Captain Dhoni lets his hair down, youth in Ranchi pick it up

B Vijay Murty/ Saurav Roy

RANCHI, Sept. 25 -- Barely a day after he sported a new hairdo, youngsters in Ranchi, the Indian cricket captain's hometown, have started becoming Mahendra Singh Dhoni lookalikes.

Salons and men's beauty parlour on Monday received enquiries, and clients even demanded the new Dhoni hairstyle.

HT spoke to a couple of beauty salons and found that till afternoon on Monday, at least 20 youngsters and cricketcrazy enthusiasts visited them to sacrifice their hair on either side of their head to emulate the Dhoni hairstyle, which is popularly known as the Mohawk cut, made popular by English footballer David Beckham. This is not the first time that Dhoni has popularised a new hairstyle. His long locks in the initial days of his cricketing career were quite a hit among his young fans.

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf once liked Dhoni's long locks and advised him to keep the hairdo as it suited his personality.

"Dhoni's new haircut is not new. It is there in our catalogue since the Fifa World Cup of 2012 though there were hardly any takers," said Samshad Ali, owner of Unique Beauty Parlour for men, located in a busy business area of Ranchi.

Shrishti Jha, manager of the city's premier Kaya Beauty Salon, said hairstylists on Monday served no fewer than 10 young boys and men opting for the new Dhoni hairdo.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.