The teen had found an identity in his hair, that had grown so long it went on for not just inches and inches, but feet! However, he realized it was time to part ways with the look and chopped it all off. The main reason he decided to ditch the hippie look was the endless maintenance it required. He was tired of caring for his hair in order to keep it tidy, his sister Wendy explained. So he braved a trip to the salon where a stylist cut off three large ponytails of hair.