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Hair today, given tomorrow

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chad Bol has grown his mullet out for Locks of Love three times before. This time, however, he wanted Ira Garvis to be the one to cut his hair. Garvis recently entered his 51st year in business as a barber on Grand Ave.
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Ruthven man grows his mullet for Locks of Love

Chad Bol had been anticipating this particular haircut for quite some time.

For the last two years, he'd been growing his mullet out until it reached a length suitable for donating to Locks of Love.

This wasn't Bol's first donation. He'd done it twice before, but this time he wanted Grand Ave. barber Ira Garvis to be the one to cut the hair off. Garvis had never before cut hair for Locks of Love, and Bol, who has been getting his hair cut by Garvis for the last 12 years, wanted to dedicate this haircut and his donation to Garvis' 50 years of service as a barber.

"It's been a dream of his for years," Garvis said.

Bol's inspiration to donate his hair is tied very close to his heart. Both his mother and his grandmother died of cancer, and he has a close friend currently battling cancer.

"I've had long hair since I was a kid," Bol said. "And having them go through that, I decided to give back."

"I get kind of teary, knowing that this is going to someone who appreciates it," he continued, tearing up a bit. "It's sad, there's nothing they can do to control their situation. If I can do something to make them happy, I will."

Bol is known for his unique hairstyle in Ruthven, where he now lives. Just before cutting, Bol measured his mullet at 17 inches, long enough to trail down his back.

"I'm very recognizable from a crowd," he said, laughing. "At concerts, people want to have their picture taken with me."

Usually, he said, strangers who want his picture will try to inconspicuously sidle up next to him and take the picture before he notices. On these occasions, he'll turn around and pose for them.

"I'm proud of it," he said. "When people make judgmental comments I want to tell them, 'I grow this for people who have cancer. Don't give me crap.'"

After this haircut, Bol will once again grow his mullet until it's long enough for a donation.

"I'll do this until the day I die," he said.

For now, however, Bol's head will weigh a little less with his new haircut.

"He's going to have a whole new image," Garvis said.

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"Mullet for a cause!" Nice! I'm sure Ira was more than happy to "Shape him up," as he likes to say.

-- Posted by No. 3121 on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 11:23 AM

Known Chad for years. He has a big heart.

-- Posted by brian48 on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 9:25 PM

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