When your dad becomes your barber

As the days, weeks and months of quarantine get longer day by day, so does the hair on sophomore Andrew Perez’s head.

Students have started taking risks and cutting their own hair after barbershops shut down due to health regulations presented by COVID-19.

Perez said his hair has been annoying him and decided to let his dad cut it.

“I’m going bald cause my hair grows very fast,” Perez said. “I will get my dad to shave straight across my head.”

But Perez’s faith in his father’s haircutting skills just about ends there. Perez said he does not trust his dad to give him a traditional scissor-clippers haircut.

“I’m pretty sure if I let him use scissors, he will mess up my hairline,” Perez said. “The good thing about hair is that it always grows back.”

However, not everyone is willing to cut off a patch of hair and make their head vulnerable to sunburn. Sophomore Anukul Acharya said his hair has been an issue but is unwilling to take matters into his own hands.

“I usually get a haircut once every five or six weeks and it has been three months since I got one because of quarantine,” Acharya said. “I don’t go outside at all because of my hair. Not even for walks.  It looks messy like I have a bird’s nest on my head.”

Acharya said he has a breaking point.

“Well my hair already covers my eyes, but if it goes below my nose, I will cut it myself,” Acharya said.

Though fast-growing hair may be an issue for some, sophomore David Stiles said he only needs a haircut every 6 months.

“My summer travel baseball season is coming up and I want to grow my hair out so it can look good,” Stiles said. “I was planning on cutting it before school starts in the fall.”

Northern Virginia barbershops were allowed to reopen beginning May 29, provided they adhere to strict social distancing guidelines.