Airing It Out With Ratty Maty

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Your Health Is Vital

In 2021, Ratty Maty knew something was wrong. After months of painful digestion problems and losing weight, he finally learned he had Crohn’s disease, which was even causing hair loss.

This led him to a crossroads: continue to lose his hair, or cut it and let it grow back stronger?

Hair Loss and Crohn’s Disease

Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. Hair loss is a common secondary effect of Crohn’s, brought on by malnourishment and stress.
Ratty Maty jumping over El Moreno who is throwing down hair whip, featured in hair loss and chrons disease

From Losing Hair To Big Air

A replenished, reinvigorated Ratty Maty returned to The Longhairs HQ, bigger, stronger, and with a lot less hair. After getting treatment, cutting his hair and learning how to manage Crohn’s, he put weight back on, his hair started regrowing, and he’s back to looking like a BMX beefcake.

He even set sail over El Moreno and El Rubio’s manes.

We talk about his life-changing ordeal with Crohn’s disease, hair loss, wins and losses, and mustering the confidence to pull off big tricks with BMX Pro Ratty Maty on The Longhairs podcast.

What you'll hear about

  • Persevering through pain
  • Being a lone wolf
  • The decision to cut his hair
  • Strength training and grip strength
  • His BMX setup
  • Confidence

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Ratty Maty featured on The Longhairs Podcast Let It Ride

BMX Pro Ratty Maty

Hailing from Cottonwood, CA, Ratty Maty is a professional purveyor of bunny hops, big airs and stalled-out manuals. He’s a coffee connoisseur, life enthusiast, creator of The Bike Life hair ties and one of the most genuine guys we know.


This episode of Let It Ride is brought to you by The Great Cut 2024, where The Longhairs will attempt another world-record charity hair donation for Children With Hair Loss.

Bros On This Episode

El Rubio | Chris Healy

El Rubio

Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Manetenance Officer for The Longhairs, El Rubio is a writer, traveler, avid skier and athlete. He writes most of the words you read from The Longhairs.


El Sicario looking tough

El Sicario

A former Reconnaissance Marine native to San Diego, El Sicario is The Longhairs’ Warehouse Manager. In touch with his Chamorro heritage, he’s an avid supporter of hair equality and saving bros from the treacherous grasp of inferior hair ties.


El Garvinski | Garv Ha

El Garvinski

Video Producer for The Longhairs, El Garvinski is a media solutions expert and active health advocate. He directed/produced the iconic Hair Ties For Guys commercial in 2014, and continues firing off heavy content for The Longhairs.


Have you had an experience with hair loss and Crohn’s disease? Please share in the comments.