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Are you considering cutting your own hair?

If isolation means your locks are already out of control, it might be time to take matters into your own hands.

The coronavirus crisis has brought with it a whole range of small, unexpected difficulties. And one question a lot of us have been asking is, what are we going to do about our hair?

Even though we haven’t been cooped up indoors for that long, no one knows when we’ll next make it to the salon. Pair this with the inevitable boredom of staying at home, and many people have already started thinking about trimming their own locks.

A lot of men have responded to the situation by shaving their heads entirely. This is definitely a low-maintenance way of managing your hair in isolation, but it’s not for everyone.

While it’s more than acceptable to let your hair run free during this time, it might be worth considering a small trim if it gets too unruly.

There is a similar challenge for those of us who get our hair coloured by our hairdresser. Will you leave it to grow out or attempt to colour it yourself?

Cutting your own hair for the first time is a nerve-racking prospect. Is this something you will consider? Do you have any scissors? Or will you leave well alone?

Are you considering cutting your own hair?

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swaneldo
10th May 2020
0
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Already have - if you trim following the previous cut, it is not so hard. In fact, I prefer how I've cut my hair as I hate the whole process of going to the hairdresser. The trick is to not go bonkers and chop of huge chunks; trim a bit here and there and continue to do so until you get the shape you like. Let's face it, if you make a mistake, you're indoors so who's going to see it LOL.
PamelaP1
8th May 2020
0
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My husband cut the back of my hair. To my surprise he did a great job. No shaping, just a trim from the length.
Rose of Tralee
7th May 2020
0
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I’d make a right mess of it!
biker babe
7th May 2020
1
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I always cut my husbands hair, we have a kit, saves us a fortune! He has short back and sides so it’s not a problem, not some poofy hairdo! He cuts our youngest son’s, he trims mine sometimes, but I must admit I prefer our local village hairdresser, her prices are very good.
mistryp
25th Apr 2020
0
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I have two boys at home and we have just started cutting our hair at home. After a clunky start and some raised voices we have settled into trust and enjoyment of cutting our hair.

This has fostered a closer bond which we had when they were much younger. In the process we have also saved huge on barbers bills.

At present, I am not sure how this is going to go down with the barbers. However, I am sure we will get back to them when the lock down has been eased. I certainly miss the catch up with local gossips and updates on neighbourhood news at my barbers.
sparrer
24th Apr 2020
0
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I've been cutting (and dyeing) my own hair for years, whether long, short, straight, curly and everything in between. I get lots of complements and am often asked who does it. I have no formal training but have professional sets of scissors, brushes, combs etc. If in doubt YouTube and/or a friend can be very helpful. I couldn't afford to pay what hairdressers charge when with a little care and patience most people can do it themselves.
Lilleth
14th Apr 2020
0
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Not mine exactly, but my husbands. He does keep asking me, I've never cut any hair before.
Susie Cornwall
13th Apr 2020
0
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I do have a proper pair of hairdressing scissors and I’ve already started with my fringe ........ which became shorter and shorter as I kept trying to even both sides! ....... my advice would be that very little snips at a time are best!
Tr1sh
10th Apr 2020
0
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Well, if you do, remember less is more!

I decided to trim my hair and chopped off more than I planned but, fortunately, it looks fine. More by luck than judgment though!
SissieSis
9th Apr 2020
0
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Have trimmed my layers into a choppy style (by design ) and my husband goes round the bottom for me.
Messing about in the garden suits this style!
sparrer
9th Apr 2020
2
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I've cut my hair for the past 50 or so years. just got for a neaten-up about every 6 months as it's short and quite curly. I've always coloured my own hair, my hairdresser is impressed with the colour and condition, and quite taken aback when I told her I buy a colour from the £1 shop. As it's short I only use 1/2 a box to do the roots, 50p a time at home for what would cost £40 or more at a salon.
SueC62
5th Apr 2020
0
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As you might be able to see from my photo, my hair is normally short and spiky. Currently the fringe is growing over my eyes and my ears are nearly covered but due to the last good cut it's not looking too bad. I'm leaving it as it is until I can get it done professionally and at present the only scissors I have access to are a pair of dodgy kitchen scissors that won't cut paper or plastic so I'm not going to risk it! The colour is, of course, nstural ;-).
jeaniembe
4th Apr 2020
0
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Will cut the split ends myself but no colouring. Will be good to save money and go back to my true colour. Will also be interesting to see how everyone else looks after all this. I do cut my husband's hair though.
Yagala
3rd Apr 2020
2
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I am not only considering it, I already have been doing this after my wife past away 6 years ago. As the steps have taken a lot away when I was in mourning, it was just forced upon me. Barber twice a month to cut my hair on my head, cheeks and chin was getting a bit too dear for me.
Lily747
2nd Apr 2020
1
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Having read this article, I was inspired to write another poem, which I’m just finishing off now. So please do watch out for that .As for the hair? Well thank goodness only my family can see me !!
Retiredyorkie
2nd Apr 2020
3
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The thought of trying to cut my hair makes me tremble at the knees.

