A 60-year-old Army veteran who has not cut his hair in over a decade made history today as the first-ever male makeover in “Good Morning America” history.
“I look at myself, and I'm like, ‘You know, this is an old man here,” Pat Rowland told ABC News. “I need to do something to kind of match how my heart feels inside to the way I look on the outside.”
Rowland, who lives in Cumberland City, Tennessee, told ABC News he began to let his appearance go once he ended his military career.
“You always had to be clean shaven,” Rowland said of his time in the service. “Once I got out of the Army I thought, ‘You know, it's time to let it go.’ And I did.”
“I let everything go,” he said. “I stopped shaving my moustache and let it grow down and started letting my hair go.”
Rowland’s low-maintenance look led him to be mistaken for someone much older.
In order to shave off, literally, the 10 years Rowland said he couldn’t wait to lose, he entered the “GMA” time machine live on-air.
Rowland then received the full treatment from the “GMA” beauty dream team of stylist Gretta Monahan, hair stylist Ted Gibson and makeup artist Mally Roncal before he emerged a brand-new, clean-shaven man in a lean, light grey suit.
"This is unbelievable!" Rowland exclaimed upon seeing himself. He stepped back in surprise and said, "Wow, I love it! I love it. It's great. It's just unbelievable to be totally different in an hour."
The three stylists who transformed Rowland each revealed their own tips for viewers who want a new look.
Makeup Tip from Mally Roncal
Roncal says that most people make the mistake of using translucent powder to get rid of shine. Instead, she recommends using a clear, lightweight formula that will reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines and give a smooth, matte finish.
Style Tips from Gretta Monahan
1. Tailored fitted clothes are essential for a youthful look.
2. Purchase straight or slim-cut suits, jackets, bottoms or shirt- even if you have to go up a size.
3. Steer clear of pleated, cuffed, baggy or tapered pants. These are instant agers, aka grandpa pants.
4. Now men wear shapers too. They improve the look and lay of your clothing. A tank top and t-shirt are an essential first layer to insure a youthful look.
Hair Tips from Ted Gibson
1. If you’re going to have a beard, make sure that it is well groomed and well kept! Using a beard grooming product can help to make the beard nice and soft to the touch.
2. Grey hair ages everyone, even men! Putting a demi-permanent hair color can help to camouflage the grays but won’t make it look like shoe polish.
3. When men get to be of a certain age, you want to pay special attention to your eyebrows. They are a dead giveaway for showing age. Be sure to ask your barber or hairstylist to use a comb and scissor and not a clipper to trim them for a more natural look.
- Mally Roncal
- Gretta Monahan