Boris Johnson today unveiled a DIY haircut carefully crafted by Carrie Symonds – but his fiancee appears have gone carefully after previous unkind claims she must have used a ruler and shears to trim his unruly fringe.
The Prime Minister’s shaggy shock of blonde hair has been branded a ‘national crisis’ and with six weeks until hairdressers open again his partner is claimed to have had a go herself inside No 10.
Mr Johnson had his hair styled to one side as he left Downing Street for Prime Minister’s Questions this afternoon, with experts claiming Carrie has given him the lightest of trims, dragged a brush through it and tamed it with some hair products.
But the smarter look didn’t last, with his thatch of hair messed up again by the time he appeared in the Commons around ten minutes later.
Previously critics have said that his more severe ‘pudding bowl’ trims during three lockdowns have been a fashion ‘crime’ and pondered if Carrie modelled his look on the couple’s rescue dog Dilyn.
Others have joked that it has been sticking up so much recently it looks like Mr Johnson had ‘brushed his hair with a balloon’.
Boris Johnson emerges from Downing Street (left) today with his hair swept to the side after Carrie reportedly gave him a very light trim. His hair was very slightly longer when he appeared at a school in London yesterday (right)
Normal service resumed only ten minutes later this afternoon when his brushed hair was already messy again at PMQs
Critics have pondered if Carrie modelled his look on the couple’s rescue dog Dilyn
Boris’ new hairdo: Experts weigh in and give it a 7/10
Celebrity hairstylist James Johnson said he was impressed with Carrie’s efforts and gave her a ‘7/10’ for the Prime Minister’s new look.
He said: ‘Carrie kept his style long. The length gives Boris a more textured look, which I think breaks the stereotypical ‘neat’ hair we’d expect from a professional leader. ‘But I think it’s right to say his hairstyle needs some perfecting. ‘Overall though Carrie has done a good job considering she’s not a professional stylist!’
Ricky Walters, director of London’s SALON64, said: ‘Every hairdresser loves an Insta-worthy before and after and although it may be lacking in the balayage and beach waves, I appreciate the effort Boris Johnson has gone through to tidy himself up.
‘Rumour has it Carrie has attempted to cut Mr Johnsons hair and has adopted the ‘less is more philosophy’.
‘I imagine it was a very visual haircut removing areas that are causing the public offence. I do wonder if Boris is self conscious of his ears? As nearly all his haircuts are always covering them?
‘We are seeing a huge rise in 70’s hair trends and its amazing to see Boris supporting the Lulu inspired haircut which must certainly make him want to ‘stand up and shout’.
‘Getting a little nervous towards the front of Boris’s hair, Carrie has decided to leave this as a heavy swept fringe. Slightly Farrah Fawcett.
‘I would love the opportunity to cut the PM’s hair. Taking the hair much shorter and more square will do Boris wonders. I guess after this haircut we can all agree hair salons probably are ‘essential’ business.’
The ITV star compared Mr Johnson to scarecrow Worzel Gummidge after the Prime Minister unveiled his ultra-cautious roadmap out of England’s third lockdown to MPs and the public.
Under No10’s plans to ease the national shutdown, hairdressers, salons and nail bars will remain shut until April 12 ‘at the earliest’ – provided coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths continue to fall.
Mr Morgan had claimed that Mr Johnson’s fiancee Ms Symonds had acquired scissors to cut his hair following yesterday’s statement to the Commons and Downing Street press conference to the nation.
But the Good Morning Britain host announced on Twitter that the Prime Minister had had his shaggy blonde locks cut by his partner ‘for the first time’.
‘EXCLUSIVE: I can reveal to the world that Prime Minister @BorisJohnson has today had his hair cut by his partner @carriesymonds for the first time,’ he tweeted. Downing Street declined to comment.
Earlier, Mr Morgan’s co-host Susanna Reid had said: ‘The Sun this morning does a countdown to when, for instance, we might get a haircut because Boris’ hair was looking a little…’
Mr Morgan then interjected: ‘He literally has become Wurzel Gummidge. Can we beam in on Wurzel?’
