Well… it looks like we’re going to be here for a while.
And since most barbershops and hair salons are currently closed, that means most of us are going to get a little… shaggy.
This leaves you with two choices: you can either “let it be” and embrace your wild side… or you can take matters (and scissors) into your own hands.
If that second option sounds tempting, this article is for you – but let us warn you: cutting your own hair is NOT as easy as it may seem… but it IS possible!
And while it may result in some horror stories…
i cut my own hair last night
it went terribly
here’s what not to do when cutting your own hair during quarantinehttps://t.co/4C5eBHnbcx
— Matt Ellentuck (@mellentuck) March 20, 2020
…everyone is doing it, and the results aren’t all bad. (Although to be fair, Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon – those steady hands come in handy here.)
— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) March 28, 2020
While some may argue that it’s not essential, we think everyone deserves the self-esteem boost that comes with having your best look. If you want it, you deserve it!
So, let’s make sure you’re in the “lookin’ good” category and not the “oh my, what have you done” category, shall we? To help you groom with confidence, we’ve compiled the following tips from professional hairstylists:
1. First off, now is a good time to take a break from shampoo.
This is one everybody can follow – whether or not you plan to self-style.
Hairstylist Paul Burton of Scarlet Salon in Oregon says this is a great time to give your hair some time to relax. “Don’t wash your hair every day to extend conditioning and color treatments,” he says.
Washing your hair can cause damage – and taking some time off allows essential oils to form, which promote natural hair health.
2. If you’re going to cut your hair, stick to a trim – and use the proper equipment!
Although clippers and buzzers are important, you need more than just the basics to guarantee a great at-home haircut.
That’s why we’re HUGE fans of CreaClip – a new invention that gives you a professional-looking trim from home.
It’s an incredible tool to have year-round, even when your hairstylist is available. It saves you tons of money on unnecessary appointments and even allows you to experiment with total confidence.
Of course, CreaClip isn’t just for your own use. Parents are finding it especially useful these days as well!
3. Get creative with your hairstyle to accommodate the extra length.
If you’re not used to having longer hair, it may feel a bit strange. But with a bit of creativity, you can turn those unexpected inches into a brand new look.
“Pull your hair into a ponytail or clip it back into a messy bun,” says Troy Brown of B’Inspired Studio. “Or style it with a pretty hairband or cover it with your favorite hat.”
4. When cutting your hair, don’t wet it – leave it dry.
This can be an issue of personal preference, but most hairstylists suggest cutting your hair dry. There’s good reason, too!
“I prefer people to do them dry,” says Kathryn Mercury of Haven Hair Salon. The reason? When your hair is dry, you can see the true length. If your bangs are wet, you might cut them too short because of “the shrink factor'”.
5. Don’t be afraid to call your hairstylist.
If you’re planning an at-home cut, consider calling up your hairstylist for advice – especially if you always go to the same person. They’ll know your hair better than you do, so they can give you key tips to avoid disaster.
Some are even offering (sanitized) kits for at-home services, which they’ll deliver to your door! At the very least, they’ll be happy to hear from you.
6. Coloring at home is entirely possible – but don’t go crazy.
Now is not the time to get experimental… but you can definitely color your hair at home! Just stick to within a few shades of your natural color, wear clothes that you don’t mind ruining with dye, and perhaps stick to the roots (and leave highlights for later).
This is another situation where calling your hairstylist could be a smart move. Celebrity hairstylist Tracey Moss recommends you contact your hairstylist to get tips on home coloring.
If you can’t reach your stylist, Moss suggests sticking with trusted brands and keeping it simple. “Research the brand of your choice for tips and make sure you have all of the supplies needed to color your hair,” she says. “Be sure to do a hair strand test and follow the manual directions.”
Alright, that does it for today! The big lessons here are:
- Above all, don’t worry if you’re not looking your best. It’s okay – we’re all in the same boat.
- Maintaining your hair at home is much easier when you have a specialized tool like CreaClip.
- Stick to simple trims and don’t go crazy with colors.
- Your hairstylist can probably help you, even remotely.
What do you think? Do you have any home hair care tips you’d like to share? Be sure to post them in the comments section below!