Coronavirus craze: Sophie Monk, hairstyle trends during crisis lockdown

Article by Ashleigh Hastings /
Herald Sun /
April 12, 2020 /
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As we all adjust to life indoors, a hairy quarantine trend has emerged. Lockdown locks are being bleached, cut and shaved in bathrooms all over the country, with some … interesting results.

Even celebrities have succumbed to the allure of a supermarket dye job.

Sophie Monk recently took to Instagram to warn her followers after a debacle involving bleach and a paintbrush. “If you’re wondering whether to box dye your hair through quarantine, don’t do it. It’s like my hair had a fight with a twisty packet”, she said.

Kristina Russell is a Sydney-based hair colour specialist and educator. She emphasised that while Sophie Monk’s hair turned out yellow and patchy, things could be a lot worse.

“It’s bad, but it’s still on her head,” she said.

“It’ll break off if you go white enough.”

Ms Russell understands that people in quarantine may find their wits at a split end.

“People who have a lot of time on their hands at the moment are tempted to grab scissors. Whether they’re manicure scissors that are curved, kitchen scissors that are used to cut chicken,” she said.

According to Ms Russell, DIY micro fringes, face framing layers and box dyes are popular options, usually attempted with little success.

“Anything that requires you to mix two things together, whether it’s a cream or a liquid, has become a permanent colour. And those include peroxide. Overlapping of that will cause damage, it will cause banding, and it can cause breakage that’s irreversible,” she said.

So what if you’ve found yourself with some disappointing lockdown locks of your own? Ms Russell recommends you “buy a hat or a beanie”.

More seriously, she suggests you call your hairdresser and tell the truth. They can recommend at-home treatments to help.

“Hairdressers don’t emotionally react to someone doing that because there is no judgment,” she said.

Once you’ve sorted out the practicalities, you might be asking yourself why people often react to a crisis by climbing the hairway to heaven.

Dr Lauren Rosewarne, a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melton, thinks lockdown locks are similar to the cliche of women chopping off their hair after a break-up.

“Maybe for some folks, the at-home makeover functions similarly,” she said, “to sever ties between life before the pandemic and life during it”.

Dr Rosewarne said coronavirus was creating a new normal.

“While pre-pandemic we might have considered strange hair colours, home-job piercings, jail tattoos etc. as a cry for help, right now it’s just as likely to be a consequence of too much time on our hands,” she said.

“That said, there’s never been a better time to check-in on our friends anyway and let them know we love them even if they’ve coloured their hair with a long-expired box-dye that they found in the back of a cupboard or shaved off their eyebrows.”

Overall, the message is clear. If you’re thinking about a home hair transformation, maybe stop to mullet over first.