Super Bowl hair: He could - grow - all - the - way

By Paul Newberry

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Matthews is short on details when asked about Green Bay's plans to stop Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' rugged offense. There is no such hesitancy when asked what is more important: shampoo or conditioner?

"You need shampoo, obviously, to keep it clean. You can't have it greasy and nasty out there on game day, especially when you're putting the helmet on," Matthews said. "But the conditioner really seals the deal. If you can use a little conditioner, help lock in the moisture, keep the fly boys down, that's really going to help you out."

He's not much for blow dryers.

"That can damage your hair," Matthews said, somehow managing to keep a straight face. "I'm more of a wash-and-go guy. Get it cleaned up, pull it back and walk out the door with it."

Keep an eye on Matthews right before kickoff, when he drenches his hair and slings it back one last time, the water flying in all directions before he slides into his helmet.

What's that about?

"I wake myself up for the game," he said. "That's something I've been doing since college. Even in 15-degree weather, you'll still see me do it. My hair may turn into icicles, but it wakes me up and gets me ready."

C'mon, is that the only reason he does the Fabio impression?

Matthews knows when he's busted.

"That," he added, "is for the ladies at home."

Well, keep it up, big guy.

It's working.

"Clay, he knows how to work his hair," said supermodel Marisa Miller, flicking back her own luxurious locks. "You see him with his water bottle, squirting his hair and he does the slow-motion thing. So you have be able to work it."

Johnson, the hair stylist, is actually encouraged by all these super 'dos, even if he'd like to do a little snipping here, a little clipping there.

"Guys are not supposed to have long hair," he said. "That's absurd. If you've got good hair, you've got good hair. What I love is they're sort of breaking the taboo of a (tough) man having long hair. It's also showing people, yeah, you can make a little cash while exploring how to take care of your hair better, to make it look like you want it to look. It doesn't make you a sissy to have good grooming habits."

Then there's Brett Swain, a backup wide receiver for the Packers. Grooming would appear to be the last thing on his mind, with his scruffy beard and straggly hair — an untidy version of the mullet that makes him look as though he just stepped out of the movie "Wayne's World."

"Grow the hair long, grow the beard long, and let's go to work," Swain said. "Let's get nasty. Let's get down to some football."

There are practical benefits as well.

"Have you ever been to Green Bay?" Swain said. "Well, you know we have negative-degree weather. It's tough to deal with that. If you grow your hair a little bit longer, it helps warm you up a bit."

Rock on, Brett. But remember this: For all the discussion about hair in the lead-up to Sunday's game, none of it will matter when the teams step on the field.

A ring on the finger is the best look of all.

"I don't care what Clay Matthews does with his hair," Kramer said, "as long as he continues playing football the way he's playing football."

AP Video Journalist Rich Matthews contributed to this report.

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