DIY haircuts in lockdown
The lockdown will create many DIY hair disasters for the hairdresser to rectify when we can escape the confines of our homes. From dodgy fringes and bangs, to clipper cuts and trims that have gone too short and wonky and don’t get me started on home colour. I could write a whole chapter on box colours! But if you really can’t wait to visit your highly trained hair professional there are some rules you can follow that could prevent a disaster.
Every head of hair is unique so it is important to take a look at how the hair grows before you take the scissors to it. The main areas of concern and that can cause the most problems, are the nape hairline, front hairline, the crown, amount of root lift, natural partings, how curly the hair is. If you cut hair too short on any of these areas the hair will stick out in all the wrong directions. So look at the head of hair in front of you and assess any potential danger zones.
Once you have assessed the hair you need to decide if your cutting wet or dry. The most important thing to remember when cutting wet hair is that wet hair stretches, which means as the hair dries it shrinks and becomes shorter. Wet hair also binds together making any cutting guidelines more visible. Cutting dry hair is better for texturising a style or using clippers.
Now, let’s think about the tools you are going to need to create a professional cut. The three main tools are:
Scissors. These shouldn’t be the ones you cut your toenails with or use in the kitchen or heavens forbid decorate with. These should be a pair of hairdressing scissors with extremely sharp blades. Go online and find a reasonably priced hairdressing set to get you started. Once you own a pair of hairdressing scissors guard them with your life as you need them to remain sharp.
Clippers. For most male cuts clippers are a great option. Choose a set that comes with graded guards. This will allow you to start longer and go shorter if need be.
Comb. You will need a cutting comb. A straight comb with wider teeth one end and narrower teeth the other.
Section Clips. These enable you to control the hair while cutting.
Now you have the correct tools where do you begin? The easiest way is to check out our YouTube channel and watch our instruction videos or follow the golden rules:
Golden Rules of DIY Hair:
Section, section, section. Divide the hair into sections so you can control the hair while cutting. Pin the hair your not cutting out of the way.
Start long and go shorter. Decide what needs to be cut, half it and start there. You can always cut more off.
Go slow and steady. Take each section one at a time. Think about where you heading before you go to the next stage. Speed will just run you into trouble.
Where to next?
Get in touch if you need further advice on DIY hair cuts. We would be happy to talk you through a cut via a virtual hair appointment