Cut your own hair at home while salons are closed during lockdown with Jamie Stevens’ top tips


THE shops are due to reopen soon but hairdressers are still on lockdown  . . .  or should that be locksdown?

Meanwhile it seems we have gone DIY with our hairdos, with John Lewis recently reporting sales of hair clippers had soared by 229 per cent.

Many Brits have been attempting to snip their own hair during lockdown


So how should you tackle the job of snipping it yourself?

I spoke to celebrity hairdresser and Lorraine TV show regular Jamie Stevens, who shared his tips . . .
DON’T GET TOO BRAVE: Jamie says: “I have to stress that I really don’t advise cutting your own hair at home, but if you do, just go for a maintenance trim, don’t do anything drastic.

“Hair should be clean but completely dry — wet hair will change shape and become shorter when it dries. Have a mirror at the right height — you shouldn’t be bending or leaning to see your reflection.

“Watch as many ­YouTube tutorials as you can to become familiar with what you’re aiming to do before you start.

“When you’ve decided where to cut your hair, go a bit longer — you can always cut more off but you can’t put it back.

“Be aware that if you pull hair taut to cut it, it will jump back up, especially if you’ve pulled it tight over your ears.

“Trims are the only viable cut to do on yourself as you can follow the lines your hairdresser has put in.”

STAY SHARP: Jamie says: “You need really sharp scissors. You can get proper hairdressing scissors online, or at a push, nail scissors will do for a fringe trim. For men’s hair, you want clippers as well.”

A set of two Salon Professional Barber hair cutting and thinning scissors on Amazon is just £7.58 — far cheaper than single sets of shears sold at Capital Hair & Beauty for £13.95.

Cut your own hair at home while salons are closed during lockdown with Jamie Stevens’ top tips

FRINGES: Jamie says: “Only cut the bits of a fringe area that need it. Never take a section wider than the recession area — everyone has this, even women, where the hair recedes on each side.

“Take a tiny bit each time, and don’t chop your scissors in a straight line, tilt them so they are slightly slanted but practically vertical. This will give you a softer finish.”

MEN: Many men have shaved their heads in lockdown and Jamie says: “If you’ve let it grow again and want to tidy it up, get someone else to do it if you can, and ­clippers are safer than scissors.

“Try to just tap the corners of the clippers above and around the ear, don’t go in with the full length of the blade or you’ll cut too much.

“Don’t worry about the back — no one will see it on Zoom. Seriously, not even hairdressers cut their own hair.”

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