So, you’re thinking of cutting your own hair at home. Honestly, same.
Whether your fringe is poking into your eyes, your crunchy split ends are all you can focus on during Zoom calls, or you’re just really bored and need something fun (?) to do, giving yourself a haircut in lockdown might be something you're seriously considering.
Best case scenario, we’d all leave beauty tasks like dying your roots, removing shellac and SNS nails, eyebrow shaping and haircuts to the professionals. But if for whatever reason, you really want to cut your hair at home, do it armed with expert advice.
From cutting your fringe to trimming split ends, here’s what you need to know before picking up the kitchen scissors.
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How to cut spilt ends at home.
While no hairdresser would recommend trying to give yourself a whole new hairstyle at home, owner of Edwards and Co salons Jaye Edwards says trimming your split ends is “a great way to keep your hair healthy and to promote growth, without attempting anything too drastic while waiting for salons to reopen.”
RAW Salon’s Anthony Nadar also reckons it’s hard to go wrong trimming your ends… provided you stick to some important rules.
Here are the celebrity hair stylists’ best tips for trimming split ends (emphasis on the word trimming):
- Use a quality pair of sharp hairdressing scissors. Blunt scissors will only make your ends look wispier… plus, think of the cross-contamination.
- If you have to resort to using kitchen scissors, do everyone a favour and make sure they’re clean and sharp.
- Always trim your hair when it’s clean and dry. Trimming your hair at home wet will likely end with you taking too much off – “your stands will jump up even more when wet,” Nadar says.
- Trim your hair in front of the mirror rather than just by sight. This way, you can take stock of how you’re doing as you go along.
- You can either stick to just trimming the ends at the front you can see, or section your hair and do sections at a time.
- When you’re ready, take a small section of hair and hold the ends between two fingers.
- Instead of cutting straight across (this will end in disaster), trim by ‘chipping’ into the hair with just the tips of the scissors. You can’t go too far wrong if you do this at a vertical or diagonal angle into the strands.
- If in doubt, trim less than what you think. And don’t worry about the back unless you have someone you can trust to help you.
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If after reading that advice, you’ve decided you’d rather not trim your split ends, that’s OK.