Some may recognize The Longhairs co-founders, Chris Healy and Lindsay Barto (both USA), when they successfully cut a deal with Mark Cuban on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2018.
Fast forward to March this year and the California natives have many more cuts to be recognized for – haircuts that is.
On 16 March the pair achieved the most hair donated to charity in 24 hours.
Prior to conceiving The Longhairs - an online men’s grooming brand specializing in hair ties and hair care products – the business duo had a mission to someday host an event that would make a positive impact on the world.
And they’ve now done just that with 153.83 kg (339 lbs 2.19 oz) from 2,834 donations which will go to Children With Hair Loss, a non-profit charity that provides hair replacements to kids with medically-related hair loss completely free of charge.
The goal of their long-envisioned charity event, The Great Cut, was two-fold: to set a Guinness World Records title and raise $200k for the charity as it can cost up to $5k per patient to manufacture a custom wig.
Over 1,300 hair donors, stylists, volunteers and guests traveled from across the country to the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego, California to be a part of this historic event.
Everyone in attendance rallied to perform haircuts and process mail-in donations from 9:00 a.m. on 16 March into the early hours of the following day.
Among the hair donors were Healy and Barto who donated 38 inches of hair combined – Healy with 14 inches and Barto who shaved his head completely with a whopping 24 inches!
Mail-in hair donations from nearly every state in the U.S. and from as far as Australia and Japan contributed to the effort as well.
Shortly after 1:00 a.m. on 17 March, Guinness World Records adjudicator Brittany Dunn announced that The Great Cut successfully donated 339.14 lb of hair, breaking the previous record by less than 0.5 lbs!
Though The Great Cut had raised an astounding $20,000 by the day of the event, it did fall short on its GoFundMe campaign, which remains open for donations in the hopes of reaching their $200,000 goal by the end of 2019.
Within the next five years, Chris and Lindsay plan to host The Great Cut for a second time and in the meantime, will continue to donate $1 per purchase to the Children With Hair Loss organization - an initiative they’ve maintained since founding their business.
See more from The Longhairs and what they are doing now at thelonghairs.us.