SAN ANTONIO -

Mayor Julian Castro will be sporting a new hair-raising look to support a local high school basketball team.

The Lanier High School basketball team has made it a tradition to go blond during playoff games. This will be their 12th playoff game in 16 years.

During a visit to the school several months ago, a student asked Castro if he, too, would go blond.

He agreed.

"It was a shock once I heard the mayor was going to do it and I was glad he's doing it because he's supporting us and our team," said senior varsity player Rodrigo Garcia

"It's good to see he's supporting this side of town," said senior varsity player Nicholas Garcia.

"It means a lot to the kids that are playing," said coach Rudy Bernal. "Especially when they see him, it's going to mean a lot to them."

Castro was in meetings all day Tuesday and couldn't respond to requests for a comment so it's not clear if he'll actually dye his hair, use temporary color or a wig.

Expert stylist Tina Ruiz, owner of House of Styles, said dyeing hair from dark brown to blond is a tricky, time-consuming process. However, she thinks it could work well for the mayor, if done right. 

"It would definitely work, yes. It would and he would look good too," said Ruiz. "I can picture it and I know he could pull it off."

Castro will have until Tuesday to come through on his promise.  That's when the Lanier basketball team has their playoff game.  They'll be playing either Alamo Heights or Clemens High School. 

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Published On: Feb 11 2014 02:30:50 PM CST

Mayor Julian Castro will be sporting a new hair-raising look to support a local high school basketball team.

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