Lockdown Grooming – Top Tips For Cutting Your Own Hair
At the time of writing, we are currently on an unknown trajectory regarding when we will all be able to run and roam free in the streets once more. With COVID-19 still working its way so unapologetic through the human race, with its surprising resilience continuing to spread with new strains in its locker.
Essential businesses are all that is allowed to continue trading, in what seems like an endless “grounding” from your parents to remain in your house.
With this comes the hefty price of barbers, beauticians or salons being closed…which means once again, we are left to fend for ourselves with the cutting of our own hair (unless you live with one of the above).
This is the reason I decided to give my “top tips for cutting your own hair” as I decided to have a go at cutting my own…how hard could it be?
Before you take those clippers into your clammy hands, while wiping the beads of sweat off your forehead, try not to worry. I do love my hair and when its cut right, I feel like im in one of those shampoo adverts flicking my hair while the sun sets on a summer’s day. However, if my shocking attempt to cut my barnet goes terribly wrong…im more than willing to shave it all off and wait for the barbers to welcome me with open arms, once they open again.
Tools Of The Trade
All im wanting to do is trim the sides, that have me looking like Krusty the clown, while the top really only needs thinning as its looking like Worzel Gummidge (my references are a little off I know). In my eyes its not really a big job for me to pull off.
All I have to use is a bog standard set of clippers, that I use for trimming my beard, they do have different head settings and allegedly should be able to handle the job as they are meant for use on the entire body.
The other thing I have to mention is that I am going to use my bathroom cabinet to do the back and sides, as it has mirrors on the inside of the doors, which allow me to see the back of my noggin (head).
So, shall we begin?
The most important thing you should consider when cutting your own hair is that normally at the barbers, you would have say a number 1. We have all been here and got our own set of clippers, put on the number 1 and then taken a massive chunk out of the side of your head when using. So, first piece of advice is to start high, then work your way down. This is what I have done on this occasion.
I have documented the whole thing on video if you wish to watch it below? If not please read on…
Take A Seat Please…
I should explain how my hair looks before we start…
It’s a bog standard skin fade, that’s long enough on the top to brush and scrape back… I kind of modeled the look on a character from Deadpool 2 called “Cable”. It’s quite a sharp and clean cut with it being really short on the sides and long on the top.
I normally have a skin fade, but im being overly cautious here, so I start off with a 12mm head, just to test the water. It doesn’t come anywhere near the temple, bottom or middle of the back of my head but it does take about the right amount off at my parting. I pull the long hair on the top over to the side and clip away on both sides, buzz buzz buzz!
Then I opt for a 9mm head to hopefully blend in the top of the parting down past my temple and around the back. I grip the clippers with such intensity my knuckles are white, as if im on that roller coaster about to drop over the edge of the hill climb!
Would you believe it? The 9mm works a treat, I trim up past my ears and around the back of my head, maybe 2 – 2.5″ above my ear and all around to the other ear. So far so good and it seems to have blended OK thus far.
Next im attaching the 7mm head, to blend in from behind my ears to the bottom of my hairline, which again is squeeky bum time due to the fact were now going to be taking a lot of hair off. I tackle the back of my head with finesse as opposed to ferocity and I seem to have got to grips literally with the clippers. They seem to be flowing on the back of my head like a conductor guiding a wonderful orchestra with its performance. The hair is being trimmed off just as a sheep has its wool sheared in the spring and all is well.
As anticipated, the 7mm works well too and I have something resembling a passable hair do, well passable enough to tell people I cut it myself and obviously at a distance of 2m (current gov guidelines for distancing) nobody is getting close enough to examine it in detail. Don’t get me wrong, its nothing to brag about but will do until the salons open.
The final piece of this haircut conundrum requires the edges and back being tidied up, this again was a slight challenge with how I am working backwards in the mirror trying to figure out how to cut the fuzzy bits at the back at the correct angle without falling at the last hurdle. Moving tentatively and slowly I manage to maneuver the clippers and finish my own haircut without any major mishaps or massive gouges out of my hair. Result!
There’s one thing I forgot…and that’s thinning the top of my mop. To do this I pulled out the thinning scissors I had bought in the first lockdown back in March 2020, but haven’t used them. I didn’t really know what I was doing here, but I kept grabbing clumps of hair and cutting into them with the scissors, pretty much all over the top of my head and decent clumps of hair were falling to the ground here. Unbelievably, I must have completely fluked the whole process, as the weight has been taken out of the top and it looks more than passable when finished.
Something For The Weekend?
If you are considering cutting your own hair or cutting someone elses, its well worth a try but can get a little intense if you consider your hair to be quite a valuable asset, it might be worth wearing a hat until the salons open. If you have found this cheeky little post helpful or you want to share your lockdown grooming tips or grooming horror stories, please feel free to do so. I was more than willing to shave the lot off had it turned into a complete hack job, but I managed to pull it off and cut my own hair!
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