Ms Reid added: ‘It’s 48 days until you can get a haircut Boris.’
Mr Morgan then revealed: ‘Now I am told on good authority – I don’t want to want to be breaching any trade secrets here – but I’m told by sources close to the Prime Minister that some scissors may have already made their way to Downing Street, to the private quarters of the Prime Minister.
‘And his other half, Carrie Symonds, may be contemplating using them on the Prime Ministerial bonce.
‘I have just suggested it is a national crisis. Because where does his hair go in the next six or seven weeks.
‘There are spouses all over the country getting the scissors out and having a go.
‘My question for Carrie Symonds is: could it honestly get any worse? Could that hair look any more ridiculous?
‘What I’m saying Carrie, is do it for your country. Do it for your country.’
Piers Morgan tweeted: ‘EXCLUSIVE: I can reveal to the world that Prime Minister @BorisJohnson has today had his hair cut by his partner @carriesymonds for the first time’
Mr Morgan compared Mr Johnson to scarecrow Worzel Gummidge after the Prime Minister unveiled his ultra-cautious roadmap out of England’s third lockdown
Mr Johnson, wearing a face covering, leaves No10 on February 10, 2021
Mr Morgan had claimed that Mr Johnson’s fiancee Ms Symonds had acquired scissors to cut his hair following yesterday’s statement to the Commons. Pictured, December 16, 2020
Boris may have the longest hair of any PM in history (including Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher)
Boris Johnson’s lockdown locks meant he has had the longest hair of any British Prime Minister in modern history, experts say.
The PM’s blond barnet during the pandemic because barbers are shut has left him with a more flowing do than even his two female predecessor’s Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
But before Boris got the chop, barbers were in agreement his barnet was the longest to disgrace Number 10 since the bygone era of 18th century Tory Whig leaders in, er, wigs!
Speaking before the PM’s home haircut, Tony Copeland – co-founder of The British Master Barbers Alliance – said he was on course to have the longest mop in recent political memory.
He said: ‘By the time barbers are allowed to see clients, all being well, April 12, the PM’s locks may well have achieved the title of longest hair in the cabinet, and that’s taking into consideration our two female PMs.
‘Give it another six weeks and he could be sporting the Boris Bob length, as he will have added an inch and half.
‘Harking back to previous centuries, longer locks were in vogue for many prime ministers, after the rejection of the revolution wig wearer, men and women allowed their hair to grow longer and sit more naturally.
‘Boris may well be following in his forefather’s footsteps, but for different reasons.’
Mr Johnson’s last short haircut was on November 2 – after he modelled a half-way house trim branded ‘mind-boggling bad’.
His fringe was so straight when he visited Brussels for crunch Brexit talks with Ursula von der Leyen some pondered whether he had become so desperate for a trim that Carrie Symonds may have done it herself in their Downing Street flat.
A No 10 source branded the claims ‘b******s’.
The PM looked so scruffy unkind watchers of PMQs suggested he resembled his Jack Russell-cross Dilyn, who features on the front of his official Christmas card this year, with one wag saying: ‘Even the dog has a Boris haircut’.
Under the Prime Minister’s four-point roadmap, schools in England will reopen from March 8 – though the next stage of loosening will not be until March 29, when the formal Stay at Home edict is finally dropped in favour of ‘Stay Local’, and the Rule of Six makes a comeback.
It will be extended to allow two households to gather, enabling relatives to meet properly for the first time in months.
But shops, hairdressers and pubs must remain closed until April 12 at the earliest – the same time gyms can get back up and running – regardless of mounting fears about the economic meltdown.
Campsites and holiday lets can reopen for single households from April 12 – but international travel is completely off the cards until at least May 17.
Social distancing and masks could still be used for months more and vaccine passports may be required for a full return to normality.
Sports can start to return from May 17, although venues will need to work on reduced capacities. Up to 30 people can go to weddings from the same date, but are stuck at that number until the next phase of the roadmap.
Only at June 21 will all legal limits on social contact go, and the remaining elements of the hospitality sector be allowed to open.
Mr Johnson has stressed that he is being driven by ‘data not dates’ and the timeline is not guaranteed.
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