It Was A Swanky Holiday Mixer
We had a party, and it was a real bash. Below are some of the best pictures from Long Manes & Candy Canes, but first a quick backstory on this swanky soiree.
The first Long Manes & Candy Canes was on December 12, 2014, billed as a “swanky holiday mixer, studiowarming and The Longhairs premiere,” our official founding date.
We didn’t have any products, we hadn’t made a dollar, and our concept was entirely unproven. What we did have was an idea we believed in wholeheartedly—and a community of friends, family and associates who believed in us too.
Over the next year we worked on content, social media and product development, until the second Long Manes & Candy Canes in December 2015. We finally launched Hair Ties For Guys, and we made them for sale online for $12 a pack.
In 2016 we worked out of a garage, in ‘17 we were focused on Shark Tank, and in ‘18 we were desperately preparing for The Great Cut. In 2019 we were still exhausted from The Great Cut, 2020 was 2020, and we completely forgot what happened in 2021.
The point is we’ve pushed it off for years, because it takes time and money and energy and pulls resources away from other important things. But these things are important, because a business is about more than sales and revenue. It’s about character and culture, community and camaraderie.
With 2022 having been the hardest year in the history of The Longhairs, it would have been easy to skip it again…but something told us we had to bring it back this year.
That something was the sixth and last of our core values:
Building and influencing community from San Diego outward.
The party wasn’t something we had to do. It would have been a lot easier not to do it. In the words of Jesse Fanning, founder of Henebery and longtime supporter, “you guys aren’t doing this the easy way.”
It’s true because there is no easy way.
We did it anyway, because while there are many ways to build community, throwing a crackin party is pretty damn effective. And it was crackin, with new and familiar faces, friends and family, longhairs who traveled from afar and guests via livestream.
A big thank you to everyone who came, our bartenders, our sponsors, our team, and to everyone who’s been down since day one.
The Best Pictures from Long Manes & Candy Canes
Don’t Miss The Next Long Manes & Candy Canes
We can’t promise when it’s gonna be, but we can promise you’ll want to be there. Until that day…
For auld lang syne
We'll drink a cup of kindness yet
For the sake of auld lang syne