3 Tips for Doing Hair at Home (or Not)

Just before the Covid19 social distancing order, I had gone on a self-care kick. It seemed that the stressful situations my family was facing were over and a spa day would help relieve the tension I was still carrying. Who would have thought that this stay at home order would last more than two weeks? I am so glad now that I took that time to do my hair and “fill my cup” before this forever-quarantine. 

When I feel ugly, I struggle with depression. I know I’m not the only one.

Casual clothing isn’t a problem for most of us; we like staying at home in our sweats. A bad-hair day, on the other hand, can make many women struggle with confidence and cheerfulness. 

It’s now been more than a month since the salons have closed. Roots are showing, bangs are blinding, ends are splitting, and people are feeling less than beautiful. A lot of people are asking: 

How do I cut /color my own hair?

My professional answer, of course, is, “DON’T cut your own hair!” Unless your hair is strong and short, I don’t recommend coloring it, either. I don’t say this out of pride, but but because it’s really not possible to do hair correctly with eyes below and arms reaching above your head.

If you have someone at home with you who is willing to give it a try, then here are my (over-simplified) hairdresser tips:

  1. Do one section at a time. Comb the hair smoothly at the angle it would fall naturally. Clip hair you are not cutting or coloring out of the way.
  2. Use quality tools. Hair shears are expensive and not typically found in the house, but in order to avoid causing your ends to shatter and split, make sure your scissors are sharp. Professional tools make a cleaner coloring job as well.
  3. Use the proper technique. As you cut each section, be sure you are pulling the blades toward the shear’s pivot instead of pushing the blades into the hair or you will cause bumps in the line you create. Use your first section as a guide in cutting the next section so that the hair stacks up nicely. When coloring, take one small section at a time and be careful to apply the product only on the virgin hair in order to prevent discoloring or breakage at the overlap.

As a sympathetic self-quarantined gal, I get it, I’m almost ready to give my daughter my shears. But honestly, I think the best advice is: WAIT. If you, like me, feel your bad-hair-days don’t outweigh the risk of having your daughter give you  a “butch job”, here are my tips for holding on until post-quarantine:

  1. Wear a pony or hat. (yea, oversimplified, I know, but check out this blog  on how wearing a hat can help you defeat depression)
  2. Treat it well. Healthy hair is far easier to manage. Essential oils are a great option for bringing life back to your hair.  (Follow this link, or contact me about ordeing EOs at wholesale.) 
  3. Set a date. You may be at a pain-point in your style right now, but, if I’ve learned anything in my 34 years of hairdressing, it is that once you make an appointment, you may actually decide you prefer longer hair.

All that being said, I know the value of a self-care kick. If you do decide to take a chance on the wild side to help relieve the tension of cabin fever, I’d love to see your new hairstyle! Please tag me in your photo on Facebook or Instagram.

For tips on hairstyles that compliment your personal style, find my  Pinterest boards or take my FREE quiz and learn your Image Identity. (Just click here).

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