Why you should avoid cutting your own hair during lockdown

Why you should avoid cutting your own hair during lockdown

Step away from the scissors! Advice from Debi who works at the College’s Salon Fifty.

We nearly all tried it as children, myself included – give a child a pair of scissors and once bored of what they are using them for, they decide to play hairdressers! It normally ends with a crying mum and a child who doesn’t know what all the fuss is about. Even more scary is a mum who thinks she doesn’t need to join our hairdressing course and can cut her child’s hair after watching a video of a hairdresser at work on Facebook or YouTube…

As adults, we mostly realise that it’s best to leave our locks to the professionals, but during times like these when all hairdressers are forced to close to help contain the spread of the virus, many of you will again be reaching for the scissors.

Step away and wait!!

A few facts to help you think, before becoming the next Vidal Sassoon or Nicky Clarke and trying out your hair cutting skills on yourself, friends and loved ones!

  • Hair grows on average half an inch a month. That means that even if, worst case scenario, we are in lockdown for the full 12 weeks, your hair will only have grown around an inch and a half.
  • Hair needs cutting to keep it in shape, every four to six weeks. Try to hold out and leave it at least that long. Hopefully your hairdresser will be back open again quickly to cut it for you.
  • If it’s annoying you, clip your fringe back to stop it falling forward.

If you have a straight fringe and it gets to the point where you can stand it no longer, then follow these guidelines:

  • Make a fine line at the front of your natural hairline, where you would want your fringe to be.
  • Comb this hair forward over your face and wet the section – clip the rest of the hair out of the way.
  • Let the hair fall straight down from the base of the section.
  • Do not lift the hair, cut freehand, with no directional pull on the hair.
  • Do not cut past the outer corners of your eyes and no shorter than the bridge of your nose. Your hair will bounce up and be too short if you cut in line with your eyebrows. Any further than the corners of the eye and you will end up with what is known as a bowl cut!
  • Keep taking fine sections across your head and combing down, with no lift and cutting just under your guideline. Keep doing this until your fringe is complete.

This is all I advise you to attempt – please leave anything else to your professional hairdresser, we’ll be back before you know it!

Lady having a bad hair day