Quarantine is a time fraught with anxiety, loneliness and fear. What better to numb the existential angst than giving yourself a snazzy new hairdo?
Across the world people are defeating the quarantine boredom by hacking away at their own, or worse – their friends’, hair.
Here is a small collection of the good, bad and the ugly of people’s new lockdown looks.
“I look like Lord Farquaad”
Laura Hedges, a 24-year-old student from Liverpool, gave herself a unique quarantine look by inadvertently taking inspiration from Shrek’s main villain.
“After happily humming and cutting away for ten minutes, I stepped back to admire my work and realised I had started to unintentionally resemble Lord Farquaad,” she said.
Things went from bad to worse as her hair dried, revealing an inch gap between her fringe and my eyebrows. Still, she maintains that she wanted a mullet all along and encouraged others to follow her lead.
She said: “My advice would be to just do it; now is the time that mistakes can be made – take that opportunity with both scissor-wielding hands.”
“I’ve gotten used to not looking in the mirror”
Harvey Norden, 17, caved into peer pressure when more and more of his friends gave each other new haircuts.
He now lives with a jagged line across the back of his head after letting his dad loose with a razor.
“I’ve gotten used to not looking in the mirror. Letting dad shave my head was a grave, grave mistake,” he said.
He suggests people do some research and get someone you trust to do it.
“My Dad thought he was going to be good at it. It’s not as easy as it looks,” he warned.
“We didn’t have gown – so we used a bin bag”
Matt Jones, a 23-year-old student, asked his girlfriend and flatmates to give him a fade – not knowing quite how badly it would go.
Instead of a gown he wore a bin-bag and begged his friends not to touch the top of his head too much.
“Halfway through, it didn’t look too bad – but then it got worse and worse,” he said.
“I definitely don’t love my quarantine cut – but its not like anyone’s going to see it,” he said.
“My Mum did a great job!”
Josef Hollywood, Executive Producer at XTRA RADIO, was initially worried about getting the chop.
Having no alternative but to get his mum in to give him a trim before a video conference, she “sheared him like a sheep” in their garden.
“Considering my mum has never cut hair, she did a great job! I can’t wait to go to my barber though,” he said.
“I love my DIY haircuts!”
Hannah Dodd, video journalist for the Daily Mirror, has given herself two quarantine haircuts.
She said although it was daunting at first, she’s had a lot of fun cutting and dyeing her own hair.
“In the end, it was really quite silly and fun. Like that feeling you got from clipping your Barbies as a kid,” she said.
She confessed she misses her hairdresser. She recommended people use proper hairdressing scissors and cut their hair gradually and be careful not to take off too much.
If you’re considering sporting a new style for your quarantine Instagram posts, make sure you heed the advice of those who’ve come before you.
And remember, nobody’s going to see it anyway. #StayHome