When Trevor Lawrence Last Friday, he got off the plane and entered his new home in Jacksonville, Florida. His first instinct was not to smile or give a thumbs up. It wasn’t “Duuuval!” and drag a Jacksonville Jaguars Cap on his head.
As the quarterback reached for his new team’s greetings with his right hand, the quarterback placed his left hand on top of his head where his fingers caught a handful of gorgeous caramel blonde hair before those curls could cascade down to cover his chiseled face and block It off the lenses of the waiting cameras. Then he strode towards those cameras with a handshake, smile, and hair clip worthy of a Tyra Banks gasp on the runways of America’s Next Top Model.
Yes, Jags fans, Trevor Lawrence has finally arrived, with his # 1 arm, his # 1 throwing ability, and more importantly, his # 1 hair. They are football follicles of such strength that they can get through others Associations made famous – “others” ranging from social media sensations to nicknames to lookalikes and faux tweets the hair himself. Barbershops in his hometown have “The Trevor”. His mop was recorded by TMZ. And after Lawrence dismantled Alabama in the 2019 College Championship Playoff National Championship Game, GQ wrote, “He’s Fabio if Fabio could drop a 60-yard cent against college football’s most feared defense.”
Once, when he casually revealed that he was using Pantene Pro-V to transport his plumage, drugstores in Upstate South Carolina saw a run of shampoo from high school boys trying to restore Lawrence’s secret serum. Troy Polamalu, the pioneer of NFL shampoo endorsements, has advised tucking your hair in so Lawrence doesn’t get ripped off, as Polamalu is known to have been after an interception against the Chiefs in 2006.
When ESPN.com sent filamentous photos taken by Lawrence during the springtime to several high profile hairdressers for analysis – from his pro workouts, masters, wedding, the cover of Sports Illustrated – reactions ranged from shock to jealousy.
It’s the mane of a man who means business.
“It’s definitely a new take on helmet hair,” said famous hair and makeup artist Bryce Carey, who has worked with opulent headgear from Rosario Dawson and Laura Rutledge to Ryan Lochte and Jesse Palmer. “It’s just as impressive in a headband as it is in a black-tie blowout. It’s obviously well-groomed, conditioned, and perfectly groomed. It gives me the vibe of a fourth Hanson brother.” And Carey means that as a compliment.
For the past three years, Clemson students have been wearing blonde wigs with white headbands to games in Death Valley, to parties at the Esso Club, and at every point where a fashion magazine / Insta-Post-Pose value lies in between. (If you want one of your own, you can order one over the Internet from Watt’s Wigs in San Diego. For $ 19.99, the Star Athlete Headband Wig is decorated with a “# 16” headband in Clemson Orange or Jaguars Teal When the subject of his big strands is inevitably brought up at press conferences by the CFP up to 904, his hair hastily hijacked the process, as it did during his pre- and post-NFL appearances last week.
“I think I shouldn’t be surprised at this point if I get questions about my hair, but I am,” the 21-year-old said last week while building his upcoming selection on the draft. “I guess I thought maybe people would be used to it. I mean, I’ve had it for a while.”
How long has it been so long? The literal roots go back to his first year at Cartersville, Georgia High. Believe it or not, Lawrence’s first few days as the Purple Hurricane were spent on a buzz cut. He was born in Knoxville, Tennessee and then moved to Cartersville, about 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta. Neither location will ever be confused with Haight-Ashbury or the Sunset Strip. As briefly as he’d worn his hair all his young life, sitting side by side with childhood buddy Joshua Mayo, as got his mother, Mrs. Rose Mayo, got the clippers out and sheared them like Sheep.
– Ryan McGee (@ESPNMcGee) April 30, 2021
But during his first days in high school, Lawrence and three teammates dared each other not to cut their hairstyles for as long as they could bear. The goal was to see both of those who could hold out the longest and whether either of them could actually look away. The answer to both challenges was Trevor Lawrence, although the early returns were not promising.
“It looked a bit rough in the middle,” recalled dad Jeremy Lawrence, a steel mill safety and environmental manager who has worn a buzz cut his entire life. “But he’s young and it’s growing fast.”
