Andis Co. sponsored a recent fund-raising event for children’s cancer research that also doubled as a new Guinness World Record for most heads shaved in an hour. The "Be Brave and Shave" event, held by Milwaukee-based Roots Salon, took place at the Brookfield Soccer Complex in Brookfield, Wisconsin, on Oct. 21.
The previous Guinness World Record of 318 heads shaved in an hour was set in Ireland (February 2011).
However, a team of 10 Roots Salon hairstylists—Sami Teronde, Jeanette Schneider, Lara Huber, Ciara Ott, Nicky Bembenek, Becky Gbur, Jocelyn Wabiszewski, Heather Rodis, Elle Clements and Alicia LaChance (pictured)—established a new record of 371 heads shaved.
The participants were mostly men and boys, a few women and a 1-year-old.
More than $50,000 was raised for 2-year-old Haven Anderson and CureSearch for Children's Cancer. Anderson's mother, Erin Anderson, is a lifelong friend of Roots Salon co-owners Naomi Prusinski and Shannon Lopez. They organized the event.
Adhering to Guinness guidelines of using professional tools for the official record attempt, Andis Co. provided all hairstylists with Envy Clippers, Experience Cordless Clippers, SuperLiner Trimmers, combs, capes, oil and disinfecting spray.
“We are so grateful to Andis,” says Lopez, "and it is wonderful that [it is] a local company based in nearby Racine.”
Authorized witnesses documented every head shaving, and all volunteers who had their heads shaved will be listed at the World Record Shave website.
[Image courtesy of Roots Salon]