Three days into lockdown, I cut my own bangs. That's right - I chopped off my own hair for no apparent reason. But I do know that I got so bored, I had to do something impulsive. I have always done that - I change up my hair every time I am going through some kind of stress or crisis.
But now, almost every other person on the internet is cutting their hair - not just bangs - they are shaving their head, colouring their hair, and even going bald! Let's talk to some people who have cut their hair during the lockdown to see why they did it!
Why Did You Cut Your Hair During Lockdown?
"I shaved off my entire head on day 8 of the lockdown because honestly, I was bored and I really needed some change. I was literally feeling like a vegetable and I saw this video on Instagram of a girl shaving off all her hair and that's when I was like - 'you know what? I'm going to do it.' And so I did it. It feels great and somehow it's allowed me to feel better about the lockdown!" Aarya, 19, Student.
"I binged watch hair cutting videos for a week and then I decided that's it, I'm doing it. It was a pixie cut and I look very cute now. I did it just for fun, to be honest -there wasn't anything to do during the lockdown - cutting my hair seemed like a fun way to kill time so I did it. My mom was kind of annoyed at first - but she is okay now. She even asked me to trim her hair because she liked the way I cut my hair without any rough edges." Neha, 23, Student.
"I cut my hair day before yesterday after seeing my friend cut hers. She cut her own wispy bangs after watching a youtube video and I wanted to do it too. I asked her to send me the video and I got to work. I messed up a little because the bangs are uneven and kind of shabby - but I don't really care. It was so powerful to cut my own hair and it was something exciting when I didn't really have anything else to do." Asmita, 16, Student.
Is There A Real Reason Why We Cut Our Own Hair During A Crisis?
“An external change can be a simple and easy way to signify a transition that is internally more complex and harder to articulate otherwise,” therapist Nikki Nachum told Allure. “A new haircut becomes almost like an announcement to both yourself and the outer world that something is changing in your life.”
We tend to want our physical selves to show that we are going through a change - it's like a badge we put on. It's almost like how many people get hair makeovers after a break - up, for example, to signify that they are going through something.
Some hairdressers that have spoken to certain outlets have commonly mentioned that since people now have time to try all the DIY hair hacks in the world - they are going in for it. For a lot of people, it is also a time to experiment because they don't have to go out in public to "show off" their hair makeovers - it's something personal. Not something for the world, so experimenting is actually less risky.
Basically, the whole reason we cut our own hair is to come with stress, trauma or something troublesome. While sometimes it's also simply just the boredom - the larger cause is that it is ur way to cope with the loneliness, boredom and anxiety of the lockdown and pandemic. So, go ahead cut your own bangs, dye your hair and go bald - no one cares, and you look great!