It grew a little too fast for the coaching staff in Cartersville, a bunch of old school who prefer their players’ lettuce to be tall and tight rather than long and shiny. But young Trevor had already taken on QB as a freshman, throwing for 3,053 yards and 26 touchdowns, and leading the canes to the Georgia State semifinals. The coaches, looking around the 22,000-strong city of Friday Night Lights and seeing children and adults wearing # 16 jerseys and a pair of blonde wigs, decided that for Lawrence, getting their hair about was probably the best way keep jobs.
Another appearance that was positively influenced by T-Law was that of the Cartersville hairdresser Scott Holder, who together with his wife Holly owns and operates the Hair Techniques salon. You know the place down there on South Dixie Avenue between Pickett’s Guitar Shop and Wilson Pools Depot. The Holders have been family friends of the Lawrences for many years. When Trevor decided he wanted as long from his neck as he was on the field, his mom called Amanda Holder and has been the steward of Football’s Most Famous Fibers since 2015. During his college career, including last week’s draft, Lawrence has When he felt the need to shape his strands, did the two and a half hour drive home for Holder’s manual labor, a quick but carefully layered effort that required about 20 minutes.
Hair Techniques isn’t where The Trevor was sold, by the way – it was a rival business elsewhere in town, but the good people of Cartersville didn’t bite. They had long seen the owners sit next to the Lawrences at the Hurricanes home games and then every Clemson postseason game, so they knew a cosmetology counterfeiter when they saw one.
Speaking of fur counterfeiters, no one has ever had a problem with two digital Trevor honors filmed just down the street from Cartersville. From an unfamiliar location described only as “close to where he was born”, a fan who prefers to remain anonymous maintains the @ TLHHair account and posts every recent great photo of Lawrence ‘do with the hashtag #GoWithTheFlow. The account’s big break came when Clemson retweeted it on the video board in Death Valley. Lawrence himself replied with emojis several times. “It opened my eyes to how many men complain about his hair on social media and several women want to know the secrets to keep the golden flow going,” the Twitter user wrote on ESPN.com on NFL Draft Night . “We’ll see if Trevor lands a Pantene appearance that matches his Adidas, Gatorade, and other recommendations!”
Cartersville captured The Hair.
Even if Trevor looks 35 years old.
– TrevorLawrencesHair (@TLawHair) April 27, 2021
In Alpharetta, on the Cartersville-Clemson road, high school student Bella Martina became a TikTok sensation two years ago when classmates told her she looked like Lawrence. Her brother posted footage of Martina posing like famous Lawrence photos. As of last week, the video had 2.4 million views and its sequels, including a side-by-side reaction from Lawrence to her appearance and pictures of a trip to Clemson, where she met QB and head coach Dabo Swinney, totaled more than 36 million Views and counts. Martina became such a phenomenon on the Clemson campus. She was recruited by candidates for Student Union President and Vice President to record campaign videos on her behalf. They have won. Once drafted, Bleacher Report flew her to Jacksonville in Jags gear to see if the locals could mistake her for their new hero. You totally did it.
Just days before high school graduation, Martina’s latest viral video shows her posing in her usual Clemson jersey and number 16 headband, with a promise to announce where she will go to college this fall. She raises her arms in triumph and mimics a QB who was a high-round NFL draft pick last week … but it’s Alabamas Mac Jones! Yes, after two years in which Martina only wears orange, she rolls with the tide to Tuscaloosa!
“Clemson fans have been pretty lighthearted which I really appreciate. They know that I am able to live my own life outside of Trevor Lawrence and we mostly joke that we are rivals,” the artist said. formerly known as the Trevor Lawrence Girl. Speaking of which, does she have to get a new nickname? Because like her doppelganger, she definitely won’t get her hair cut. “Maybe Trevor will get a new nickname in the NFL that trickles down to me.”
“She looks like me.”
– Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 22, 2019
Lawrence’s hair spawned almost too many nicknames to count, but we’re going to do it anyway. GQ was certainly not the first to look at his wondrous wool and think of Fabio, the king of romance novels and reality television. But how does Fabio compare? Reached by email, he replied that he loved it, adding, “I wish Trevor all the best. I hope he’s got good conditioner and O-line, but I’m still a Seahawks fan. Go Hawks! “
Others have drawn a comparison between the god of landings and the god of thunder, and it is a very literal interpretation of a comparison made. We asked Marvel Studios for an explanation from Thor himself, but we have been informed that he is currently not on the planet with the Guardians of the Galaxy, who are filming Thor: Love and Thunder (in theaters February 2022) .
– ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) April 30, 2021
But on the same day of the NFL draft, Marvel Comics released a series of superhero-inspired covers that feature some of the probably biggest round one picks. True, there has been a lot of debates and discussions about what to do with people and how Najee Harris and Zach WilsonOnce the artists saw a photo of Lawrence, no more talking was required. “Come on, that was too easy, wasn’t it?” Marvel expert and podcaster Angelique Roche exclaimed while discussing Lawrence’s treatment as Jack Kirby’s iconic Thor # 177 cover. “Just look at his hair!”
Then there’s the perm treatment of Lawrence nicknames tagged in high school on Lawrence and reinforced once his spun gold popped out from under his helmet as he touched Howard’s Rock and ran down the hill.
“Yeah, I’ve been listening to ‘Sunshine’ pretty much my entire life,” Lawrence explained last fall, referring to the nickname, the Ronnie Bass, the California-born QB in Remember The Titans, a movie that was released the week before Lawrence’s first birthday. Bass, played by Kip Pardue, shows up for his first workout with a flowing long blonde hair and draws the wrath of the T.C. Lawrence coaching staff, much like the reaction of Lawrence coaches in Cartersville, though head coach Herman Boone makes Sunshine pull the scissors out before he can qualify as a Titan.
“Yeah, that’s not how it went,” the real Ron Bass clarifies today. First, “Sunshine” didn’t come from his hair, but from his sunburned skin. He stayed in the sunshine on the beach for a month in protest of having to move out of California. Second, Bass had a buzz cut as the son of an Air Force officer, but when he joined the Titans, they were all shaggy athletically. “Now remember, this was Washington, D.C., in 1971. There was long hair in it so I had to grow mine out to suit these guys.”
Bass continued to play college football in South Carolina, where he kept his nickname a secret in high school. It didn’t reappear until the film was released. So does it bother him that there is now a second sunshine and that he played for arch-rival Clemson ?!
“No man, he’s so good, I can’t be mad about that,” says Bass, 65, now North Myrtle Beach TV sales manager. “I coached my son in football for years and every team he has ever played against, from youth league to high school, when they had a kid with long blond hair, they called him ‘Sunshine’. There will be more to come . Trevor is just the best. “
– Brett Coughlin (@CoughlinBrett) September 28, 2019
If we read between the hairlines here, have we discovered the true source of Trevor Lawrence’s power? Not the weight room, or the pull-bys, or even all of the chick-fil-a-sandwiches he eats after wins. Think about it. It was only after the original sunshine had grown its hair out like its teammates that the Titans were so remembered. Thor and his Avengers teammates couldn’t defeat Thanos until after he rebuilt his shoulder-length buzz. And since Lawrence made his hair club pact with his high school teammates, he’s set a combined high school / college record of 86-6 with no regular season losses.
Wait, has that story turned into a Dan Brown novel? Did we follow those tiger paws painted on the streets of Clemson until we stumbled out of the game book into the good book? Strength derived from hair length?
“Samson’s strength was in the vow, not in the hair, but still nothing good happened after Samson got the cut,” said Commander Nathan Solomon, longtime US Navy chaplain and biblical scholar.
Solomon refers to the Nazarite vow, a series of devotional acts that include refusing to cut one’s hair. When Samson, also known as the world’s strongest man (before Magnus Samuelsson on ESPN2), chopped off his heels in his sleep, he became mortal.
“Yes,” the preacher says of anyone who could try to persuade T-Law to overhaul his mane. “Let it be a sign to them. Leave it alone.”
It feels a bit prophetic that Lawrence isn’t moving to New York or Chicago or any other place where a head of hair like his might face ridicule and control. But he’s in Jacksonville, just one Hail Mary’s litter below the Georgia state line. It’s the hometown of Lynyrd Skynyrd after all, and what did you write on “Gimme Three Steps”?
Hey man with the dyed yellow hair, what are you trying to prove?
“Oh, he won’t get any resistance down here for this haircut, not in Jacksonville,” says Brent Martineau, who covers the Jags for ESPN 690 AM, among others. “This was home to [Gardner] Minshew Mania with mustache and hair. And if you’ve ever been to this town we don’t lack long hair, especially when the long hair type is number 1 on the design. “