Splitting hairs

Snyder’s new ’do makes heads turn on and off the court
Tuesday, December 2, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 4:04 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

With another basketball season under way, some fans are talking about the players, the coaching and the chances the Missouri men’s team will make a Final Four run.

Others are talking about a subject that’s just a bit more hairy: coach Quin Snyder’s new ’do.

“He looks almost like a teenager,” MU junior Emily Angle said. “The old cut was sleek and seductive. He looked like he could take you out for a night on the town. The new look makes it seem like he’d take you to Booches for a beer, then to a frat party where he’d hit on your friend.”

Angle said she thinks the new haircut is “kinda cute,” but is disappointed that Snyder’s “trademark” look has disappeared.

Tracy Jones, hair stylist at the Marc Salon and Day Spa, said that although the new “more head-conforming” cut is more modern and trendy, it is not as distinct as the old, slicked back ’do.

“The old hair cut looked more big city, and this one looks more frat boy Missouri,” she said. “(The new one) doesn’t have as much personality. It’s good to have a little sophistication when you have Quin’s job.”

Jones said that although the new cut might not be as fitting for a man in Snyder’s position, the new look shows that he is keeping up with the times.

“I think he went from early ‘90s into the year of 2003,” she said. “It’s a sporty, generic haircut.”

Snyder has made ESPN’s “NCAA All-Hair Team” the past two years, composed of 15-20 players and coaches selected after the 65-team field is combed “to find the best coifs, ‘dos and cuts in the NCAA Tournament.”

Jones predicts that Snyder is less likely to receive the honor for a third time because the new cut is less out of the ordinary.

“The old look was a little more surly and bad boy,” she said. “The new look is more clean-cut and playful.”

MU sophomore Joel Brown said he prefers Snyder’s cut and thinks it shows “metrosexual pizzazz.” A metrosexual, according to a New York Times article that defines the term, is “a straight, urban man who’s in touch with his feminine side … and likely enjoys premium shopping, stylish fashion and good grooming.

“It’s a good look for him,” Brown said. “It adds a little bit more flavor and appeals to a broader audience.”

Angle doesn’t care for the look partly because she thinks it shows a less serious attitude. “I liked the slicked back hair because I thought it looked really professional and like he took care of himself,” she said. “Now, he looks more like just a rookie coach.”

Angle said she thinks Snyder might have decided to change his image because of the investigation involving former point guard Ricky Clemons and MU’s basketball program that is under way.

“It might have been an attempt to separate himself from all that stuff,” she said. “His old look gave him a more grim exterior. You never knew if maybe he was hiding something.”

Despite some differences of opinion about the new haircut, most seem to agree that Snyder always looks well groomed and put-together. That is, when he’s not on the court looking like “a mad professor,” Angle said.

“The way he looks portrays a certain ideal,” Brown said. “It says ‘This is MU basketball, and we’re winners.’”

No matter how Snyder wears his hair, there is no doubt that people will take notice.

“Let’s face it, he’s an attractive man,” Brown said. “And an attractive man with a good haircut, watch out.”

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