The global pandemic COVID-19 has prompted millions across America to stay home in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. Only allowed out for essentials, many Americans have gone stir crazy and quickly abandoned any form of a healthy routine. Days seem to blend together and many have decided to utilize this time for self-improvement.
Whether that be brushing up on past hobbies or learning new skills, time at home has begun to take a toll on numerous lives. It all began innocently enough for most, watching VouTube videos and getting inspired by aesthetically pleasing Binterest posts.
“My grandma shared some wonderful-looking bread recipes on FaceNovel the other day and I just had to try them. Before I knew it, bread-baking had consumed my quarantine days and now I find flour in all sorts of crevices,” Jessica Rocquett said.
While Mrs. Rocquett is funneling her COVID-19 stress through baking, her teenage daughter Amelia is processing it in a more physical way.
After watching countless TikToks of girls with colored hair, group chat “50 toes” was spammed with a multitude of photos from Amelia one night at 3 AM. Her friends maintained a regular sleep schedule and awoke to the panicked texts in horror.
“I had no idea Amelia had gotten this bad, we had joked about dying our hair but we never took it seriously. Adding bangs to it all really sealed the deal, quarantine had gotten to her. All I have to say if you see Arctic Fox hair dye and salon scissors in the shared Amazon cart, reach out,” a member of the “50 toes” group chat said after seeing Amelia become a platinum blonde with baby doll bangs.
This phenomenon of boredom-induced haircuts doesn’t spare anyone. A new trend primarily followed by men has surfaced: shaved heads. Something about remaining at home for weeks on end triggered a certain part of their brains that has men across the country thinking they could rock a shaved head.
Amelia’s boyfriend actually ended up suffering a bald head after attempting a “close shave”. The couple now video calls daily, in hopes of supporting each other through the bad haircuts they share.
“My bald head and Amelia’s bangs honestly just proved to me that we’re soulmates. We both are experiencing the dullness of quarantine together and knowing our heads are in the same place is really reassuring, she’s definitely going to be my wife after all this,” Amelia’s boyfriend said.
Quarantine is affecting people in diverse ways but the endless downtime will ultimately ensure time outside homes can come faster rather than later. Poorly baked bundt cakes are much preferred to an increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.