Hairstylists usually tell you to get a trim every six weeks. Now that the UK is on its ninth week of lockdown, some people are getting desperate.
One of the more light-hearted side-effects of the lockdown has been the dishevelled state of everyone’s hair. Hairdressers, salons and barbers were forced to close up shop temporarily due to the pandemic, and many people who were putting off a trim before lockdown are now finding themselves in an unfortunate, slightly scruffy situation.
The question of how to deal with your ‘do’ is at the forefront of many people’s minds, and as a result hundreds of partners, parents and their children have given in to the dreaded lockdown haircut.
Dennis Relojo-Howell, 37, from east London has had his hair cut by his husband Graham, 47, twice during lockdown. The couple have been married for seven years, and despite not being nervous for the cut, Dennis wasn’t too thrilled with his husband’s handy work.
“I’m not happy with the results but it’ll do for now,” says Dennis. “I’ll have a more fashionable haircut in a few months’ time.”
The lockdown haircut has been a source of amusement all over the globe. LA-based digital content creator and influencer Malvika Sheth, 21, had her haircut by her mother for a Youtube video.
She admitted to being very nervous beforehand, as she is very particular when it comes to anything beauty-related. With more than 66,000 followers on Instagram she found it hard to trust someone who had never cut women’s hair before.
“She’d cut my dad’s hair a few days before,” says Malvika. “It was quite a mess so I was extremely sceptical.”
She let her mother take the reins and do a simple cut, forgoing her usual layered look for just a trim.
“I think it turned out pretty successful!”
Even celebrities aren’t escaping, as actor and comedian Jack Whitehall revealed he let his girlfriend Roxy Horner give him a trim and ended up with “a proper bald patch.”
“I think I had a mullet for some time as well,” Whitehall told The Chris Moyles Show on Radio X. “I secretly Facetimed my actual hairdresser. I was like, ‘What’s she done to me?!”
Not everyone is going crazy with the scissors, though, and many people are looking forward to lockdown ending so they can get a professional cut. The Telegraph reported that thousands of people are on the waiting lists for British hairdressers, with salons planning their social distancing measures and many aiming to open seven days a week to keep up with demand once the government gives the all clear.
Yet if you really can’t wait for a professional there is some help out there, and one of the many businesses that has sprung up out of the current situation is Lockdown Haircut, the UK’s first virtual barber. Launched on April 20, founders Dan Silvertown, 27, and Jeroen Sibia, 31, both from London offer 20-minute video appointments with a qualified barber to talk you through your trim.
Our friends were only really doing 3 things during the lockdown: buying toilet paper, talking about a tiger king or sharing snaps of DIY home haircut disasters. Jeroen Sibia and Dan Silvertown realised that there had to be a better way, so we built https://t.co/MuqAMRG0OA. pic.twitter.com/a0OPpNfkUO
— LockdownHaircut (@LockdownHaircut) April 20, 2020
“We wanted to save the world from DIY haircut disasters,” says Jeroen. “By no means will this replace going to an actual local barber, but for now it’s the next best thing.”
The service has been extremely successful and since its launch has been completely booked up nearly every day. Appointments cost £15 and a portion of the proceeds gets donated to the NHS with razor blade subscription company Cornerstone matching donations pound for pound.
Despite seeing other people’s results, both good and bad, CBJ Magazine writer Polly Harrison decided if everyone else is doing it, she may as well give it a go too. As she was one of the lucky few who had an (unknowingly) well timed trim just before lockdown was announced, she chose another victim – her boyfriend Thomas, 26, who was in dire need of a haircut. “I’ve watched some videos on how to cut hair,” she says. “How hard can it be?”
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