Do you shave it or save it. Experts answer the 11 biggest lockdown hair questions

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Do you prefer to cut your hair yourself, or should you cover your roots and forgo shampooing for the next few months? What about growing your pubic hair? This article will cover everything you need about home grooming

You might think that a quick back and sides is the most important thing in the midst of a global crisis. You would be wrong. People from Phillip Schofield to Malala Itsafzai around the globe have not been disengaged physically. They continue to reach for the scissors with varying degrees success.

Here are some points to remember.

Do you have to cut your hair yourself?

Regular appointments are recommended by hairdressers to maintain your hair’s health and keep your cut looking great. It is no surprise that many people want to continue this practice. However, most stylists will tell you to not do it.

Keri Daniel, owner of Danique Hairdressing, Leicester, says, “I feel sorry that all the stylists will have to deal with a lot more DIY disasters.” If you absolutely have to, it is worth spending on the right tools. Even a professional stylist would struggle to achieve a great result with kitchen scissors. Cheap hairdressing scissors, cutting combs and razors can be purchased online. They’ll provide a better result.”

What about fringes?

It’s not fun to be poked in your eye by your fringe. Most fringe-wearers have tried DIY trimmings. However, if this is your first time, it is best to cut up, not down, and to use only the tips of scissors. Daniel says that he recommends using a wide-toothed comb to pull the hair down to the eyebrows, and then lift it slightly [before cutting]. The fringe can be lifted slightly to give it some texture and a more natural look. Even if you make a mistake, it is unlikely that it will look terrible.

Do you want to shave the entire thing?

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Some people, such as David Beckham and Riz Ahmed, have decided to just lop off their hair because the barbers and hairdressers are closed. Although it looks great, it’s not as easy as you might think.

Jamie Stevens, celebrity stylist and salon owner, says that it is important to ensure that the guard that you attach to the clipper is properly secured. Otherwise you could accidentally go from grade four to grade zero. You may think that you can do grade three over all, but the parietal bone and the occipital bones [towards back of the head] protrude a little, and it will begin to take on a strange shape a few days later because these areas should be tapered.

Do you better to do it yourself, or should you let someone else do it?

Daniel advises, “Think about what is best for your family. Because you have to live alongside these people.” Hairdressers, like most professionals, have a way of making their job seem easier than it actually is.

Stevens says, “If you want to cut your hair yourself, you will need one mirror in front of you and one behind.” I’ve seen people use their phones but it can be a little tricky as you have to hold the comb, scissors, and clippers. If you need help, get it.”

How can you cut children’s hait?

Kelly V, owner of Pixal-Rose Hair Design in Swindon, says that children don’t like sitting still and are the biggest problem when it comes to cutting their hair. She suggests keeping them busy with a tablet or a good book. A simple haircut with a clipper is recommended for short hair. She suggests that you cut long hair with a clipper. Do not attempt to do anything too extreme.

How about your roots?

This could be the most obvious sign that you need to make a trip the salon. However, there are better options than home-dyeing.

Stevens says that a zigzag parteing can hide a regrowth line. Depending on your hair colour, mascara can also be used to cover greys. Our you can be more playful: “We added a glowing green feather to one of the parts. It looked like Billie Eilish’s green roots.”

Kelly V believes that DIY dyeing can be problematic for those with blond hair who change to brunette to prevent root regrowth. She says that the trend is to dye your hair cool and ashy brunette colors. However, this will make your blonde hair look khaki. To get the desired colour, you will need to choose a dye with a lot red tones. Always do a patch test.

Daniel recommends visiting the salon’s website and learning about their products before you invest in them. She adds that you might be able buy them from the salon. This can be a great way of supporting them while they are closed. “Dyes you buy at the supermarket may not be professional and can make it more difficult to color in the future.”

How to care for your afro hair?

Stevens, who is a specialist in afro-hairstyles, says that an inch of growth doesn’t really make a difference. It’s easier to hide that your hair is past due for a haircut. “Although relaxed hair will have curly roots and a more natural look, I wouldn’t recommend using a home relaxant as you will end up with snappage. It is possible to do it with straightening irons but that would take a lot of time. You should just wear your hair down.”

What happens if you are out of shampoo or conditioner and can’t find them in stores?

Get out of the chains of commercial haircare and join the “no-poo” movement! It is an option, but it is not the only one. The lockdown allows you to avoid the initial greasy phase in relative privacy. Stevens says that shower gel can be used as a substitute for shampoo in extreme cases, and coconut oil, mayonnaise, avocado, or coconut oil can be used to replace conditioner. Daniel says that you can see the ingredients of branded products to get an idea about what other options are in your kitchen. You are likely washing your hair more than you should.

Do you really need to wash your hair so often when there is no one around?

Daniel says, “Realistically speaking, you don’t need to wash hair more often than once per week unless you are doing some kind of sport or have a job at a kitchen.” This may seem like a lot of work for those who wash their hair every day. She assures me that it is possible. To give your hair a lift, you can spray it with water and then blow-dry it again. If you are able, avoid straighteners. You can wear your hair up after the fourth day. Unwashed hair can be given a little more life with texture sprays and dry shampoo. It’s a great time to spend time with family and friends.

How about body hair? Is it time to get rid of it?

Professionals are often the best people to remove body hair, especially pubic hair. Waxing your bikini line, while easy to do on your own, is a different matter. Is it time to be natural? Dr Chloe Butler is the founder of the Chloe Edit Clinic in Worcestershire. She says that she has received many inquiries from clients at the halfway point of their laser hair removal course asking for advice. “Do-it-yourself waxing is not recommended as it can prove difficult unless you have the right equipment. Butler says that while trimming pubic hairs may seem simple, some people are better off letting it go. “You may even discover you prefer your new look.”

Butler says, “Make the right decision based on your skin type and hair texture. Not on what is trendy.” You may be more susceptible to ingrown hairs and a rash if you have thicker hair follicles. Oily skin can lead to irritation and blocked pores. Dry skin is more susceptible to tearing and tends to be thinner.”

Do you think now is a good time for hairstyle experiments?

Stevens recommends that men grow their hair longer or have a beard, rather than shave their heads. Stevens suggests that you order a wig online if you’re tempted to do a complete hairstyle. Walk aroud the house and note how you feel, how your family and friends react when FaceTiming with you.

Daniel believes that other trends will emerge after the lockdown, apart from the buzzcut. It’s exciting for hairdressers. It’s possible to get your grey hair coloured or to go from a very dark blonde to a natural color.

Stevens says, “Ultimately, just chill out.” “Embrace your new locks and, if you really feel that bothered, wear a scarf or a hat.”

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