Men grow lockdown locks during COVID-19, make long hair in again

David Heitz

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Call them lockdown locks.

Countless men across America grew their hair during the COVID-19 crisis. With salons and barber shops closed, men could not access their favorite places to get a haircut.

So instead of letting a friend or relative cut their hair, they let it grow. And then they found out they liked their long locks.

My hair is the longest it ever has been in my 51 years. It is a little past my shoulders right now.

While that may sound a bit seventies for a man, that’s the look many guys are going for. Jason Bateman recently appeared on a talk show with hair just like mine. We both have long, wavy locks that make us look a bit like members of the Partridge Family.

My hair just now is getting a little long for my taste. Past the shoulders for a guy is not considered clean-cut. Some employers don’t allow such long hair. People who work in food service usually must put their silky mop in a net.

Being 51, I love the fact that I still have a thick, wavy, dark, flowing head of hair. I never realized how healthy my hair was until I let it grow out.

Some people adore my long hair. I get quite a few compliments on it. But it’s falling into my eyes all the time. I need to have it cut.

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Long hair in the executive suite

The COVID-19 lockdown has proven liberating to people who wanted to let their locks grow. But will the fad remain once salons and barber shops are fully back in business?

Apparently long hair already is taking hold in American boardrooms, according to the Wall Street Journal. “As the U.S. reopens, plenty of once-cropped corporate types are opting to keep their flowing tresses,” the newspaper reported. “Soon enough, men with a passing resemblance to apostles, rock stars and Beat poets could populate boardrooms.”

Some executives have requested the Brad Pitt mane. “Audrey Hootman, owner of Talc + Tonic, a Chicago salon with a corporate-leaning clientele, reported a recent uptick in long-haired patrons aged 26 to 36,” according to the Journal. “And when Takamichi Saeki reopened his Manhattan salon in mid- 2020, about 60 percent of his customers—including lawyers and bankers, even ones in their 60s—came in with collar-brushing hair. Of those, 'more than half' have kept things long—and many have requested Brad Pitt’s shag.”

Celebrating long hair for men

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Fantastic Sam’s hair salons in a blog post celebrates the COVID-19 men’s hairdos. “Maybe you’ve already re-emerged from stay-at-home life and visited the salon,” the article opines. “And perhaps you’ve left a little length in your hairstyle after getting so accustomed to it over the last few months.

“Or it’s possible you’re still rocking that long hair and wondering what exactly you’re going to do with it, whether it’s chopping it all off or trying to incorporate your new locks into your style.”

Men are opting for longer hair on top with trim sides, medium length but longer all over, or even an undercut with man bun. “Don’t be afraid to play around and try different hairstyles,” the blog urges. “After all, 2020 has taught us one thing…everything can change. And why shouldn’t your hair?”

Have you let your hair grow long during COVID-19? What do you think about long hair for men being “in” again? Leave your comments below.

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