A girl gets a blow dry at a Ranchi salon on Wednesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
What’s the one word starting with ‘t’ that comes to mind when you think cricket? If it is toss, make it tresses.
Star cricket commentators, Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) and fans alike are focussed on hair-raising strategies for the India-England ODI on January 19.
With television channels such as Star Cricket, Star Sports, ESPN and DD1 beaming the ODI live, cricketing legends-turned-commentators Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Ravi Shastri and Arun Lal have to look spiffy before the cameras.
They can’t afford a bad hair day — make it bad turban day for Sidhu — almost as much as Dhoni can’t afford to let his home ground down.
Thoughtful host JSCA has roped in four hairstylists of Kaya Beauty Salon and Cosmetics, Hari Om Towers, Circular Road.
The snip-colour brigade is over the moon. “We will provide services free of charge,” gushed salon owner Dheeraj Lal. “It’s a golden opportunity for my team to attend to legendary cricketers.”
Team Kaya — Tarkeshwar Kumar, Rohit Thakur, Mahadev Thakur and Indrajit Thakur — wants its services to be pitch perfect.
“We are really feeling good. We have given our services to Dhoni twice. Now, we will style the hair and makeup of commentators during breaks,” said Tarkeshwar, with Kaya for the past eight years.
It’s not just commentators who are preoccupied with their hair. Young and young-at-heart cricket fans are also queuing up for funky haircuts and colour jobs.
Reason: they want to look good for TV cameras and friends at the stadium.
So, salons see youngsters queuing up and demanding the hottest hairstyles and highlights of the season, taking inspiration from global trends — no cricketer’s tresses are inspiring right now — and runways.
If men like spikes, funky peaked crops, tousled hair and even quiffs, the girls get flattered by layers, bangs, razor-edge, feathers, waves and what not. All like highlights in blond, blue and red or global colour.
“Everyday, we attend to some six or seven youngsters only for the ODI,” Kaya’s Tarakeshwar said. The price pinch ranges between Rs 350 and Rs 500.
Jawed Habib Hair and Beauty Salon at Panchwati Plaza Shopping Complex and Lalpur’s Lakme Beauty Salon are equally busy.
At Habib’s, hairstylist Pramod Kumar is a busy man. “Yes, getting hair-ready before a cricket match is a new trend. Young fans want different cuts and colours to put their best hair forward at the ODI,” Kumar laughed.
Puja Mehta of Lakme Beauty Salon added that girls were no less demanding. “Most want a cut, red colour and blonde highlights. Many settle for a single-tone global hair colour like red and golden brown,” she said, adding rates start from Rs 1,099.
Why do all this? Shradha Singh, a second-year student of Ranchi Women’s College, who visited Kaya on Tuesday for a few red strands, said: “It’s our way of cheering our cricket idols.”
Go, beat that or join the hairdo club.
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