As barbershops across Qatar stay closed as part of the preventive measures announced by the government against the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, many male residents have resorted to either “Do It Yourself (DIY)” haircut or entrusted the job to their wife while staying at home.
“I bought a new hair clipper and did it myself, but it didn’t look good so I asked my wife to fix it. The back part is still thick so I’ll probably ask a friend later to trim it,” Filipino expatriate Hernan Sunga told Gulf Times
Abbas Moussa is passionate about hair cutting and applies his skill on his son Mohamed at home
Hernan Sunga resorted to DiY haircut
Milan Murillo cut her son Andrei Lewis Murillo's hair at home
Deniel Sulit got his hair cut by his wife
He said that a compatriot shared him the same experience and failed to cut his sideburns properly, and might also be seeking another person’s help to repair it.
A Nepali expatriate also “gave in” to such trend saying he always prefers to have short hair like his colleagues, which he finds stylish and easy to maintain.
However, he said the result turned out to be otherwise and has to wear a cap temporarily.
“I just laughed at it since it’s my own fault. I hope everything will go back to normal so I can have this disaster be fixed right away,” he said. “Good thing is I saved money for that.”
For Deniel Sulit and Mark Bacsafra, Filipino expatriates in Doha, entrusting one’s haircut to a wife for the first time is “a unique experience” and might be a better option than DiY.
“It took her three hours to finish it. I was ready for what’s going to happen if it will not look good, I will ask her to trim everything,” he said. His advice to others: “You just have to trust your wife.”
Bacsafra, on the other hand, told his wife Cakes to trim his hair lightly. Asked how he felt about it, he said: “No words can explain.”
Other residents may not be keen to apply the DiY approach, especially for those who visit the barbershop often like Lebanese expatriate Abbas Moussa. He somehow managed “to do simple things” such as trimming only the sideburns and a little higher, as well as his mustache and beard.
Having a skill in hair-cutting, he also enjoys doing it while at home with his two sons, 8-year-old Ali and 12-year-old Mohamed, who normally visit the shop every month.
For a mother like Milan Murillo, cutting her son’s hair is a good precautionary measure against Covid-19. “The more the hair grows longer, you will likely touch your face (as you fix or push your hair back).”
Some residents have thought, while others have tried, cutting or trimming their hair but then realised they cannot do it properly.
“Then I decided to leave my hair grow. For me, having a very long hair has never been a choice so I'm planning to go to the first barber shop once they are back to work. But for the time being I'm trying to leave it as is,” said Moroccan expatriate Oualid Bakkas.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the demand for hair clippers, trimmers and shavers in Doha surged since the temporary closure of barbershops and salons.
According to LuLu regional manager Shanavas P M, many people have been looking for these kinds of items at LuLu stores across the country in the past few weeks.