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Put the Scissors Down (Or Not): Hair Care During A Pandemic

Portuguese barber Elizio da Silva Gomes wearing a protective mask puts on his gloves at the Campos barbershop in Lisbon.
Portuguese barber Elizio da Silva Gomes wearing a protective mask puts on his gloves at the Campos barbershop in Lisbon.

Much of society has come to a halt. But hair, well, it keeps on growing.

It might not have been the first concern on Americans’ minds when faced with the prospect of staying indoors and physical distancing. But it’s a problem many in the nation are now trying to puzzle through: haircare and haircuts in the time of coronavirus.

People can’t get to salons or barbershops, leading some to inquire about hairstylists making house calls, or looking up advice online about cutting, braiding and coloring their own hair.

For many, how their hair looks is central to their concept of identity. And not being able to see a professional means the scissors are now in Americans’ hands.

How have Americans been braiding or cutting their hair since salons have been closed? And how are barbers and stylists coping with the loss of business?

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