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Emma O’Toole from Swords in north Dublin who shaved her hair on April Fool’s Day. Photo: Mark Condren

Emma O’Toole from Swords in north Dublin who shaved her hair on April Fool’s Day. Photo: Mark Condren

Emma O’Toole from Swords in north Dublin who shaved her hair on April Fool’s Day. Photo: Mark Condren

It's the ultimate no-maintenance lockdown hairdo - but would you brave the shave? As salons remain shut until late July, there have been reports of Irish women paying up to €250 for black-market haircuts.

When her long, dyed hair began to grow out in quarantine, Emma O'Toole decided to take matters into her own hands instead. "I just had this lightbulb moment," says the 20-year-old from Swords. "I woke up at 6am, jumped out of bed and was like, 'F*** it - I'm just going to shave my head'.

"I didn't even cop that it was April Fool's Day - when I went into my mam, she honestly thought it was a joke. My dad was like, 'Oh, you've joined the club', because he's bald."