Why So Many Are Making Big Hair Changes During Quarantine

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Maybe it’s a chance to separate our own ideals from society’s ideals. “So many people tell me to keep my hair long,” Merritt Knize, a holistic aesthetician who chopped off six inches of her hair with a pair of craft scissors while in quarantine, tells Allure. “It’s almost like I am sneaking around and saying, ‘Ha, I am going to do what I want now! ’” Insecurities crept in when she was interacting with people every day, but alone time has inspired Knize to connect to her “true essence,” she says. "This is the person I want to exist when we emerge again. “It’s kind of funny, because the lack of open salons is almost giving people the freedom or permission to play with their looks,” agrees Chelsea Kester, hairstylist, colorist, and founder of the plant-based hair care line Wildflower Gypsy. “I am so here for this!

It’s a surprising stance, coming from a stylist — even though many salons are experiencing COVID-19-related closures, telling clients to take matters into their own hands sans consultation or color kit could be counterintuitive in the long run — but many of the professionals Allure spoke with for this story feel the same way about the influx of at-home hair transformations: “There is something profoundly empowering and cathartic about cutting your own hair,” Scarbrough says. “The very same way a distressed animal sheds or molts, we, as human animals, are also subject to these primal impulses.

If you’re feeling called to cut, color, or otherwise change your hair, consider that the call might actually be from somewhere deeper for something deeper, a sign of unprocessed emotions that can’t be swept away like dead ends on the bathroom floor. “We are, consciously or unconsciously, offering up our cut hair in surrender and acknowledgment of the fragile mortality and impermanence of the whole of human experience,” Scarbrough muses. “Even on a good day, it’s never just about the hair. (You probably would look really good with bangs, though.

The hashtag #quarantinehair provides no shortage of proof: In droves, people are channeling pent-up energy into DIY bang trims, buzz cuts, and bleach jobs — but why? “An external change can be a simple and easy way to signify a transition that is internally more complex and harder to articulate otherwise,” explains therapist Nikki Nachum, in an email to Allure. “A new haircut becomes almost like an announcement to both yourself and the outer world that something is changing in your life. ” It’s human nature to crave a physical change that matches the magnitude of an emotional one, to correct that cognitive dissonance with a fresh cut or color.

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