Dad doesn’t shave for 15 months and now ‘looks like Tom Hanks from Cast Away’
During lockdown, many of us were left looking rather different from our usual selves, thanks to the closure of hairdressers, salons, barbers and anything else which kept us looking kempt.
Some people opted for DIY jobs, with varying levels of success, while others – like this London dad – decided to ride it out and let that hair grow and grow.
However, salons, barbers and pretty much everything else is back in business, and yet, Sheridon Glenn has not had a hair cut or a beard trim for 15 whole months.
In fact, the 49-year-old, from Hampton, hasn’t had so much as a trim since January last year, and he now resembles Tom Hanks’ character Chuck Noland in Cast Away – but it’s all for a good cause.
Sheridon has set himself an ambitious target of raising £25,000 for frontline workers, after being inspired by Sir Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising efforts, as a thank you for everything they’ve done for us since the pandemic began.
“I thought the least I could do was not cut my hair, not trim or shave anything. The original plan was on the one-year anniversary of lockdown to shave then, that will be the big celebration, donate it to charity to refresh everyone’s memory of what we’re going through,” he told MyLondon.
“When we got to March 2021 we were still in lockdown so I said let’s wait until we get a bit more daylight. It’s been over 15 months now.”
The father-of-two said the worst part about his lockdown locks is trying to brush out all the knots when he wakes up. Sheridon, we feel your pain.
“Brushing it out in the morning is a pain in the butt; sleeping is a pain – when you sleep you roll over and lay on your hair, it falls in your eye when you’re working, my beard gets quite tangly,” he said.
“Now I have a collection of beard and hair products to keep it under control. It takes a little longer to get ready in the morning. I have to take time to wash and condition my beard. I’ll be glad and sad to see it go.”
Fortunately for Sheridon, he has his eight-year-old daughter, Lourelie, to plait braids into his beard and hair while his 10-year-old son, Wyatt, has helped with recording a “campaign video”.
“My kids don’t remember what I look like without hair, they say the pictures don’t look like me,” Sheridon said. “My wife said ‘I would like to know what his face looks like again’.”
So far, the dad, who originally hails form Arkansas in the United States, has raised more than £4,000 towards his fundraising target and he hopes to let his kids shave it all off when all lockdown restrictions are lifted in the UK.
“It’s much more emotional than I imagined if I’m honest with you, I get a little emotional when people donate, people send little jokes,” he said of the support he’s received.
“It’s a lot of people I know. People send little stories about it, it’s really emotional and humbling. You don’t really realise how generous the world can be, we forget sometimes.”