I have decided that I will have to have a pony tail or bunches when it gets too long. Don't think I could manage plaits - well it will give someone a laugh when they see me as they pass by at a distance.
PurpleHat
2nd Apr 2020
0
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I have been cutting my own hair for years after paying £25 for a few minutes half- hearted attention between the hairdresser primping up a bottled blonde at probably £60+.Poor value for money!!!
I too have reverted to my school child crop and light fringe., I have always had straight hair which defies being permed and never regarded myself as a beauty.
Cutting it wet with a comb to level it, a good magnifying shaving mirror and sharp scissors, it is quite easy, and doesn't look bad!
I used to cut my husband's hair as well.
Dafne
1st Apr 2020
2
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I would far rather put up with my hair going a bit straggly than risk making it look a complete mess.
KiaraR
1st Apr 2020
1
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My hair is short, styled in a crop so I think it’s at the moment going to be easy to keep it trimmed around my ears and neck but as it grows longer I don’t think that I will be able to keep it tidy , maybe buying a wig will be the answer.
PatriciaS645
1st Apr 2020
4
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Just had some toast with a well done edge. My husband said it would make my hair curl. Can't imagine why he cracked up laughing when i said I wanted to look like Cher when this is all over!!
(My hair is currently short and straight)
viking
1st Apr 2020
2
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I am slightly worried, idle hands etc. may start her experimenting on new and different colour rinses,tints,dyes and other products which could produce explosions of colours other than the normal.
However I suppose with the isolation there won't be any adverse comments, and in an emergency I might be called upon to carry out surgery to remove.
PurpleHat
2nd Apr 2020
1
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I'm thinking of going Amethyst!!!
HappyHippie
1st Apr 2020
2
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wouldn't dream of massacring my hair.... Cut my husband though!
viking
10th Apr 2020
1
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Was there much blood !!
HappyHippie
10th Apr 2020
0
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missed the s off, but been locked in with him foe almost 3 weeks... there could be blood !!!!!!
IngridM8
1st Apr 2020
1
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I’ve already stockpiled hair grips and hair bobbles (elastic bands) to sell at huge profit on the internet over the coming weeks!
IreneM87
1st Apr 2020
2
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I do have a very old pair of hairdressing scissors which may have to come back into use for me and possibly my Mum ‍♀️
KathyS28
1st Apr 2020
2
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Already had a go at trimming mine; appointment was booked for today. It's getting wild and woolly !
olivep
1st Apr 2020
2
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We're going to be so "on trend" …. hahaha
olivep
1st Apr 2020
2
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Good morning everyone, I shall keep my fringe "under control" but I do remember those pony tail days of my youth --- so am looking forward to growing my hair . hahaha
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Ha Ha... I think ponytails... will be the new in hairstyle for the foreseeable future!!
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
2
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Ponytails with a bald head are not a good look Sue!
[deleted]
1st Apr 2020
2
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2
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Doesn't it drive you mad all these stores putting up the prices...don't they realise we won't be buying them with inflated prices so they will just lose out.
blackbeard
1st Apr 2020
1
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My wife used to cut my hair but she had a stroke last October and now DIYHC (di yourself haircut)

