Chip Gaines is a cut above.
The “Fixer Upper” star and co-founder of Magnolia Network has once again clipped his coppery mane for charity. Gaines has raised more than $315,000 and counting for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, according to the event’s pledge page. Donations to the campaign can be made through the weekend.
“I can’t believe it. I’m gonna go bald,” Gaines says Friday, walking into Monument Barber Co., in Waco, Texas, where he runs his businesses and films his renovation show.
Gaines, 46, was joined by Bailey, a former St. Jude patient Gaines met in 2017, who triumphed over osteosarcoma. “Seeing this healthy young man reminded me why we were drawn to St. Jude in the first place, and why I wanted to do another fundraising challenge with him by my side,” Gaines says via email.
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His “Fixer Upper” co-star, Magnolia partner and wife Joanna also joined in on the fun of his haircut. “Chip, you’ve got great hair,” Joanna compliments her husband.
“You’ve always said it looks disgusting,” he jokes.
“I’ve never seen it this clean,” she responds.
For the cut, Gaines’ long strands were gathered into pigtails, and Joanna made the first snip. Before her husband’s first glance at his bald head in the mirror, Joanna borrowed a line from their popular show: “OK, Chip, are you ready to see your fixer upper?”
“What?” he says, laying eyes on his new ‘do. “That is a bald head!”
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Gaines says amid the pandemic he let his hair grow … and grow.
“The longer it got, the more opinions started pouring in – people begging me to cut it – so after a certain point, I thought, ‘Why not have some fun with this and see if we can do some good?'” he says. “And from there, the team and I got to work.”
Gaines announced Monday on Instagram that he would be trimming his shoulder-length hair, while taking a playful jab at his haters. “WOW.. turns out some of y’all really don’t like my hair!” he wrote. “But I can take it because I’ve been growing it out for a good reason. So now’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is.” The more money raised for St. Jude, the shorter Gaines’ cut. His locks are going to the organization Children with Hair Loss, which makes wigs for cancer-stricken kids.
Gaines’ first charitable cut, in 2017, raised $230,000 for St. Jude. He and his “Fixer Upper” co-star, Magnolia partner and wife Joanna have helped raise funds and renovate the hospital’s Target House, where families of patients stay, over the last few years. Gaines says when he and Joanna visit the Memphis hospital they “leave feeling completely changed” and inspired by the children’s “strength, perseverance, and courage.”
“What’s so impressive about St. Jude is that families never receive a single bill for treatment, travel, housing, or food,” he says. “And when that reality set in for Jo and me, it really left a mark on our hearts, and we knew that we wanted to do anything we could to help St. Jude continue to serve these families.”
After his 2017 cut, kids surrounded Gaines and placed their hands on his freshly buzzed head.
“I could never forget that moment,” he says. “It was – hands down – one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I still get goosebumps whenever I look at that picture. It was an honor I know I’ll remember forever.”
And it’s that good feeling of giving back that will remedy any longing for his longer locks.
“I’m probably the only one in the family who’s going to miss (my hair)!” he says. “But it can always grow back. Shave my head to help raise money for these kids? I’ll take that deal any day of the week.”
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Chip Gaines is a cut above.