Making it on to the SDLP ticket to contest the upcoming local elections is not the only cut made by super council hopeful Dermott Henderson, who’s sporting a dapper new look for 2014.
The 21 year-old candidate, who was instantly recognisable by his long locks, has finally “bowed to pressure” from family and friends to say goodbye to his big hair.
The new look will now ensure the Queens University Belfast student can focus on brushing of a different kind as he brushes up running a political campaign in his bid to represent the Moor district on the new Derry and Strabane super council.
The 21 year-old final year student of history and the Irish language told the ‘Journal’: “I finally had it cut last Saturday. I’ve had long hair for the last seven years and thought now was as good a time as any for a change.”
It wasn’t simply a case of ‘shear’ determination to win a seat in the upcoming council elections which led the young candidate to shed his beloved locks. Others had an influence on his decision, although most stopped short of giving him the hair-dryer treatment.
“My brother Brendan was the biggest influence. It’s fair to say he wasn’t a fan of the hair. For years he has been constantly telling me to get it cut in no uncertain terms.”
He added: “It’s shockingly short for me, but at least I do still have a long sloppy bit at the front. It’s now a slightly more modern Creggan haircut.
The local election hopeful has heard no cutting remarks about his new ‘do’ so far as he comes to term with his short and curly look.
“I didn’t tell anyone I was getting a haircut, I just put it up on Facebook afterwards and within a very short period of time the picture had more than 200 likes – so it seems people think it was a good move.”
Dermott Henderson has been selected by the SDLP to stand as a candidate in the first ever Derry and Strabane District Council election in May.