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9 Women Share Their Major Lockdown Hair Transformations

New hair, who dis? Quite a lot of us it seems.

Yes, lockdown is easing and with hairdressers across the UK open again (even if it feels a bit different with social distancing and your stylist wearing a welder’s mask), women across the country are busy booking in to get their hair done after months at home hibernating.
 
With many of us going au naturel since we were told to stay at home in March – letting our greys grow out, or just dumping the hairdryer and curling tongs and embracing low-maintenance life for a few months – now feels like the time for a big change. And now that we get to see each other again, why not turn heads with a dramatic new do? 
 
Some brave souls, who couldn’t wait it out for the professionals to return, took lockdown as an opportunity to experiment with at-home colour (a fraction of the price of a trip to the salon) or faithfully followed YouTube tutorials to give themselves and their family members a badly needed trim.
 
Whether it’s a DIY dye job or pro pixie cut, we spoke to nine women who, for very different reasons, decided it was time for a hair transformation. Ready to see the results?
 
Click through to see the before and after pics…

Aisha Williams, 31, works in the public sector and has an Instagram account devoted to styling her natural hair.
 
“I’ve been wearing my thick, curly hair natural for over five years. I loved experimenting with new hairstyles during lockdown. Initially I found myself being lazy and doing minimal styling. After washing my hair I would just wear braids or a wash ‘n’ go style and leave it until my next wash day. But then I thought lockdown would be a perfect time to try new styles. Also, if they failed, it would be fine because no one would see them! I’ve always been amazed how versatile my natural hair is – I’m inspired by seeing other naturals in the community wearing their hair in braids, twists, bun styles, adding extensions to their styles. I’m always looking for new ways to wear my hair, I enjoy switching it up and trying new looks. This style is a mix between flat twists and single twists. It took me around an hour. Flat twists can be tricky if you are new to the style. I watched a lot of Instagram tutorials to grasp the technique; once I mastered it, it’s fairly simple. I use a combination of leave-in conditioner, oil and a twisting soufflé to achieve the whole look. The nice thing is, when you take the twists out you are left with bouncy twist-out curls!”
Lottie L’Amour, 33, is a plus-size fashion/LGBTQIA influencer.

“During lockdown I had a wavy bob with a soft dark blonde balayage. I was due to get married on 23rd July so I planned to grow it a little before the big day. But of course, coronavirus changed all that. The dramatic change was kind of a farewell for our wedding that never was. I thought, Now I have another year to wait before I get married, why not dye it a mad colour? My hairdresser Steph at Headmasters knew I wanted to go bright yellow after my wedding so I called her and said, ‘It’s time!’ Five and a half hours, a ton of bleach and Olaplex later and I had the canary yellow hair of my dreams. I absolutely adore it. My partner loves it, too, and she’s also been inspired to book in for a post-COVID chop. I’ve been turning a few heads on the street but I’ve not decided if that’s my highlighter hair or the sequinned face masks I’ve been wearing!”
Vania De Sousa, 30, is cofounder of natural haircare brand VP Royals and a part-time mental healthcare assistant.
 
“I kept my hair mid-length and natural (chemical and heat-free) for the last few years after damaging it with colour and heat (I used to straighten it a lot) in the past. During lockdown I was eager to get a trim as the ends were a little damaged but I was never brave enough to cut it myself. I have my own natural haircare business where me and my business partners make hair products free of sulphates, parabens and other harsh chemicals. I wanted to cut my hair for a very long time but everyone discouraged me. Since lockdown, I feel it’s time to put myself first and not compromise what I want because of other people’s opinions or feelings. I just felt like it was time for a change and to start doing things that were out of my comfort zone, so I cut my hair into a curly pixie hairstyle. I feel liberated, empowered and more confident now. The cut has reminded me to do what makes me happy.”
Emily Mitchell, 26, is an ordinand.
 
“I’ve always had quite thin, fine hair. I’ve had some form of short cut since I was 16, apart from a brief interlude when I got married. For the past few years I’ve been a bit more experimental with bleach and dye, usually purples and pinks. By the time we went into lockdown I had a wispy and rapidly growing out crop with a messy wash of lilac. I was well overdue a cut and dye but then lockdown was announced. During lockdown I watched the roots build. Then there were all those Zoom calls, staring at myself in the little box in the corner of the screen. The motivation to do something different was more a case of cutting off the terrible split ends – it was damaged, so really needed cutting. I would normally have my hair cut at a training salon so this was the first time paying full price for a haircut since moving to London three years ago! I got a pixie crop cut with a razored back and textured chop on the top. I’m enjoying the short length but can’t wait for the training salons to open again.”
Malvika Sheth, 21, is a digital content creator.
 
