The Impact of Hairstyles on High School Club Activities: Insights from the Mandom Survey

About 30% of High School Students Report Issues with Hairstyles, According to “Mandom” Survey Results

The 105th National High School Baseball Championship Memorial Tournament concluded with Keio (Kanagawa) emerging victorious for the first time in 107 years. The team’s emphasis on individual freedom in hairstyles and player-led team building took center stage. This departure from traditional norms was evidenced by athletes shaving their heads and the coach providing comprehensive instructions. Is this the summer that will accelerate the evolution of high school baseball?

Examining the results of a spring survey conducted by cosmetics manufacturer “Mandom” among high school students and counselors, we delve into the truth behind club activities and the significance of Keio’s championship win.

The Quest for Personal Expression Hinders Club Participation

This awareness survey involved 1,000 high school students (70% from sports clubs; 30% from cultural clubs) and 200 high school teachers responsible for advising students on their hairstyles. Shockingly, one in ten respondents revealed that they refrained from joining a club, quit a club, or faced consequences due to their chosen hairstyle.

Furthermore, roughly 30% of club students had encountered difficulties related to their hairstyles and hair length. Among the athletic club students surveyed, 314 instances of unreasonable treatment regarding hairstyles were reported, with 25 cases involving pressure to shave their heads. Some individuals argued that this hindered their club activities, while others believed it deterred potential members from joining for fear of losing their hair.

The Impact of Self-Expression on Motivation and Performance

When asked whether being able to express themselves through hairstyle and hair length would boost their motivation to participate in club activities and enhance their performance in competitions, respondents provided insight into the role of personal expression in shaping motivation.

Teachers, on the other hand, often struggle with finding the right balance between control and freedom. Approximately 50% of educators felt a disconnect between the current social trends of “freedom for fashion and self-expression” and the limitations imposed within school settings. Some acknowledged that hairstyles played no role in winning games, appreciating the opportunity to witness students’ emotions and individuality through loosely enforced hairstyle rules. However, the challenge lies in defining the fine line between self-expression and self-centeredness, with resistance prevailing against extreme expressions.

Following their championship victory, Keio’s head coach, Takahiko Moribayashi, expressed hope for showcasing new possibilities and diversity as a result. The team’s appearance, which challenged the conventional high school baseball aesthetic, aims to disrupt traditions and instigate change.

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About 30% of High School Students Have Problems with Their Hairstyles… Considering the Results of the “Mandom” Survey

The 105th National High School Baseball Championship Memorial Tournament ended with Keio (Kanagawa) winning for the first time in 107 years. The hairstyle is free, and team building led by the players grabs the pinnacle. It left the impression that the athletes had shaved their heads and that the coach was giving complete instructions, breaking away from the “old convention”. Has it become the summer that accelerates the changes in the world of high school baseball? Based on the results of a survey of high school students and counselors conducted this spring by the cosmetics manufacturer “Mandom”, we consider the “truth” around club activities and the “significance” of winning the Keio Championship.

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This awareness survey was conducted with 1,000 high school students (70% from the sports club, 30% from the culture club) and 200 high school teachers who are responsible for advising students’ hairstyles. As a result, 1 in 10 people answered that they stopped joining the club because of their hairstyle, left the club, or heard about their experiences.

In addition, around 30% of club students mentioned problems with hairstyles and hair length. There were 314 unreasonable episodes about hairstyles from the athletic club students, 25 of which were “I have to cut my head”. Some said it was an obstacle to the club’s activities, while others said, “It would be a waste if more people didn’t join the club because of the shaved head.”

When asked, “Do you think that being able to express yourself with your hair length and hairstyle will increase your motivation to participate in club activities and improve your performance in competitions?” and he answered. You can also gain insight into the aspect of improving motivation by dressing up and expressing yourself.

On the other hand, teachers on the restrictive side often struggle with the difficulty of control methods and degrees of freedom. Around 50% of the teachers feel that there is a gap with the current social trends in terms of “freedom for fashion and self-expression.” While comments such as, “Hairstyles were irrelevant to winning games,” and “I could see the feelings and individuality of the students while setting the hairstyle rules loosely,” “It is difficult to draw picture. line between self-expression and selfishness, and I am tolerant of anything. There is resistance to things,” he said.

Immediately after winning the championship, Keio head coach Takahiko Moribayashi said, “By winning the championship, it would be great if we could show new possibilities and diversity. Nine’s appearance, which swept Koshien with a new sense of values, threw a stone to into the “obvious buzz cut” of high school baseball.

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