I use an electic barber style cutter, mind you there aint much to cut but it can take around 20 minutes and 4 minutes more to cut me beard back
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Looks like you are all sorted Blackbeard!!
ecarg
1st Apr 2020
1
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I will cut my fringe but more concerning is the amount of grey hair on show.One of my good friends is my home hairdresser she will be happy she's been trying to persuade me to go grey for ages ,but I suspect she's just trying to save herself some work.
But as pointed out this is trivial in the current circumstances ,just have a pony tail.
0
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Hi Ecarg now is the time to be brave as once you get a certain amount of regrowth you realise its not all bad. I am feeling the same at the moment as well. Have you read our article on grey hair transition. https://www.silversurfers.com/entertainment-news/sharon-osbourne-debuts-new-grey-hair-how-you-can-make-the-transition/
Best wishes
Sue
Margaret Hart
1st Apr 2020
1
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Never in a million years - it takes a good hairdresser all their time to do it. Ii have very thick and course Har
bernie55
1st Apr 2020
2
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Any advice out there for those of us that live alone on how to trim the back of our heads. I think I might have to turn into a contortionist with the mirrors or eventually set the trend for 2020 as the ‘Year of the grey ponytail!’
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Hi Bernie55
Have you checked on youtube there are quite a few tutorials on cutting your own hair.
Good luck.
Sue
bernie55
1st Apr 2020
0
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Hi Sue, yes I have glanced at a few videos out of desperation! The majority are for long hair and using a rubber band. I have short hair but have stocked up with grips and slides in order to perform the intricate surgery. My hairdresser phoned me the night before to cancel my cut/blow dry plus lowlights. At least being behind closed doors no one will see my ‘Edward Scissorhands’ creation!
Lionel
31st Mar 2020
5
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I have a natural tonsure so, when the remaining hair gets too long I'll just brush it all forward and snip off the fringe.

Bit like Cadfael I'm told.

By mid Apeil I'll be sourcing a cassock and length of rope. Looking for good TV parts!
Wilf
31st Mar 2020
1
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Sounds like a plan Lionel. I hope you are your wife are well. We are fine, especially with the longer days. Back to hair cutting. I need about 2 minutes a week and that time is decreasing. If I grew it long I would look like a clown. Not a good look!
Lionel
1st Apr 2020
2
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I worked with a retired East End of London fishmonger many years ago. Joe Kolski, a Polish Jewish man with a fantastic sense of humour. He had three hairs left on the top of his head.

Every time he went to the barber he was asked if he would like it restyled!
Wilf
1st Apr 2020
0
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Brilliant!. I get a similar response from my kids when I say things like "just going to wash my hair" response from them ..."which one"
jacacc1210
31st Mar 2020
4
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I will trim my husbands hair and hope this social isolating does not go on to long before I need a trip to the hairdresser. But it is really the last thing on my mind with so many people getting ill and sadly dying alone in hospital. The main thing is we all stay well and safe at home which will help our wonderful NHS and all the staff that work there.
suie64
31st Mar 2020
1
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Luckily my lovely hairstyles called me and brought forward my appointment so I'm fine for a while at least.
GwynethC8
31st Mar 2020
1
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I'll probably let the length grow but I'll have to do my fringe at some stage and will follow advice on how to do it given in a Guardian article.
Luckily I had it cut just before the 'lockdown' so I may get away with it for a couple more weeks.
Hardly anyone sees it at the moment anyway!!
Mikehaver37
31st Mar 2020
1
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My wife cuts my hair - no worries
CaroleAH
31st Mar 2020
3
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Think I might have to have a go at my fringe otherwise I will look like a highland cow 🙂
Lionel
31st Mar 2020
2
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No Carole, a smiling, doting Dulux dog at worst, but not a highland cow! Oh no.
CaroleAH
31st Mar 2020
1
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Thank you, Lionel - you're too kind! Usually when I phone my hairdresser for an appointment I tell her that I'm looking like a highland cow and guess what was on my Christmas card last year? Yes, you have guessed - a highland cow!!! Now, I will set her a challenge and see if she can find one with a Dulux dog on for this year 🙂
Lionel
31st Mar 2020
2
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You must take a snap if she finds one and post it here in the photo gallery. I'd love to see it.

Have you seen the TV ad from the government about coronavirus? The one with Chris Witty narrating for 20 seconds. Anyone less suited to the camera I can't recall!

