Apr 10th, 2020, 06:50 PM

Lockdown Hair Crisis

By Liberty Inocencio
A salon's sign. Image credit: Liberty Inocencio
If you were to ever have a mullet, now is an acceptable time.

Since France’s lockdown began nearly one month ago, people are strictly encouraged to remain at home, and all non-essential storefronts have been closed, including hair salons. This affects everyone, especially those with distinctly styled or short haircuts. Currently, I am quarantined with three roommates who are also AUP students, and they all have short, distinctly styled haircuts. I have increasingly heard the complaints loud and clear, and observed the frustration of dealing with annoying hair growth over the past month. Such a situation likely results in unappealing and annoying hair growth, but is our only option to come to terms with our hair as we have with the mandated quarantine?

Although cooperation with health and government officials' lockdown regulations is required, cooperation with how your hair decides to grow is not. 

There are a few options for people experiencing unfortunate hair scenhairios... Option one is to submit to your natural hair growth and excitedly wait until hair salon access is granted, as my other roommate Joejoe, an AUP student, did, stating that “At least I’m not growing a mullet because the hair on the front of my head is longer than the back.” She has come to terms with the situation and recognizes that the appearance could be much worse than it already is. My other roommate, Jensen, is also submitting to the nature of her hair now, although she clearly expresses her frustrations, stating that “I got a bad haircut before the lockdown and now I can’t get it fixed because none of the hair salons are open. I also can’t even get the specific shampoo and hair product I always use because the lines at the pharmacy are too long.”

Option two is a DIY haircut or to have fun with your new hair length and dye it a color. Now might be the time to creatively experiment, but this will likely require the most effort, usually a couple of mirrors, a video tutorial, and trial and error.

The third option is to kindly request a roommate or family member to perform as a hairstylist. Have trust and patience in the person you ask (you want them to do a good job), but know they are no professional, so the results could be unfavorable. In fact, one of my roommates, Laurent, requested I cut his hair, stating “My hair got so bad that I had to beg my roommate to cut it. She did a great job.” Without a video tutorial or any prior experience, I accepted to give his hair a slight but effective trim, and luckily, the results were affirmative. 

Image credit: Liberty Inocencio 

This hair crisis is a global phenomenon, for which experiences and solutions can be found all over the internet in articles and posts. For example, on Instagram, The Mullets of Edinburgh Uni is a page designated exclusively to mullet styled or unwillingly grown out haircuts. Although in existence before the Coronavirus pandemic, the account is now able to spark global commonality and cater to the hair struggles of people everywhere. 

Image credit: Mulletsofedi Instagram Page

Our hair should be the least of our concern during this serious time, but that doesn’t delegitimize the frustration it might cause. People have the option to patiently wait for the anticipated reopening of salons, take this time to explore new styles and colors, or even share their struggles on social media. For helpful advice, Refinery 21 offers some tips on how to cut various types and styles of hair at home, from curly hair to pixie cuts.