylist at Celtic Hair Design at 72-17 Grand Ave. in Maspeth, said she was dying half her head purple for the event. However, due to safety regulations, dying could not be done in the bar and was completed before the start of the event.
Calling on the first “victim” Peter Hamilton, the announcer invited bids from the audience for whoever wanted to take the first shave. After a bid of $60 from a friend, Hamilton lost the middle strip of his brown hair.
Lorraine McKenna, a stylist from Nolas, a hair salon located at 65-10 Woodside Ave. in Woodside, took over the rest of the cut. In a matter of seconds, Hamilton was bald.
Hamilton admitted to feeling naked with no hair, but said he knew it would grow back.
With a goal of raising $5,000 for the Irish Cancer Society, Barry boasted that they were already well over their expected amount early in the night. “I’m looking forward to seeing where we end up,” he said.