Take very good care Carole.
CaroleAH
31st Mar 2020
1
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Will do, Lionel. I agree about Chris Witty - he doesn't exactly inspire you with his presenting skills although I'm sure he's very good at his job and more comfortable in a laboratory than on the front-line.
Hope you and Kathryn are taking good care of yourselves. I'm going to the old fogies supermarket session at Sainsbury's at 8.00am tomorrow so had better get myself off to bed. The queue at Aldi's went round the car park this morning so I didn't bother!
Felix1
31st Mar 2020
2
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When I was younger I made several attempts to cut my own hair, disastrous. Same with chiropodist, unable to do my own nails, osteoarthritis arthritis in hands. Will look like a tramp at end of all this, if I get there!
bob scott
31st Mar 2020
3
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I think a roadside hedge trimmer would do a better job than me and my arthritic hands, I will just wait and come out the other side as a Woolly Mammoth.
Felix1
31st Mar 2020
1
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sixtyplusvat
31st Mar 2020
2
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I am naturally curly and always keep mine as short as possible because I feel the curls are ageing. However, I might just be tempted to have a hack at it if it gets too out of control as I don't particularly like the Wurzel Gummidge image!! I also colour myself and usually get the colour online. Small things I know, but I do not intend to let myself go just because I have to stay in. I put on my make up every morning and dress according to the temperature, but in ??? weeks time.....who knows!!
APW
31st Mar 2020
3
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I'm not too worried about cutting my hair, but I am concerned about my roots! I am happy being blonde not mouse! and hate the thought of looking unkempt even in social isolation, I do it for me not others as it makes me feel better.
Billythequiche
31st Mar 2020
1
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Actually, the thought had not occurred to me. My daughter usually cuts mine and did so shortly before lockdown. She uses electric trimmers and I know they can be bought at Costco quite reasonably and probably online too. For what there is, it should not be a problem.
My wife is a different matter though, she had an appointment that had to be cancelled.
A more important issue for us is our feet rather than our head. With Type 2 Diabetes, foot health is vitally important but arthritis makes self nail cutting difficult and hazardous, our three monthly trip to the chiropodist will be missed.
Lionel
31st Mar 2020
3
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My wife was a chiropodist and we trained my stepdaughter too. She makes house calls, but from Suffolk? Could be expensive.
Billythequiche
1st Apr 2020
1
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Best belly laugh of the week Lionel, thanks.
Yodama
31st Mar 2020
2
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I have shoulder length straight hair and have always cut it myself. The elastic band method may have hairdressers throwing their hands up in horror, but it looks okay to me. 😀
Silvermite
31st Mar 2020
1
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I shall snip at any stray ends as and when they appear and when it gets too long wear an Alice band. I predict a new trend so get them while you can they maybe the next panic buy!! I tried Boots website yesterday to see availability of hair dye. I was 86785 in the virtual queue. I didn’t wait.
Catton
31st Mar 2020
1
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I was due for a cut and colour the day of lockdown so that did not happen. My hair grows quickly and is very thick so although I will be tempted to cut it myself, I know It would turn out a disaster so I will leave it be and just look like a troglodyte like everyone else. Fortunately I can colour it at home if I have enough product. Hairdressers will be the first people getting customers when this is over. Getting an appointment will be a real scrum though.
ElisabethR
31st Mar 2020
1
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Not at the moment........ But a couple of months in?
MrsPat
31st Mar 2020
1
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I need a haircut now and with a three month lockdown it will look a complete mess but I will just grin and bear it. "Worst things happen at sea" as my old dad just to say.
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Hair clips first maybe before the scissors...if your hair is getting to the point of clipping up.
Ian123
31st Mar 2020
1
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I’ve none to cut. Been shaving my head for over 25 years.
Saves on Brylcreme!
Bald123
31st Mar 2020
2
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I am lucky as not one hair to cut. I have my trusted clippers and they are used weekly and will be used to keep my impeccable "hairstyle". This is the one time in my life I am delighted not to have a lot of flowing locks.
JE
31st Mar 2020
3
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Luckily I had mine cut days before lock down so should be ok for a few weeks. It depends how long this continues, but may be tempted to trim my fringe and sides. We may start to see a lot of dodgy haircuts over the next few weeks !
KarenWA
31st Mar 2020
3
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We are fortunately that our lodger is a hairstylist.
1
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How lucky are you... you must be her number one client at the moment !!
Marley444
31st Mar 2020
4
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My hair is fine at the moment as I had a cut just before lockdown, so should be ok for a couple of months hopefully. I may be tempted to trim the edges. My husband has his own clippers and one of our daughters uses them on him. He is saying that he may try himself as she is not able to visit. I have offered to do it for him, but I have never done it before so it could be interesting/amusing!
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There could be a divorce ahead if you let your wife clip your hair Marley444!!
JOHNEFF
31st Mar 2020
5
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No. I may buy a violin.
Bald123
31st Mar 2020
4
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What with the money you have saved from having your haircuts? great idea
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What with the money you save 🙂 ?

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