Hair we go... Everton star Marouane Fellaini's afro has gone!
EVERTON midfielder Marouane Fellaini has disappointed his wig-wearing followers after swapping his giant afro for braids.
The big-haired star enjoyed a cult following, with hundreds of fans sporting Fellaini-style wigs at matches - but they were surprised to see the Belgian run out with a new hair do for the Blues' 3-1 win over Stoke City at the weekend.
Market stalls in the city centre and around Goodison saw sales of wigs increase since his goal against Middlesbrough helped Everton reach the FA Cup semi-final, but they are not panicking over his change of hair just yet.
One stall owner said: "We are just going to wait for him to put it back the way it was.
"They have sold well over the last few weeks and I think the kids will still want them."
A spokesman for Smithy's fancy dress shop, in Bold Street, said: "It was very naughty of him to change his hair before the end of the season.
"We had a lot of Everton fans coming in buying curly wigs, but we do sell braided wigs if anyone wants one now."
In January, Evertonian Steve Owen promised to grow his hair like Fellaini in aid of the ECHO's official charity Liverpool Unites.
The 36-year-old has raised more than ÃÂ£700 so far, but does not plan on following the Belgian's change in style.
The dad-of-two, of Bebington, promised to dye his hair purple, the colour of Liverpool Unites, and then shave it off on April 14.
That date could now change because Everton play Manchester United in the FA Cup semi-final on April 19.
He said: "I could not get to the game on Saturday, but when I saw the pictures I laughed.
"I've already had a few texts asking me when I'm getting the cornrows put in, but I've no plans to do that."
Reaction from other fans to the ÃÂ£15m midfielder's new barnet was mixed.
Numerous groups on the social networking website Facebook are dedicated to the Everton player, including "I wish I had hair like Marouane Fellaini" and "Let's all grow Marouane Fellaini hair".
Over the weekend, groups such as "Bring back the afro Fellaini lad" and "Petition to make Marouane Fellaini bring back his fro" were proving more popular.
Comments included "not happy with that new do... at least it's just braids and not a proper cut - the sooner the fro is back the better" and "what am I supposed to do with my Fellaini wig now?"
Last week, schoolboy Lucas Sherratt, from Cheshire, raised over ÃÂ£2,000 for Comic Relief from celebrity backers, including presenter Tim Lovejoy.
He went into school wearing his Everton kit and Fellaini wig instead on Red Nose Day.