As barber shops and salons shut down all over the world due to partial or total coronavirus lockdowns, men are taking matters into their own hands.
In a new online trend, social media users ranging from ordinary guys to celebrities and “influencers” have been sharing photos and videos which show them shaving their heads.
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Football legend Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest celebrity to join the trend, sharing a video of his partner shaving his head in what seems to be the backyard of a home. He captioned it “Stay home and keep stylish.”
Some even took part in dares and challenges on social media.
Saudi Arabian social media influencer Tarek al-Harbi was dared by Kuwaiti actor Hassan al-Ballam to shave his head in exchange for a Rolex watch.
“Should I shave my head bald with you, Abu Ali?” al-Harbi asked the Kuwaiti actor as he was getting his head shaved.
“I’ll shave your head right now…You’ll get a gift from me. A Rolex watch,” al-Ballam responded.
UAE national team football player Mohammed Fawzi shared a video of himself holding a shaver and dancing to the Drake song “Flip the switch,” a song made popular by a social media challenge. The video goes black when the light is “switched” off, before Fawzi reappears a second later with a shaved head. He captioned the video “Stay at home.”
Social media influencer Amen shared the process with his Snapchat followers as well. He started by brushing his long hair, then reappears with a shaved head.
Dubai-based barber Abed Abuidrie said he saw a spike in requests for shorter haircuts right before tighter measures were implemented to slow the spread of the virus in the UAE. Then he started receiving more requests for recommendations on shaver types and brands for personal use.
“A lot of my clients have messaged or called me to ask what shavers they should order online,” he told Al Arabiya English. “They’ll come back to me once all of this is over to fix their hair,” he added jokingly.
Abuidrie and other barbers recently suspended accepting appointments in compliance with the latest regulations in the country, according to his latest Instagram post.
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I am sorry to all my dear clients. Due to the given #coronavirus circumstances, I will not be taking any appointments until further notice for the safety of all. بعتذر من الجميع بس بسبب أزمة #كورونا ما راح اقدر أخذ مواعيد الى إشعار أخر حفاظاً على سلامة الجميع #stayhome #خلك_في_البيت
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