With the UK on coronavirus lockdown all non-essential stores are closed – including hairdressers and barber shops.
This means many have taken the plunge and cut their own hair while on lockdown, with some less than pleasant, and downright hilarious, results.
Many have allowed family members to cut their hair for them, often leaving uneven ends and unfaded hair.
Now, the folks at MoneySavingExpert.com have shared their top tips for a DIY haircut.
With the disclaimer that they can’t guarantee a Nicky Clarke hairdo and that not every type of hair will be easy to cut at home, MSE shared the dos and don’ts of cutting your hair at home.
1. Keep your expectations low
You won’t be going anywhere for people to notice really, but no one wants to walk around with a botched haircut.
2. Watch YouTube tutorials
Whether it's to take inspiration or for practical tips, you’re sure to pick something up.
MSE suggests Alpha M’s channel for shorter hair, Patry Jordan’s for longer hair, and Brad Mondo’s video if you’re looking for a hairdresser’s opinion.
3. Buy a pair of clean, sharp hair cutting scissors
It’s safe to say that these are a must.
4. Avoid anything too complicated
Simply try to replicate the style you’re already got, anything else will be too complicated and could end badly.
5. If you’ve got long hair, straighten it first
This way you can see the full length of your hair and make your decisions based on that.
6. Clip away the hair you don’t want to cut
For instance, if you don’t want to cut your fringe, pin it back so it doesn’t accidentally get snipped.
7. Cut off less hair than you think you need to
It leaves space to fix any mistakes, and you can see how you feel about the length before taking off any more.
8. Keep in mind it’s only temporary
Which means if you do mess up it won’t be for long – it’ll grow back.
9. Double check the settings on your hair clippers
For obvious reasons you’ll want to make sure your hair clippers are on the right setting. You don’t want to accidentally shave a whole section shorter than you meant to.
10. Make sure your hands are steady
There’s nothing like shaky hands to ruin a haircut.
If your own hands aren’t steady, ask someone to help.
11. Try cutting it wet
Apparently it can even out the tension in your hair and shows you the real length.