People are shaving their heads in quarantine — here's why

Staying at home during the coronavirus outbreak is prompting people to take some risks with their hair.
"At first, I didn't like the look of my hair growing out, so I tried cutting it myself. I messed up and couldn't get it right, so I figured, why not shave it? Not like I was going anywhere!!"
"At first, I didn't like the look of my hair growing out, so I tried cutting it myself. I messed up and couldn't get it right, so I figured, why not shave it? Not like I was going anywhere!!"alfreddterence/Twitter
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If there was ever a time to shave his head, Reyn Matsukawa decided this was it.

The Hawaii resident said a stay at home order during the coronavirus outbreak gave him "an excuse to experiment." He showed off his new look on Twitter where he said he thought he looked like a manapua, a Hawaiian dumpling-like food that is filled with meat.

"I figured I was not going to see anyone outside of my home for a while. I wanted to do something fun that I probably would never do ever again. All the barbershops are closed," Matsukawa said. "I shaved my head in hopes it would grow back by the time I was allowed out of my house."

He's not the only one. With hair salons and barbershops closed in many states, people are giving themselves quarantine bangs, cutting their own hair and even experimenting with shaving it all off.

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"I just really wanted to know what my head looked like! I couldn’t go my whole life without knowing. I figured that this would be the best time to find out since no one besides my parents would have to see me everyday in case it turned out badly," Isabella, an artist and student, told The Cut, which shared portraits and quotes from 17 people who shaved their heads.

A Twitter user named Breezy told TODAY Style she shaved her head simply because it was something to do.

"I shaved my head because I thought if I didn’t I would go insane lol. I was just super bored of being at home and didn’t want bangs, so I shaved my head," she said. "Also, I love it so much."

Twitter user @alfreddterence told TODAY Style that his shaved head is the result of a home haircut gone wrong.

"At first, I didn’t like the look of my hair growing out, so I tried cutting it myself. I messed up and couldn’t get it right, so I figured, why not shave it? Not like I was going anywhere!!" he said. "But looking in the mirror while cutting my hair, I realized I cared too much how I looked, so I just went all the way and shaved it aaaaalll the way."

While some people are shaving their heads, others aren't shaving at all. Quarantine beards have been popping up on Zoom calls around the country, making colleagues seem almost unrecognizable.