The lost year: Pandemic makeovers 

Washington students like Minnah Awad, Rhea Jain, and Ethan Huang changed not only their appearance, but their perspectives on self-expression in isolation. Barred from hair salons and clothing stores, many students found it hard not to take matters into their own hands. Without the pressure of going to school everyday, it made it easier to experiment with new things.

Minnah Awad

Minnah Awad, with frizzy brown hair, sunglasses resting atop her forehead, dressed in a white top, against the backdrop of pink flowers and leaves.

Washington senior Minnah Awad completely changed her hair after chopping it, adding a set of bangs, and dyeing it from black to golden brown. When asked what inspired this change, Awaad said, “I wanted to try something new and take advantage of being at home to experiment with my hair.” She went on to say, “I love my new hair and how it finally reflects my style and personality.”

Rhea Jain

Many people were also inspired to find new styles and change up the way they dress. Washington junior Rhea Jain explained that she started buying clothes that made her happy during quarantine, because before, she would wear things just because everyone else was. “I learned over quarantine that I should wear clothes for myself, rather than because of others,” she said. “For that reason, I’ll miss my comfort clothes, but I’m happy with the way it turned out.”

Rhea Jain, with blue lens sunglasses on, a yellow tank top with a cream-colored wrapped shirt over it, a floral yellow and white skirt, a round bag slung over her shoulders, and a necklace, all against the backdrop of pink flowers and leaves.

Ethan Huang

Ethan Huang, lounging on a blue chair in the bart, with a pink mask on, wearing a cream-colored, black-striped flannel, a white t-shirt, silver necklaces, and blue jeans.

However, not everyone was inspired by the idea of not having to care about what others think anymore. Washington senior Ethan Huang felt more pressure to work on his style and started caring about the way he dressed more than he did before. “I think I got inspired by the people around me,” he said. “I liked the way they dressed and I felt bad about how I dressed.” He went on to say that caring more about fashion trends led him to start experimenting with crewnecks, flannels, and jewelry.

Dana Mirghani is a senior at Washington High School. She was born in Sudan, grew up in Michigan, and is now living in Fremont. This is her first year at the Hatchet and she mainly enjoys writing about art, history, politics, and her opinions. Some of her hobbies include public speaking, acting, writing, and exploring new places. She plans to major in sociology and integrate that into an artistic career, perhaps filmmaking.

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