Cutting hair at home: Where bravery meets amateur hour
With salons across the country ordered closed, “the world is beginning to embrace the do-it-yourself haircut,” said Chip Cutter in The Wall Street Journal. Predictably, “the results are mixed.” Some people are pulling up video tutorials on YouTube. Others are trying to minimize the damage by asking their spouses to help. But nobody is shying from sharing the sometimes hilarious results on social media. And why not? After all, as a widely shared meme has been warning, “We’re 3–4 weeks from learning everyone’s real hair color.”
Many stylists are urging people to hold off as long as possible, said Nicola Dall’Asen in Allure.com. If you choose to follow that advice, our editors recommend that you repair split ends with Pantene’s Intense Rescue Shots. If you do cut your hair, make sure it’s clean and dry first—not wet, because that’s trickier—and don’t use dull kitchen scissors, which “can leave your ends looking frayed.” Ulta.com is a good source for shears and home-cut kits.
Whatever you choose to do, don’t forget that your stylist or barber might be available to provide advice—“even a FaceTime consultation guiding you through your at-home touch-up,” said Phillip Picardi in GQ.com. “This will give you an opportunity to send them a tip via Venmo or CashApp and ensure they have income during an unsteady time.” ■