Hitting Reset With David Kennedy

In Advocate by El Rubio6 Comments

It’s Not Saying Goodbye, It’s Just Starting Over

David Kennedy, who gave us our first choppy audio interview in the Longhairs Professional Series, owner of James Coffee Co., avid motorcycle enthusiast, musician, certified longhair, all-around badass and great guy, has recently felt the need to reset.

David identifies as a longhair as much as any we’ve met. If you listened to our first interview, you’ll recall such memorable concepts as “you can’t get into the longhairs club overnight,” and, “I just can’t be a short-haired banker.” Suffice to say he’s a longhair advocate and supporter at heart.

And yet, despite being a longhair lifer, he’s ready to face the shears and start over, “the reset,” as he calls it. Turns out he’s been doing this reset cycle most of his life, growing it long, cutting it, starting over and repeating.

Before making the move this time he felt compelled to talk it over with the Longhairs—you know, make sure he didn’t have to give up his card or anything. We had David Kennedy at the Longhairs global headquarters, talking hair and other interesting topics.

What you’ll hear about:

  • Why you should treat everything like you would treat a woman
  • Why in business you might just have to stab someone
  • Kids with long hair is trending; the top knot is not trending
  • Why long hair is part of our identity, and how the lowball can change your life
  • Motorcycles

Listen to the longhairs rapping

If and when…

David’s story highlights an interesting fact: of the hundreds of men with long hair we’ve come into contact with, a significant number have reported to us that not only do they grow their hair out and cut it regularly, but they do so for the sole purpose of donating their hair to charity.

You’ll see more on this topic in the future, but in the meantime we felt this a great opportunity to highlight a few of the charities that accept hair donations, and their stated missions:

Locks of Love

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Pantene Beautiful Lengths

Our goal is simple. We want to make it possible for women everywhere to share their hair with women who’ve lost theirs. It’s also why we’ve partnered with the American Cancer Society® to make and distribute the wigs.

Wigs 4 Kids

Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides wigs and services at no charge to children and young adults experiencing hair loss due to cancer, alopecia, trichotillomania, burns and several other disorders. Our clients, also known as Ambassadors, range in age from 3 to 18, and are located throughout Michigan.

Wigs For Kids

Helping Children Look Themselves & Live Their Lives: For over 30 years, Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, Alopecia, Trichotillomania, burns and other medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Children With Hair Loss

Children With Hair Loss was created as a resource for ALL CHILDREN who have medically-related hair loss. It is our mission to empower these children to become whole again by making hair replacement available to those who may be financially challenged and might otherwise not have a means of obtaining the hair they want and need.

So if and when the time comes to part ways with your luscious locks, reluctantly as it may be, consider one of these organizations to donate your hair for someone who needs it.


Do you grow your hair out cut it in a repeating cycle?

Do you grow your hair for the purpose of donating it?

Do you support one of these charities?

Tell us about it. In the comments.