Lockdown hair, anyone?

Split ends worsening during quarantine

With the coronavirus lockdown continuing for at least another three weeks, people isolated at home and unable to visit a hairdresser are resorting to cutting and dyeing their own hair.

Men and women alike are managing their personal grooming themselves more than ever before. This follows earlier government announcements that non-essential shops, hairdressing businesses included, should temporarily close under strict lockdown measures in order to bring the numbers of people contracting COVID-19 under control.

Addressing the issue on The One Show, hairdresser and guest Michael Douglas chatted with host Alex Jones about viewers cutting and dyeing their hair until they’re able to go to hairdressing salons again to get the job done properly. Watch Michael’s video on The Sun’s website.

The BBC programme subsequently received 287 complaints from furious hairdressers on the basis that Michael’s advice undermines the profession and ignores some of the essential steps of hair dyeing. In response to this backlash, the BBC issued a statement on its website claiming: “Our hairdresser did suggest people should seek advice from their hairdressers and we believe viewers would be aware of the need to carefully check the instructions for any product they buy”.

According to news reports, sales of both box dyes and hair clippers are rocketing as cooped-up individuals are taking their looks into their own hands. Plus, there are myriad stories on the internet about quarantine haircut fails including these on the Independent’s website.

We reiterate the BBC’s warning about following hair dye leaflet information to the letter, adding that strand and patch tests should always be performed prior to any treatment. It’s also worth bearing in mind the unpredictability of colouring which often turns out to be much darker than shown on the box.

Whilst minor mishaps such as bad cuts and darker colours can be tolerated, recovery from serious hair dyeing errors is more prolonged. Harm caused can involve scalp burns, weakened hair and even hair loss. Our advice is to take great care and if you have any doubts, to consult your trusted hairdresser with your questions or concerns, many of whom are happy to provide guidance over the phone during these strange times. If you are still uncertain, perhaps hit the online shops for a new hat!


At Hairdressing Claims, we wish all our clients the very best of health during this difficult period. Should you find yourself in need of our services, we are open for business. Please get in touch by emailing enquiries@hairdressingclaims.co.uk, calling 0800 970 9102 from a landline for free, phoning 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or completing our online enquiry form.

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