“Going into lockdown, I had long, black hair in layers hitting my waist. While it wasn’t looking too unhealthy, I knew I was due for my routine haircut. The inspiration came from my online audience: several of them encouraged me to try something new but as we were still in lockdown then, I knew I’d have to find a home solution. At first, I figured I’d try to do it myself. After teaching myself how to thread my own eyebrows and wax my upper lip during lockdown, I thought, How hard could it be to cut my own hair? However my mother insisted that she would try her hand at it, and to her credit, she did a pretty decent job. It was fun to share the experience on Instagram stories and on my YouTube channel. Long hair is lovely because there’s so much you can do with it but it became cumbersome to take care of and since we were approaching summer, I was itching for a change. The cut was a two-step process. The first time my mother cut my hair, she cut off about 2 inches, and a month later, we cut off about 3-4 more. The only issue was, she didn’t really know how to deal with my layers, so she just cut in a straight line. I was pretty nervous about it, but it turned out alright!”
Lauren Seaton, 26, is an executive assistant.
 
“Before lockdown began, my hair was in a short bob. I’d just made a change from dark hair to dying it a pastel pink. I was happy with the opportunity to not have to do anything with my hair during lockdown. I’ve always been good with makeup and styling but I’ve never really known how to style my hair so it was nice to leave it alone. I was getting frustrated with it, as the colour faded more and more. I’m not usually bothered by having roots but they were inches long and basically black. I always found it funny that when people go through tough times they dye their hair. That’s me all over. I got drunk one evening with my housemate and I was watching the movie Coraline. I started thinking about how I used to have blue hair, too, which I loved. I was so much happier back then. With little convincing I bought two pots of La Riche Directions in Blue Lagoon online. As soon as it arrived, I slapped it on my hair – no gloves – and waited for the Smurf blue to develop. I think I left it on for around two hours, it was long enough to have a bottle of wine. I managed to dye my hair, my hands, my T-shirt and my bathtub blue! Honestly, I think it’s the best decision I’ve made for a very long time but as much as I love the blue, I know that it probably won’t last too much longer before I get some bright idea to change it again.”
Aaliyah Bates, 22, works in the charity sector.
 
“Since I was 17, I’ve constantly changed my hair – usually every six months or so. During lockdown I was growing out my fringe, and the balayage I had done in November was fading. I was feeling pretty uninspired by my hair and wanted to dye it red. I realised lockdown was the perfect opportunity to do it and it was a fun activity. I’ve always thought red hair looks sick – think Jessica Rabbit, Lavagirl, Grimes and Leeloo from Fifth Element. Since coming out as non-binary it felt like a natural and important step in exploring my gender identity. I wanted to be seen the way I actually am and feel, and to look like a hot non-binary femme. First, I dyed my hair using a Bleach London kit (I Saw Red and Tangerine Dream). I made a (very crap) TikTok of it and enjoyed the experience of just being in my bathroom listening to music and messing with my hair, but I didn’t do it very well. So when I moved in to join my family’s bubble, my mum helped me re-bleach and tone it using the leftover dyes. It was her first time and she did an amazing job. It was super cool and supportive of her and we had a lovely bonding time together. I’ve been keeping up looking after my hair, using masks, serums and letting it gently fade. It’s a really cool orange now. I look in the mirror and feel so happy. It might sound silly to some people but it’s so bright and pretty and makes me excited to get dressed and do my makeup. It’s definitely helping me feel a bit more physically reflective of the stuff I’m thinking about internally about gender.”
Arleta Andreasik-Paton, 34, is a senior project manager in construction.

“I’ve always had thick hair that grows really fast. It has been red for a few years now. During lockdown I was getting so fed up with it. I did consider experimenting with colour but I didn’t want to ruin it with bleach. I became a mum to twin boys in October last year and I have struggled with postnatal depression. I had a bit of identity crisis, as well, and I was trying to find myself I suppose. During lockdown I’ve started to evaluate the new role of a twin mum versus the person I used to be – I used to look a bit edgy, but now I felt frumpy. I thought my hair was the easiest way to make a bit of a statement. As soon as hairdressers were allowed to open, I contacted Mark Eley at Escape hair salon in Bristol and booked to see him. I wanted something easy to style as my free time is limited these days, but also something with a bit of character. I trust Mark so I let him get a little bit creative, shaving probably half of my head and giving me a side fringe that can be styled up or down. I absolutely love the look. It makes me feel kind of fierce and like me again. It gave me so much confidence back.”

Emma Roscoe, 39, is a motivational speaker and entrepreneur.

“I’ve had a short, naturally wavy on the top style for a couple of years. While it’s naturally dark, it’s usually dyed a deep red or purple shade. Because my hair is usually cut every four to five weeks and was last cut at the start of March, it didn’t take long for it to start driving me mad. After a few months it was starting to resemble a mullet the Tiger King would be proud of. I’d joked several times about shaving it off to solve the problem. A friend of mine, Dani Wallace, was hosting a 12-hour online fundraising event called The Big Festoon to raise money for Women’s Aid and Galop UK. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I decided to shave my hair off and raise money for the two charities. So I did it – I shaved all of my hair off myself down to a grade one (3mm) live on Facebook. My hair had always been very significant to me. During my 10-year abusive relationship, my hair was one of the few things I still felt like I had some control of. Shaving it off to help other survivors was emotional but so empowering. The plan was to grow it back but the next day I knew I’d be keeping it. It was liberating to have no hair and I actually felt more beautiful and confident than I’d ever felt before. Last month I even took it down to the bone using bare clippers and I loved that too. It’s made me realise I don’t need my ‘crowning glory’ to feel like a queen.”

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Credit: Original article published here.

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