While living in the strangest of times with a strict emphasis on social distancing, barbers across the UK have been forced to shut their doors until the government lifts its restrictions. Consequently, many people have taken to cutting their own hair, or more specifically, shaving it all off.

From university students all the way up to celebrities and professional athletes, the UK’s lockdown has given many people the perfect opportunity to try a new look.

Top-flight footballers including Eden Hazard and Hector Bellerin have opted for the haircut, with the latter debuting his trim on Twitter with the caption “Stay home, enjoy the sun.”


Some have used the prospect of shaving their haid for a good cause, with England rugby internationals taking part in the “Covhead challenge”. Henry Slade, Ellis Genge and Luke Cowan-Dickie raised over £1000 in the first 24 hours of its launch.

William Bull before and after shaving his hair

A number of students have also made the decision to shave their heads during lockdown. Fred Latham, a student from Norwich, also decided to shave his head and said that “quarantine was a better time than any to do it”.

“I don’t mind it, I think you get used to it pretty fast. I do kind of want my hair back but it’s nice to have a change”.

Fred’s new haircut, post-lockdown



Whether it’s done out of boredom, for a good cause, or an embrace of the UK’s newly implemented social distancing measures, buzz cuts have emerged as one of the most popular haircuts during the coronavirus pandemic.