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Did The Longhairs survive on Shark Tank? Or did their pitch get tangled up in knots?

The founders of The Longhairs, Lindsay Barto, left, and Chris Healy, met while they were students and fraternity brothers at Fresno State.
The founders of The Longhairs, Lindsay Barto, left, and Chris Healy, met while they were students and fraternity brothers at Fresno State. Special to The Bee

Two former Fresno State students, who launched their own line of men’s haircare products, scored big on the ABC game show “Shark Tank” on Sunday night, even after a small goof.

Chris Healy and Lindsay Barto, founders of The Longhairs, succeeded in getting billionaire Mark Cuban to invest $100,000 in their company. Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, will also own 20 percent of the company.

The money will help the young San Diego-based company increase the marketing of their brand of hair ties, hair wraps, hats and other hair care products.

“We were thrilled, it was such an incredible feeling,” Barto said. “We have worked so hard on this.”

During the show, everything was going smoothly for the two former Bulldogs and fraternity brothers. They had the sharks – investors – interested in their pitch, especially after each was given a wig so they could get the feeling of having long hair.

But the stunt went sideways when Cuban began messing with the wig and it stained his hands.

What Cuban didn’t know was that Barto and Healy used a spray hair dye to color the red-haired wig into brown. They also didn’t read the instructions carefully that said they should have rinsed the wig after applying the product.

“I thought we were dead in the water at that point,” Barto said with a laugh. “But we rebounded and it all worked out.”

Cuban took the slip-up in stride and then outmaneuvered fellow shark Kevin O’ Leary with an offer The Longhairs couldn’t refuse.

Robert Rodriguez: 559-441-6327, @FresnoBeeBob

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