Before You Chop Your Hair at Home, Read This

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The coronavirus crisis has brought with it a whole new range of unexpected – albeit small in the grand scheme of things – difficulties. And one question a lot of us have been asking is, “What are we going to do about our hair?” Even though we haven’t been cooped up indoors for that long, no one knows when we’ll next make it to the salon. Pair this with the inevitable boredom of staying at home, and many people have already started thinking about trimming their own locks.

While it’s more than acceptable to let your hair run free during this time, it might be worth considering a small trim if it gets too unruly. Getting rid of split ends will help your hair grow out strong and healthy, as it stops the splits from traveling up the hair shaft. Cutting your own hair for the first time is a nerve-racking prospect. Luckily, stylists are on hand to help – and if it does go slightly astray, remember, no one’s really going to see it anyway. Professional hairstylist Stephane Ferreira cautions, “Cutting your hair is not easy, and we would always recommend you leave it to the professionals, waiting until the salons are once again open.” However, if your hair is getting too long, these are his top tips.


Make Sure You Section

“The most important part to get right is sectioning,” Ferreira explains. “After your hair is washed and towel-dried, section your hair first from the front and the back, and then split your back sections into two new sections – the split needs to be from ear to ear.” There’s a simple reason for this. It’s much easier to manage a smaller chunk of hair, and you’ll be able to cut far more precisely.

“Make sure you cut in clean lines, and you cut the same amount on each section,” he advises. As your hairdresser does in the salon, start from the bottom section and repeat until you get to the top of your head. “You then need to divide the front into two new sections each. Again, make sure that you cut the same amount as you did at the back.” He recommends trimming one to two centimeters of hair, which “will ensure split ends are removed and your hair looks clean and fresh”.


Treat Your Bangs Differently

Many people won’t want to give themselves a full-blown haircut at home, but will still want to keep their bangs in check. There’s really nothing more annoying than having stray hairs dangling in your eyes. “For bangs, make sure that you blow-dry it first in the way you wish it to go,” is Ferreira’s key advice.

“Cut your bangs only on dry hair as, otherwise, it will bounce back and look shorter than you intended.” He adds: “Cut only half a centimeter at a time, so you have control over the length. If you have sweeping bangs, avoid blunt-cutting and only cut with the tip of the scissors.” This will prevent the result from looking overly severe.

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Use the Right Tools

Unfortunately, those great big kitchen scissors sitting in your drawer aren’t going to cut it – no pun intended. Instead, Ferreira recommends you use the thinnest scissor you can find, so you can “control the amount of hair cut at all times”. Pretend you’re in the salon when you cut your own hair. When you think you’re finished, style your hair fully and do a final check to see if it’s all connected, says Ferreira. “If not, make the adjustment needed.” You might be stuck indoors, but no one wants too wonky a hairdo.

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