Quarantine may reduce your risk of contracting the coronavirus, but those hours locked in the house increase your risk of catching the impulse to snip, bleach or buzz.
We are nearing a month in isolation and whether you are kicking quarantine’s behind with a daily morning workout or talking to your reflection with a razor in-hand, Britney circa 2007 style, the impulse to try something new has probably seized you. But what is it about quarantine that makes us turn those crafting scissors on our own hair?
“For me, it was purely a boredom thing,” senior Sienna Rettig said. “It was something fun to do, and the idea that no one would see it was actually a positive thing.”
A frequent “dyer,” Rettig isn’t afraid of change. However, her normal shades of brown and blonde were replaced by a shade of pink she described as “obnoxiously pink.” She ordinarily would’ve regretted the decision, Rettig said, but with no where to go, no one to see and not a responsibility in sight, there was no room for regret.
Sophomore Lina Maurice decided to cut bangs. She said that although it wasn’t premeditated, she does change her hair often and this felt like the obvious next step. She lives to tell that the results were actually positive.
“I didn’t have the opportunity to get it done in a salon because of quarantine, so, I took some scissors and got after it,” Maurice said. “I feel like I look more mature which will maybe be helpful when older relatives still ask me how high school is going.”
A trim and a dye job are not the only ways Gonzaga students are changing it up. Some still opting for a look change have taken the lazier approach of letting it grow.
“I have never gone more than a week without shaving my face, mostly because it’s still patchy and needs to fill in,” sophomore Ben Harper said.
Though a beard is still out of the picture, Harper has decided to take advantage of the time inside and try to grow a mustache.
“So far, I don’t think it’s the best look, but I’ve never tried any facial hair of any sort before and I figured a mustache would be kind of funny,” he said. “My mom is not a fan of it at all.”
That being said, Harper said the mustache will definitely be shaved by the end of quarantine, but he would consider re-growing it for his return to campus in the fall. Harper also gave himself a haircut for the first time and was not unhappy with the results.
“It went surprisingly well,” he said. “It looked like a somewhat mediocre Great Clips haircut.”
He does still think people will be rushing back to the salons and barbers once they reopen regardless of how satisfied they were with their do-it-yourself look, and that the impulse decisions will only increase as time inside goes on.
“I feel like in the coming weeks more people will be making rash decisions as their roots start to show or they think bangs are the move,” Harper said. “The nice thing about being a guy with short hair is if I mess up, in two to three weeks [my hair] is long enough for another haircut.”
Although her bangs may take a bit longer to grow out, Maurice is taking a similar approach.
“Hair, in most cases, grows back, so I don’t think people should worry if their haircut when wrong. If someone regrets their decision then it makes a fun story later,” she said. “It seems fitting to have chaotic hair when the world is in crisis.”