With over a month of lockdown in the country, individuals, especially men haven’t been able to get themselves groomed. The growing facial hair and on the head has started being a point of concern. Thus, instead of waiting for the lockdown to get over, many men have resorted to cutting their hair at home itself.
Even cricketer Virat Kohli, recently, got a haircut done by his wifey Anushka Sharma and posted on their social media handle. Soon after, many men started getting their hair trimmed by their wives at home.
While getting their hair on the heads trimmed with the help of their partner must be an option, many of them choose to completely go bald or also are choosing to go clean shaved.
Before and after pictures of the #CleanShaveChallenge
Trend or benefit? “Both!” laughs Hrishikesh Mulay, a Pune-based working professional who shares, “The lockdown has got every one of locked inside our homes. No meetings, no office, so I really wanted to use my after-shave again. I haven’t gone clean shave for over three years, and this was the chance for my face to feel some air. Since I wasn’t going anywhere once the lockdown started, I thought why not? Not just cleaning up, many men haven’t cleaned shaved, rather, agreeably don’t is because they have made peace with the way they look, and beard plays a major role. Indrajeet Chitte, a working professional in Pune shares that the lockdown is the first time since 2014 he has removed his facial hair. “From being a 28-year-old to looking like an 18-year-old in two minutes, going clean shave changed my entire look. Many of my friends didn’t recognise me in one of the video calls. Perhaps I knew it is going to grow back till the time lockdown is lifted.” Indrajeet laughs.
But it is not just the look change that is driving the men to go spic and span. Many, owing to the summer season have decided to shave their facial hair, as well as the head. Nikhil Suratwala shares, “Lockdown and summer have come at the same time and it was the perfect time to get rid of my hair. As salons are shut, I didn’t know how to trim my hair from the back, so I decided to go completely bald. Yes, I did take some help from my brother, but in no way, I could have risked trying to get a fancy haircut. Moreover, no hair on the head is a relief with the rising temperatures.”
Along with the rising temperatures, another reason that is driving men to take up clean shaving is the habit of touching the beard frequently. In a time when touching our faces is a complete no-no, getting rid of facial hair can be safe. IT professional Tanbir Sarkar, thus, decided to go all clean shaved owing to his habit of touching his beard and mustache. He elaborates, “I have a habit of adjusting my beard often, but now with coronavirus, doing so can be harmful as the experts always kept saying. Thus, I decided to go clean shave after almost two years. Apart from being a summer respite, we also have to wear a mask when we step out. So, with facial hair and mask on top of it, it sorts of becomes itchy and sweaty; so, I chose to do it.”
Rightly so, many doctors also have been suggesting men get rid of their facial hair considering the current situation. As fears grow about the spread of novel coronavirus, there’s an increasing demand for facial masks. But there’s something that can interfere with how effective those are, and that’s facial hair mentions Dr Suhani Bharadwaj who is currently working in the COVID-19 department in a hospital in Aurangabad. She elaborates, “Styles like long stubble, a beard, the Dali and mutton chops are not recommended because they are likely to interfere with a face piece respirator’s sealing surface. A respirator covers at least the nose and mouth and protects against particles including infectious agents. Facial hair poses a risk to the effectiveness of respirators because it may keep the exhalation valve from working properly if the two come into contact.”