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Celtic styling with Dorchester assist

March 8, 2017 GMT

Celtics swingman Gerald Green has taken team pride to new heights.

The 6-foot-8-inch sharpshooter had his hair braided as a shamrock. It’s a new twist in the NBA game of cool hair.

Fellow guard Marcus Smart is big on dyeing, while small forward Jae Crowder is famous for his dreadlocks.

Head-turning hair is a slam dunk when you’re trying to make a splash, said hairstylist Joselyne Ortega, better known as “Jawz.”

Ortega’s hairstyling business, “ByJawz” out of Richard’s Barbershop in Dorchester, has gone pro.

After seeing some of Ortega’s work on Instagram, Green approached her looking for a Celtics-themed braided hairstyle before the team’s season opener.

“I just remember for his first game, he was like, ‘So I’m thinking we could do something Celtics, you know, for home spirit and all that,’?” Ortega told the Herald. “We were sitting in his house and he was like, ‘I think I want to get the clover done.’?”

Ortega had practiced braiding a shamrock design on a mannequin, but had never actually done it on a client. She attempted it anyway and Green’s hairstyle ended up going viral.

“As an NBA athlete, or anybody who’s in the spotlight all the time, they’re expected to have the latest trends or create a trend or a new buzz,” Ortega said.

“I think, especially for Gerald from what I’ve gotten to know of him, he’s all about fashion,” she said. “He’s all about his style. He’s all about his confidence, and I think that it’s all a full package from how he dresses, to his hair, to his full demeanor.”

But “locks,” short for dreadlocks, are really in now for pro athletes.

“Locks are definitely coming in real hard and I think hair dyeing is in. It’s because of the flashiness,” Ortega said.

“They’re on the team, they’re all about lifestyle and I think sports enhances a lot of confidence. It’s all about confidence and being in that moment, and hair plays a huge, huge role in it.”