“It shouldn’t be so hard,” you told yourself standing in front of the mirror, holding the pair of rusty kitchen scissors. Due to the quarantine, your corner hair salon is dubbed a non-essential business (who would do that?!) Which means your hair isn’t getting professional treatment any time soon.
But the locks are down! And some people have had enough. After all, spring is the right time to freshen up those looks and the self-isolation haircut is the only service available. The result is hilarious DIY haircuts, from plain bad to "interesting," compiled in Bored Panda’s list below. Don’t forget to upvote your favorites! Been here, done that? Tell us in the comments!
It’s Called The “Corona”
My Kiddo Cut His Hair Yesterday, Then Agreed To Let Me Have A Little Fun With It Before We Fixed It
Bored Panda contacted La Boutique hair salon based in Sydney and asked their team if it’s a good idea to give yourself a lockdown haircut.
Senior hair stylist Joelene Booth told us that “there’s a reason that people go to study hairdressing for 3 years before they're even allowed to work on their first client and spend their whole life working at improving their craft.” She believes that a good haircut is not something you can learn from a Youtube "how-to" video.
On the other hand, we are now living in unprecedented times. Joelene said that “there are a few tricks hairdressers can teach you to help tide you over until you’re able to see them next, like trimming your bangs.” First, do not bulk cut your hair—instead, try cutting bits at a time. Second, go millimeter by millimeter and don't cut straight lines. "To do this, you use point cutting, which is where you hold the scissors vertically, not horizontally."
According to Belinda Jeffrey, the award-winning hair colorist and owner of La Boutique, cutting your dead ends isn’t a priority. “Use this time for treatments to repair the damage from styling and colouring to get it in the best condition you can for when you can return to your normal routine.”
Most importantly, remember that it’s just a haircut. Joelene said “not to worry about making a mistake, the hair will grow back before you know it.”
Today My Partner Learned That You Shouldn’t Put Off A Haircut Until The Apocalypse When The Only Person Left To Do It (We’re In NYC) Is Your Girlfriend Who Has Never Even Trimmed Her Own Ends. He Calls This Look “Cambodian Garbage Hitler.”
In an interview with Bored Panda, Ryan Forsythe, Senior Director and Head of Education at Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden, London, said that it’s better to leave your hair to pros.
“We’ve all suffered bad home haircuts as kids and those scars run deep. After 2 months, your hairdresser will have more hair to play with and who knows—you may want to take your style in a new direction.”
The enforced time in quarantine is an excellent opportunity to give your hair a much-needed break from blow-drying and styling tools. “Give it the love it needs with the appropriate treatments—moisturising, strengthening/repair. Now you have the time to let products do their work,” Ryan told us.
Have you ever wondered how professionals trim their hair during the quarantine? Well, it turns out, a little goes a long way. “As a guy, the most I’ll do is trim and sideburns with trimmers. I’m not going anywhere so I’m happy to let it grow out a bit. I think that would be the same for most hairdressers.”
While most of the states in the US have allowed barbers and hair salons to decide whether to close for quarantine or not, the UK is now debating the prospect of shutting down all salons.
The conservative MP David Morris, who owned six hair salons himself, urged government to add salons to the list of closed venues. “Hairdressers don't wear gloves when cutting hair. It's impossible to do so," he told the Sun, “and they touch other people on average 1,000 times per haircut."
There are now 11,813 confirmed coronavirus cases and 580 fatalities in the UK. Meanwhile, the United States is now the most affected country in the world with 85,991 cases and 1,296 deaths. That's 5,402 more cases than Italy, which was previously the most severely hit country.
Joined The Club
Josh Went For The Full-On Bowl Cut
Sometimes, an urge to change one's appearance has to do with changing situations amid stressful times. One hairstylist, Ruby Jones, said she “shouldn’t be surprised if I have a lot of clients booking appointments for big changes for post-pandemic haircuts.”
Some of us are doing that at home already. In the end, it’s a painless way to experiment a bit without getting awkward looks from people on the streets.