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When so many things in life are feeling static, a small change can make a difference.
And your hairdresser knows that. In fact, your hairdresser may be feeling the same way as you.
These extended days at home can be extremely stressful, but not all of that stress manifests the same way. For some, vices may arise. For others, new hobbies may develop. But sometimes, there’s another nagging feeling: a feeling that you need to change your reality, or at least your disposition.
Dazed Beauty had a great point a while back in this article: getting a haircut can feel like a release. You are literally removing weight from the top of your body – which can provide all-over relief.
The reality is that it will likely be a bit before hair salons can reopen. And in that time, hair continues to grow. It’s a comforting reminder that time is, in-fact, passing, but it can also get in the way. Homegrown mullets, shaggy bangs, and dead ends may become frequent annoyances. So annoying, in fact, that you’ll want to take matters into your own hands. And when you take matters into your own hands, we’ll understand.
Your hairdresser promises to not shame you for what you do to your hair during this time. Changing your hair can be a radical act of self love. If you need to feel autonomous and in-control right now, like so many of us do, then do what you need to do to feel better – your hair will be fine.
Sometimes, what matters most is simply maintaining appearance. It can be frustrating to lose those whom you rely on for care that makes you feel beautiful and confident. If the scissors are calling your name, go to them. We’ll help you get through this remotely – even if it might be a little tricky.
Your hairdresser also wants you to know some basics before you hop in front of the mirror. As those with children will know, DIY haircuts can take a turn easily. The first thing to remember when cutting your hair yourself is to take things slow.
If you have bangs: low and steady is the key. Section your bangs off to their normal fall. Try not to elevate your bangs when holding them in your fingers to trim. Hold them as close to their natural fall as possible. Trim very small amounts off with a point cutting technique until they’re at your desired length.
Try point cutting. Point cutting means cutting into the hair rather than cutting straight across and blunt. If you’ve seen any bad at-home bang trims, it’s likely because they cut straight across blunt. Make sure to cut your bangs where they naturally fall. If you elevate your bangs by holding them up where you can see them, you’re more likely to go shorter than you intended.
If you have a short hair cut: Part your hair and pin it up evenly so you can easily view the sides and back of your head. This video does a great job breaking down where to part. You’ll also want to use a guard. Cut with an upward motion. Do not curve inward unless you’re going for a full buzzed look. Go up! To ensure no accidents, start with a higher guard than the end result you want. The higher the guard, the longer the hair will be, so you can get the hang of using the clippers and then go back with a lower guard to make it shorter. When cutting the top layer of hair, wetten the hair segment to cut it to the desired length on the side.
If you have curly hair: Do not cut your hair while it is wet. Try to choose a time where your hair is exhibiting its natural curl.
If you’re craving a fresh color – try to find a semi-permanent color. If you get your hair professionally colored, try to hold off on box dye if you’re fearing long-term consequences. Box dye can damage your hair if you’re not careful and color corrections can be expensive. If you do decide to color at home, take precautions to protect your hair. Consider consulting a professional for advice via social media. You can also check out shampoos that are color depositing. Viral shampoos and conditioners and GemLights shampoos are both great options.
Questions about cutting your hair at home? Vivid Rose is offering free advice via Facebook and Instagram. Just shoot us a message with your situation and we’ll help you find what’s right for your hair while you’re at home.