Soccer and the hair cut

Hair style is such an important part of life for a lot of people around the world that even World Soccer Cup stars are rated these days according to the way their cut, curl, color and part their hair.

Beckham’s hair styling for example is apparently very popular with the soccer fans in India. There is much talk about Beckham’s hairdo in the Indian press. Chalk up one for the contribution of both the soccer and cosmetics to the globalization process.

In Germany, soccer fans are reportedly taken in by the way Michael Ballack coifs his top.

The Brazilian sensation Ronaldinho is another soccer super-star who rules the hearts and minds of his millions of fans with his long mane.

Hair also becomes an explosive expression of fan loyalties when it is dyed in the most impossible colors one one’s team colors. Wherever Brazil plays, for example, the stadium seats undulate like a sea of yellow-green tresses.

Another way hair is marched into the service of soccer is the infinite variety of ways in which British soccer fans have long been shaving their heads, to leave behind only those skillfully sculpted wisps of hair that spell the name of the best team every to set a foot on the greens.

Beware of the smell and texture of grooming products, as well. Let your child choose which ones are tolerable, and ask the barber or hairdresser if you can have an appointment when strong chemicals aren’t being used on another client.

And with younger children, avoid using the term “haircut”-the idea of cutting may be distressing to them. Say, “We need to get your hair trimmed and styled” or some such instead.

Be gentle with your child after a haircut. Offer praise and even a reward for getting through what for him may have been an extremely unpleasant experience. Allow him to wear a hat, perhaps a tight, knit one, if it helps him deal with the sensation of less hair on his head.

Of course, many children have difficulty with haircuts. But kids with sensory issues, or full-fledged sensory processing disorder, have an exceptionally difficult time. You might want to consider a simple, low-maintenance hairstyle for your child in order to limit the need to have her hair touched or manipulated often.

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