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Newfoundland hair stylist offers empathy and advice during COVID-19

As the lockdown stretches into weeks and months, one indicator of people's housebound state is their hair.

Our locks are growing longer during the lockdown

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau photographed in Ottawa on March 11, 2020 (left) and May 1, 2020 (right). (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

The phrase "bad hair day" seems to have taken on new meaning … as days of being housebound have stretched into weeks, and months.

Dorothy Simms has been a stylist for 34 years at a shop in St. John's called The Hair Factory. (Chrystal Deering)

There is, perhaps, some consolation in knowing we have plenty of company. Daily briefings from Ottawa are being delivered by our shaggy-looking prime minister, whose lockdown locks are growing longer and thicker. News anchors are allowing their roots to show. And every venture outside for a walk or a shopping trip reveals a newfound appreciation for head coverings of all kinds.

Dorothy Simms of Newfoundland could be colouring, cutting or coiffing her own hair because that is what she does for a living. She has been a stylist for 34 years at a shop in St. John's called The Hair Factory. Everyone has been laid off during the pandemic, but the staff is offering consolation, empathy and helpful advice to their loyal clients.

Click "listen" above for Dorothy Simms view of life on the edge of COVID-19.

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