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Castaway Gets a Haircut

Jose Salvador Alvarenga
Jose Salvador Alvarenga, the Mexican fisherman who claims he spent more than a year adrift in the Pacific, was transformed from a ragged castaway to a clean-shaven respectable citizen of the world when he finally got a haircut in the Marshall Islands on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Courtesy Damien Jacklick

Jose Salvador Alvarenga, the fisherman who claims he spent more than a year adrift in the Pacific, finally got a haircut Tuesday, transforming him from a ragged castaway with an unruly mane and bushy beard to a clean-shaven and respectable citizen of the world.

The state of his hair appeared to be one of Alvarenga's main concerns when contacted by NBC News earlier this week.

"When do I get a haircut? I need a haircut," he asked.

Image: Jose Salvador Alvarenga
Jose Ricardo Orellana, who said he was Alvarenga's father, showed this undated family photo of his son to reporters in El Salvador on Tuesday. JOSE CABEZAS / AFP - Getty Images