NFL's Patrick Mahomes and Troy Polamalu Talk Hair During Self-Isolation: 'It Got a Little Rough'

by 24USATVSept. 14, 2020, 6 p.m. 15
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Patrick Mahomes and Troy Polamalu are showing off their hair and celebrating their many milestones in Head & Shoulders' new Take It Up to 100 campaign

Mahomes, 24, has inspired thousands of fans to adopt his curly mohawk hairstyle, while Polamalu's long wavy locks are the envy of anyone just hoping to grow their hair past their shoulders. That's why they were the perfect pair to star in Head & Shoulders' new Take It Up to 100 campaign — and they couldn't have had more fun doing it.

"Troy is an awesome guy. He's very supportive of me ever since I've met him last year," Mahomes tells PEOPLE of 39-year-old Polamalu. "I remember he texted me before the Super Bowl and wished me luck. He texted me after the win, congratulated me — just a great guy."

"He's a tremendous person. It's really great just to know him really as a person, and I've been a little bit remote from the game, so I haven't really been really close in contact with who's been really great and who's successful," Polamalu tells PEOPLE.

"I think when you run into somebody like Patrick who has all the success that any NFL player could have, you probably wouldn't even know that he was an NFL quarterback he's so down to earth and humble," he adds. "It's great to work with him."

"I think maybe even to be recognized in the first place was a really humbling process," he says of his selection. "Just to be considered one of the elected, and then semi-finals, then finalists. It was all a really surprising journey for me."

"It's been really a very humbling thing for me to experience given the fact that there are amazing patriarchs of our game, like Jim Brown," Polamalu continues. "A lot of great people in our game that have such impact, not only on the game of football but really on our culture in times like today."

Though people around the country have taken the opportunity to experiment with their hair while working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, Mahomes and Polamalu say they haven't strayed from their go-to looks — or even tried sporting facial hair, for that matter.

"I don't grow a lot of facial hair in the first place," Mahomes says while laughing. "I always joke around. I tell people what I got has taken 24 years of building! But as far as the hair's going, it got a little rough for a while there. I was able to sneak some haircuts here recently. Obviously, still trying to be as safe as possible with the COVID situation, wearing a mask and doing things like that, but I've been able to clean up a little bit and do everything like that, but I usually keep it where it's at and try to stay fresh with it."

"I think if you give me like 13 or 14 more years, I can maybe get somewhat near a beard. I don't know," he adds. "If not, I'm going to have to take this goatee thing what I've got going."

Adds Polamalu: "I'm much different than any other hair model or representative or whatever you want to call it because I just let it go naturally and I did use the product. To me, it's nothing more than just taking care of my hair normally. I'd never get my hair cut or trimmed or anything like that. I can't say that things have really changed too much during COVID other than me being a homeschool teacher to my kids and to myself."

"I would, 100 percent," he says. "We have guys that have all different types of hairstyles, but I think when you think of the hairstyle of the Chiefs, you got to think of the mohawk, the curls, the headband, the whole fit, and I think I definitely have that going in my direction."

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