EXCLUSIVE: Troy Polamalu On Hair, Heroes and Being the New Spokesperson for Head & Shoulders

09/08/2009 at 09:27 AM ET

Courtesy of Head & Shoulders

Lindsay Lohan and Taylor Swift aren’t the only celebs known for rocking cascading ringlets — Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is as famous as any Hollywood starlet for his head of curly hair. And he’s putting his hair care knowledge to good use with a new role as the spokesperson for Head & Shoulders and their campaign to raise awareness for Operation Once in a Life Time, which helps soldiers in need. When it came to fronting a hair care campaign, the choice was easy for the NFL star, he tells PEOPLE. “Being of Samoan decent, in my culture hair is a sign of power and strength so I keep mine long and curly,” he explains. “But with my rigorous training and having to wear my helmet all the time, I usually experience dryness and scalp itch.” His solution? “Believe it or not, my favorite product is Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky, because it helps to control my frizz.” But beyond endorsing the product itself, Troy enjoys the philanthropic aspect of his new role, telling PEOPLE, “Many people think I’m a hero, but I think the true heroes are the men and women of the armed forces who risk their lives every day. To thank them, Head & Shoulders and I are partnering with Operation Once In a Lifetime, an organization dedicated to helping all service men and women, to grant the wishes of seven soldiers and donate thousands of dollars worth of Head & Shoulders product. I’m excited to give back — but the opportunity is there for everyone to help.” So just how can fans help? “At my Web site, Troytacklesmore.com, anyone can donate one dollar on behalf of myself and Head & Shoulders to fulfill the dreams of the seven soldiers.”

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Niko on

The more I read about him, the more of a hero he becomes to me. Troy Polamalu is a true role model.

Kat on

I think this MAN is above and beyond a true inspirtation. I say MAN because it takes just that to step up and to do a selfless generous thing for our troops. I am a Native American, Rosebud Sioux Lakota, and I am very encouraged to be open and proud of my ethnicity. We have the same beliefs about our hair. I am in awe at the accomplishments of this man and wish him the best of luck! and Steelers rock!!!!!

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Barb on

His hair is beautiful but for a guy????

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anna on

Right, his hair is as beautiful as women’s.

sandi on

Troy wears it well.( the hair) As for his act of kindness, that’so what he’s about. You should read his bio. Many of the steelers get out there and support good causes,they truely rock! Lucky Theodora :)

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koolaidmom on

I am a die hard Steeler Fan I grew up around Pittsburgh and one of my Favs is Troy he is a great role model and more ….

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