Stay-at-home haircut tips and styling tricks during the Coronavirus lock-down

The COVID-19 pandemic is as serious as a crisis gets.

Coronavirus quarantine has forced some people to take beauty routines like gel manicures and dying hair into their own hands.

But your hair. It likely hasn’t been touched by a licensed professional in at least four weeks, since salons and barbershops were among the first businesses that Alberta ordered temporarily closed.

If your hair is straight, it may be getting in your eyes. If it’s wavy or curly, it might be looking voluminous, and not in a good way.

Who's cutting their own hair?

Some people already are taking matters — and scissors and clippers — into their own hands.

Like Global News reports "The stylist’s tools of the trade have started to gather some dust as shops around Alberta stay shut amid the COVID-19 pandemic."

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Margaret Blokhuis runs her own at-home salon, Hair Spinners, and said some clients — and even strangers — are asking her to take the risk.

“Everyday. Some of them are funny. I had a good laugh after someone asked: ‘Can you do me, my extended family and all these other people? We won’t be offended if you wear a mask and come to my house!”‘ Blokhuis said.

Margaret has been trying to guide her clients through this uneasy period of personal grooming by posting tutorials about various DIY hair-cutting and styling techniques to her Instagram account. The salon’s colorists have been custom-formulating and sending hair colour to clients, then showing them on FaceTime how to do it themselves.     

But she also has more general tips for people who want to keep their hair looking presentable in the near term.

Cutting your bangs

If you have bangs and they need trimming, you might be inclined to wet them down first — but don’t.

“I prefer people to do them dry,” Margaret said because when your hair is dry you can see its true length. If you cut your bangs wet, you might cut them too short because of "the shrink factor," she said.

In addition, when trimming bangs horizontally, cutting them in small sections and cutting each section to a slightly different length will create a more natural look and add movement, versus cutting them straight across, which will result in a blunt, heavy line.

Finally, “I always encourage people to chip into them vertically to create a softer edge,” she said.

If you don’t own hair-cutting shears, they are readily available online. Margaret noted that smaller pairs are easier to handle, especially for those not used to cutting hair. Don’t, under any circumstances, cut your hair with other types of scissors — they’re not sharp enough to do a good job. “You definitely don’t want to use kitchen shears,” she said.

Giving your hair a rest

Margaret also pointed out that at this time of mostly staying at home and not having to worry about appearances, it might be best to ease up on your hair, especially if you’re someone who typically subjects it to daily styling and frequent processing.

“It’s a great time to give your hair a break and start retreating it by doing some masks and maybe wearing it more natural,” she said.

Giving your hairdresser a call

However, if you’re inclined to fuss and are under-confident about your skills, “Don’t hesitate to call your hairdresser,” Margaret said. “I would much rather talk clients through something than have them do something and hate it.”

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