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Hair Trends among the Astros

As workplaces relax their strict regulations regarding hair color, crazier and crazier colors and styles have been coming into mainstream media. Some people get “unicorn” hair that shimmers in a rainbow of colors, and others use a razor to etch zigzags and other designs onto the sides of their heads. Some still choose to rock “vintage” styles like mohawks. And these trends are not just being embraced by women, but men as well. The Houston Astros, darling to the entire city of Houston, even have their own barber to cater to the players’ style preferences.

According to Express News, unique hairstyles are a point of pride for even the Houston Astros. Lance McCullers, the number 2 starting pitcher, follows a strict ritual to pump himself up for the game. One of these is that he must always get a fresh haircut before a game that he starts. During the game, the player’s sweaty locks are all covered by caps, but this does not deter McCullers. Knowing that he looks his best helps him play his best. According to descriptions in the article, his swooping, asymmetrical hairstyle seems to be inspired by a cockatoo, with the softness of a horsetail. McCullers has had many hairstyles over the years, including a moppy look with side swept bangs back in 2010 that resembled Justin Bieber’s signature style. After entering his professional baseball career, he had a “fauxhawk” that lasted two years, and in 2014 he discovered the undercut, a trend that has taken the hairstyling world by storm. The Astros now have an unofficial team barber, Danny Quiles, who is entrusted with McCullers’s famous hair. He has been a stylist in Katy since 2013, and word spread quickly about his talents.

Houston and the surrounding suburbs are home to over six million people, with many different cultures and just as many ways to express yourself through hair styles. Even when no one can see the new doo you rock, it still brings loads of confidence to help you be a superstar at work or school. A day at the salon or barber can be a ritual in it’s own right. Many salons, like Therapy Hair Studio in Houston, advertise a relaxing spa-like experience in addition to the perfect new hair cut. Creating a bond of trust with your barber or stylist can even turn them into a de-facto therapist.

The increasing popularity of new hair styles indicated a rise in individualism that for decades has been so characteristic of the United States. With the rise of the internet, now everyone can share their unique style instead of just relying on celebrities for the latest trends. It is generally accepted that finding a way to express yourself is excellent for the maintenance of your mental well being, and getting a unique cut can also help with self esteem issues. It’s no wonder that even athletes are turning to this form of expression in order to up their game.

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