There are many reasons people have been shaving their heads since the public was advised to stay home and socially distance in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus and, consequentially, COVID-19. Some buzz cuts are emotionally-driven, others spring from boredom, but there’s no doubt that some are born of practicality. When we can’t visit salons and barbershops to get a professional haircut, it can feel like the only option is to just shave it all off.
You don’t have to cut your hair right now, but if you feel more comfortable with your short style staying that way, it can be done at home. We spoke to experts about what you need to give your short hair trim, and the tips you should keep in mind when attempting it on your own.
You may not have a Flowbee, but if you’ve got clippers and scissors, you should be fine. However, not just any scissors will do.
Working with just clippers? Not a problem. Using the largest clipper attachment that came with the set — usually, guard size eight — and working your way down from the top of the hair to the desired length, ending at the neck. Louden also suggests investing in a cordless beard trimmer to get the edges around your ears and neck.
“Cutting your own hair is always hard to do; However, if you can get some help, it will make it a lot easier.
Be patient and wait for someone you live with to help out with the haircut. Ask them to go over the same area a few times to ensure a cleaner cut.
But that doesn’t mean you have to accept shagginess if you’re on your own. If you don’t have that second hand to help or don’t have a second mirror, outsmart the smartphone and use the selfie camera, Use it as a mirror when doing the back of your hair in front of your bathroom mirror.
Starting with the longest guard that comes with your clipper. You can always go shorter, but you cannot put it back. From there, after separating the top of the hair from the side, Start from your hairline and work up the sides and back of the head. When you finish with your long attachment, take the next size down, going from the hairline up, but not as high as you did with the last guard.
Use a cheap makeup pencil or chalk to make the line and follow the clean line. If you don’t have either available, he says using tape as a guideline works, too, but it can be uncomfortable to remove.
Remember, there is truly no need to rush this process. Take your time, you’re quarantined and you don’t have to rush out the door for a photoshoot or catch the bus.