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From ZZ Top to Brad Pitt

March 18th, 2010 at 8:55 am (AST) by Jake Richter

My experiment with untamed hair growth as part of our Antarctic experience was interesting. I decided in mid-December that my haircut at the time would be the last I would have until I returned from cold climes. Likewise, I stopped trimming my beard at the same time.

The rationale was that more hair on my head and face would keep me warmer. That part was certainly true. I think my face and head were warmer during the few cold spells we encountered. What I hadn’t figured on was that having a huge mass of fur on my chin would get to be really annoying after a while, but for no tangible reason – it just was annoying.

While in Stanley, in the Falkland Islands, I decided I needed a barbershop to get rid of the facial growth, and bumped into Andrew Evans, fellow blogger and passenger, who was looking for exactly the same thing. His beard was bugging him too.

Andrew and I showing off our manly face fuzz in Stanley

Andrew and I showing off our manly face fuzz in Stanley

Andrew and I were unsuccessful in our barbershop quest – all we could find was a beauty parlor in a supermarket and just seemed like the wrong place for a beard-cut, so the beards stayed until the end of our trip.

At the end of our journey, nearly a week after the above photo, I looked like this – almost a member of ZZ Top:

This is Jake after two and a half months of no haircuts or beard trims (at the airport in Ushuaia)

This is Jake after two and a half months of no haircuts or beard trims (at the airport in Ushuaia)

As soon as we got to Miami, I bought a cheap beard trimmer and whacked that beard right down to size, and a week later, after we got back home to Bonaire, our friend Barbel came over and gave all the Richters nice, short, haircuts. I took care of my own beard trimming, though.

A freshly shorn Jake back home on Bonaire

A freshly shorn Jake back home on Bonaire

So maybe not quite the Brad Pitt look, but at least life is now back to normal (more or less). And I feel well groomed once again.

Andrew ended up getting his trim too – check the photos in his Tweet.