How to cut your hair at home with step-by-step instructions as hairdressers stay shut – The Sun

AS THE UK enters its fifth week of lockdown, attempting to keep our hair in check is becoming ever more difficult.

And with the news that hairdressers will have to remain shut for SIX more months, more people than ever will be entirely dependent on their own skills without the aid of professionals.

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Many people are trying DIY haircuts during lockdown with little to no success, but don't fret as celebrity stylist Ricky Walters shared his secrets for mastering a coronavirus quarantine trim with Fabulous in this simple step-by-step guide.

How to trim your hair in four easy steps

STEP ONE 'SECTION': On dry straight hair, comb and section into a centre parting. Continue this parting all the way down past the crown and down to the nape of the neck. Then split the hair into quarters and clip up the hair in front of the ears, out of the way.

At the back of the hair, either side of your parting, draw a line horizontally leaving you with an inch section thick and clip the remaining hair up and leave down your inch section. This will be the hair you are going to cut.

STEP TWO 'COMB': Taking the hair from your inch section, comb it all so it's knot free then take an area in the centre. Once again comb the area so it falls naturally straight down. Use your comb as a ruler and take off the desired amount.

STEP THREE 'CUT': Start to include more hair from your clipped up section and repeat the process taking one inch slices and combing the hair straight down. The hair you cut previously will act as a guide. Once it feels even continue to the sides.

STEP FOUR 'REPEAT': Taking an inch thick slice sectioning from your original parting above the ear towards the face and clipping up as you go. Use the hair you see at the back as a guide. Repeat this until no more sections left.


What to consider if you have curly hair?

Like anything in life, this guide it's not one size fits all and Salon64 owner Ricky warned those with curly hair should tackle their trim differently to those with straight locks.

The salon owner told Fabulous: "Curly hair when wet is massively different to once it is dry.

"If you have curly hair your hair will ping up and look far shorter once dried into its usual curl. This means you can go from Brian May to Lionel Richie in seconds!"

He suggested those with curly-hair should refrain from trimming their locks after the hair has been tied up in a tight bun, which stretches the curls.

Before pulling the trigger on your scissors, lift the curl up to the position you would like it to sit and check in the mirror if this looks good.


Instead tackle your curls when dry, and "think about the shape you want to create".

He said: "Before pulling the trigger on your scissors, lift the curl up to the position you would like it to sit and check in the mirror if this looks good. Perhaps even go a little longer as a safety net."

He added that "curly hair is very badly behaved even at the best of times and loves to play tricks on you" so refrain from getting too scissor happy.


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The hairstylist, who tends to Laura Whitmore's mane, added: "For those with very curly hair don’t use a comb. Curly hair should be cut as visual as possible.

"Very similar to trimming a hedge, just shape where needed by picking up curls in your hands and taking a little off the length.

"Try to point your scissors down so you cut at an angle and not straight across as this can leave heavy lines."

What to consider if you have wavy hair?

Echoing Ricky's advice, Kerry Mather, owner of KJM Salons in Fleet, Hampshire, explained that those with wavy hair should "style it as you would normally wear it" before cutting.

She told Fabulous: "Then with the sharpest and smallest scissors you own (and never a razor) gently nibble at the ends of your hair. Take the tiniest amount off – remember this is just a tidy up to get you through this period of lockdown until salons re-open.

She added: "It will be a challenge, so don’t be too ambitious and attempt to replicate what your hairdresser does."

But if you're adamant about trimming it, she suggested positioning "as many mirrors around you as possible and never cut anything you can’t see".

What to do if you need to trim your fringe?

Hairdressing tutor and former Apprentice finalist Charleine Wain previously shared her tips with Fabulous on how to trim your fringe.

The stylist said to wash and towel-dry your hair before brushing the fringe down towards the eyes into a triangular section.

Then take an inch-wide section of fringe and comb it before letting your fingers slide towards the end of the hair to the bridge of the nose between the eyebrows.

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Charleine said: "Repeat these steps – moving to the right and left of the fringe section, cutting with scissors held sideways, working all the way left then all the way right and cutting a bit at a time."

If you are taking maintenance into your own hands, you can now cut your bloke’s hair at home in lockdown with the help of a pro barber via a £15 video appointment.

In other beauty news, here's how to dye your hair at home – best boxed hair dyes to get that salon fresh look.


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