According to an industry study conducted by Provident Music Group (PMG),
Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is dominated by what many are calling
"The Third Day 'Do" - a haircut popularized by Meg Ryan
circa 1999, and championed by Christian rocker Mac Powell. The style is
viewed by many in the industry as a sign of commercial viability.
"This particular haircut really is an indication of where a band
is career-wise," said PMG spokesperson Gretchen Krause, speaking
from the pit at Spirit West Coast - a three day CCM festival held annually
in California. "Let's face it, Third Day's rise to pop-Christian
superstardom has coincided with the growth and styling of Powell's
hair. Then of course, you've got Switchfoot. Those guys were really
feeling led by the Lord to get the cut. Well they prayed, stepped out
in faith, went to Supercuts, and the rest is history. The success of "Meant
to Live" is meant to be a confirmation of all that the Lord is doing
in their lives, and with their hair."
of Switchfoot sporting the MacPo
While most Christian musicians are enjoying their newfound follicles
and fame, the hair stylists who produce these cuts have grown weary. At
Fantastic Sam's in Nashville, Rex Hoyle has had enough. "If
I see one more waify white guy walk in here with a tight pair of faded
boot cut jeans, I swear I'll quit. I'm tired of all the 'can
I have the MacPo?' this, and 'Wire me' that. I see that
style in my dreams honey, and frankly, it's just sissy looking."
Longtime Jars of Clay lead singer and 'Mac' wearer Dan Haseltine
shared his thoughts, "For me, it's about being both masculine
and sensitive. This hairdo says, 'I'm secure in who I am,
and I promise to be tender as I sing to you.' It's really
spiritual." Krause agrees. "The MacPo communicates an air
of spirituality in an artist that typically is lacking in those who don
the Seacrest or the Clooney." The survey was conducted over three
days in May, with a sample group of 1,319 Christian musicians. The margin
of error was 0%.