El Gnarstavo’s 4-Year Hair Update

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Where In The Hell…

Ay guey, the updates have been few and far between. Aside from the clarifying shampoo ordeal, I haven’t checked in on the blog since Design Your Own Hair Ties With El Gustavo. With all my die-hard fans clamoring for news, here I’ll bring you up to speed in El Gnarstavo’s 4-Year Hair Update.
El Gnarstavo on Design your own hair ties with El Gnarstavo

Changes in The Workplace

I’m not avoiding you guys, I promise. The truth is I’ve been here all along, hiding out in the design bay producing our blog posts, emails and most everything design-related.

You see, I’ve been with The Longhairs since day one. While I’ve always been a designer, I started off processing orders and answering customer support questions.

As our team has grown, I’ve been able to narrow my focus on design, eventually stepping into my current role as Senior Designer. It’s a position I’m proud to hold, but it’s a big responsibility—bigger than I even expected, maybe—and there is still a lot of work to do.

Parting Ways With El Gustavo

Besides my new role, there was just one thing missing…a cooler nickname! Everyone around me seemed to have a clever moniker, while I kinda just got stuck with “El Gustavo.” Hey, it’s cool, but not especially creative.

Considering one of our core values is creativity and authenticity…I made the executive unilateral decision to officially change my nickname to El Gnarstavo and develop an El Gnarstavo t-shirt collection to really emphasize the point. I think it works.

El Gnarstavo Tee shirt on El Gnarstavo

The El Gnarstavo Hair Update

At The Great Cut in 2019 I cut my hair to shoulder-length, and since then I’d had just two very small trims. My hair was now past my waist, about to surpass my butt. The problem was I had a lot of split ends, hair damage and breakage due to neglect. If I’m being honest, it was kind of a mess. It was time for a trim and I felt like a lot would have to go.

I was a little nervous though. What if they butcher my hair? What if they cut off more than I want? What if they make my hair into a pinche beehive??

El Gnarstavo's  Beehive Hairstyle
Fortunately El Travieso, our youngest long hair here at headquarters, talked me through it, sharing his experience from his last barber visit and what I could expect. This made me feel at ease and gave me confidence to make a hair appointment.
El Travieso and El Gnarstavo chatting on The Mane Cave

The Big Trim

With all the bros having a great experience there, I decided to visit master long hair barber Shelbee Shearz, who has pretty much become our official barber at The Longhairs. It was time for a big-time trim and I was ready!

Watch as Shelbee addresses my hair damage, breakage, split ends and the pesky flyaways that were driving me crazy. And of course you’ll find out…HOW MUCH DID SHE CUT?? It’s all here in El Gnarstavo’s 4-Year Hair Update.

The Great Cut is Approaching

Life has unexpected turns and time does fly. Don’t neglect your hair like I did. The Great Cut 2024 is coming up fast and I want to provide the best possible hair I can for the recipient of my hair donation. Take care of your hair and give it some extra love these months leading to The Great Cut.
What’s your “El” moniker? How did you come up with it?


  1. Is there a time and place of The Great Cut of 2024? Yes even though I’m a girl I have been growing my hair out to participate. I know it’s past my waist at this point…can’t wait to see how long it will get during these last months. thanks, Donna Dube

    1. Hi Donna! Yes The Great Cut is on March 16, 2024 at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in San Diego from 9 AM to 9 PM. There is some new information recently posted about the event on The Great Cut website: https://thegreatcut.us/

  2. Was this his last trim before The Great Cut? I think I’m going to do one more in about a month and that’ll be the last one until THE MANE EVENT.

  3. Gus has GREAT hair! So does his hairdresser! Looks fresh and tidy and cleaned up. Great video!

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    Im ready for The Great Cut!

    Stoked to be able to have some more time to add to my length and provide more when it comes time.

  5. when all barbers don’t accept their customers can tie their hair, using layers, mulet cut, improbable pompadours to maintain them in their chairs ( scissors and trimmer provide them their money), Shelbee has understood that, if even the most of men stay shorthair, be the unique longhair men’s friendly barber is a way to get fortune !!!!!!!!!
    Hairdressers should remember that they are not artists but artisans, and must use their technique to realize what the customer want !!!!!!!!!! and not a self claimed “art masterpiece” or norm cut !!!!
    they haven’t to impose others their ” religious commandments” and refuse in their salons ” deviant people” , even if the supreme court allows them ; i believe that Jesus Christ was more tolerant !!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Gustopher…. buddy started calling me Gus and he lengthened it to Gustopher……
    My name is David…..go figure….

  7. My “El” moniker is El Rubio. I came up with it before and during my trip around the world, when many Spanish-speaking peoples called me El Rubio. But especially Danny’s dad!

  8. I think Gus has the best hair in the building. It’s just next level in length and girth.

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