When one shaggy hipster walked into a barbershop, some there may not have known where to start tidying him up. After all, the guy’s face and head were covered in unkempt hair that was even starting to obscure his features. One stylist proved that he was more than up to the challenge, however, and gave his client a stunning makeover that showed off the striking features hidden beneath.
That transformation would later be revealed on Reddit by a user calling themselves WalterWhiteBoy16. It was posted to the “Male Hair Advice” subreddit, with WalterWhiteBoy16 entitling their submission, “My barber is a goddamn hero.” And judging from the before-and-after pictures that they had uploaded to prove their point, that accolade wasn’t too far off the mark.
The stylist dubbed a “hero,” meanwhile, is Tyler Fleetwood, the owner of White Stag Barber Co. in Springfield, Missouri. Fleetwood has worked in the hair industry for seven years; as such, his clients are in a safe pair of hands when they sit down in his barber’s chair.
Furthermore, Fleetwood thrives on making other men feel and look good. “If you sit in my chair, you will undoubtedly have a highly trained expert providing you with an extraordinary hair experience,” he has written on the White Stag Barber Co. website. “It’s my personal mission to make you look the BEST you’ve ever looked in your life!”
On the site, Fleetwood also claims that he can help his clients “be more” simply by using his scissors. “Part of feeling confident, being motivated and staying ready to take on the world is having a look that kills,” he wrote by way of explanation. “A look that says you’re not here to mess around.”
And it seems as if it was this impassioned attitude that inspired Fleetwood to create the transformation that WalterWhiteBoy16 had been so impressed by. Indeed, when one unkempt hipster walked into Fleetwood’s shop one day, the barber took it upon himself to give the guy a look of which he could be proud.
Before the client took his place in Fleetwood’s barber’s chair, however, he may not have had a haircut in a while. At least, his thick, blond locks, which cascaded to his shoulders, gave that impression. His beard, too, appeared distinctly ungroomed.
In fact, the sheer quantity of hair on the man’s head and face made it quite difficult to make out what lay beneath. Fleetwood had quite a task on his hands, then – but with his client’s permission, he got to work defuzzing.
To start with, Fleetwood gathered up the man’s flowing locks into one long, golden ponytail, which he then mercilessly chopped off. Without all that excess hair in the way, the barber could go on to make his ambitious vision a reality.
Fleetwood then spent some time snipping and sculpting the remainder of the mane, opting for a close shave around the back and sides of his client’s head. However, making good use of the man’s thick hair, he also styled the top section into a voluminous quiff.
And the client’s beard wasn’t neglected, either; in the salon, it was neatly trimmed to just a fraction of its former length. What’s more, after the man’s unruly whiskers had been tamed, it became clearer to see that he was actually rather quite handsome.
In fact, after the man had had his makeover, he was virtually unrecognizable from the individual who had first entered Fleetwood’s establishment. Gone was the hairy hipster; in his place, however, was a gorgeously groomed gentleman. Frankly, the difference was hard to believe.
And it turned out that the man had been hiding a beautiful face beneath all that hair all along. Now that the fuzz was gone, though, it was easy to make out his chiseled cheekbones, angular jawline and flawless complexion.
What’s more, the guy’s transformation video took Instagram by storm when Fleetwood shared it with his followers in November 2016. Indeed, the post has since garnered 5,000 views and a number of gushing comments to boot.
Some Instagram users pointed out, for example, that the guy that Fleetwood had termed “wolf man” was actually a major heartthrob. “Look at that gorgeous man that was hiding under all of that hair,” wrote one. “Beautiful face.”
Another added, “From Viking to hottie! That’s awesome, love that haircut!” And the makeover went down a storm with one individual in particular, who also had a proposition for the guy in the video. “Wow,” they wrote. “Love at first sight! Do you want to marry me?!”
WalterWhiteBoy16’s post has received a lot of attention, too, with his images of the mystery man having received close to 11,000 views on Reddit. And it may have been thanks to this popularity that someone was able to put a name to the striking face.
That’s right: after she had spotted WalterWhiteBoy16’s upload on Reddit, one woman commented to say that the guy in the before-and-after photos is in fact her boyfriend and the father of her three children. Her name is Cara McConnell, and her man is called Kerry Conner.
And McConnell wasn’t the only Redditor who had the pleasure of knowing Conner in real life. “I know this guy! I’m friends with his girlfriend. We all got pretty great entertainment from this,” one user revealed. Meanwhile, another added, “Me too! So unreal to see him on here. Good thing [McConnell] has a sense of humor about some of these comments.”
And although we don’t know what Conner himself thought about his new ‘do, he appears to have liked it. That’s judging from McConnell’s Instagram, where photos there show that he’s kept his hair short since the cut in Fleetwood’s shop. What’s more, he still looks as handsome as ever.