Social Distancing Survival Guide: How to Trim Your Hair at Home

Posted May 7, 2020 by in Beauty

Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic getting stronger by the day. According to experts, social distancing for as long as possible is the best way to protect yourself. Therefore, you should be prepared to miss quite a few salon visits in the future.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should skip trims entirely. As you should already know, they are essential for maintaining the health of your hair. Therefore, learning how to trim your hair at home has become an essential task for many of us.

And when we say trim, we mean a trim. Definitely do not attempt an entirely new hairstyle during this time. Without further ado…here is how to trim your hair at home:

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How to Give Yourself a Trim at Home: Tools

The good news is anyone can do it. But you need to remember to be very careful and also use the best kinds of tools you can afford. Do not forget that the problem with social distancing is that you are denied not only the services of a professional but the facilities as well.

Even without the stylist, there are many perks to using professional salon workstations. They include great lighting and having all tools you need within easy reach. The quality of the tools you have available also matters.

Obviously, very few people can afford to buy professional equipment to only use it a few times at home. Therefore, if you don’t own top-grade scissors already, you’ll have to settle for what you do have. And if you have none, do your research. You need it to be sure that if you buy a cheap product, you at least buy a good one.

The most basic tools you will need to trim your hair at home are:

  • Professional shears (use a cheap non-brand product if you have to but NEVER cut your hair with kitchen scissors!)
  • Comb (you’ll need a wide-tooth one for curly hair and fine-tooth for straight)
  • Mist spray bottle (or at least water spray)
  • Clips (use to separate hair into sections)
  • Towel (cover your shoulders to catch the falling hair)

Home Trimming: Dry or Wet?

You should always start your home trim with your hair completely dry. You can blow out straight hair. However, if your hair is coarse or curly, it would be best to let it air-dry naturally. The point is to let your locks take their natural shape. This way, you’ll see exactly where you need to trim.

Then, you’ll be able to proceed using clips and wetting separate sections of hair if necessary to get a clean cut.

How to Cut Your Hair at Home Without Regretting It

  1. With your hair divided into sections, use a comb to pull a lock creating maximum tension.
    EXCEPTION: when cutting curly hair, avoid creating tension at all. Carefully take a lock and trim only the ends.
  2. Hold shears horizontally to cut in a sharp straight line. Keep this in mind when deciding on the sizes of your hair sections.
  3. Always cut less than you think you should. Trim no more than a half an inch at first. If after a few days you decide it’s not enough, you can repeat.
  4. Go slow!

Today you can use a variety of helpful videos to learn how to cut your hair at home. You should definitely look up several of them for your specific hair type. 

The most important rule to remember is that you should stick to trims instead of actual haircuts. This means that you might need to do this more often. However, it’s better to maintain the shape you have with minimal fixes than to try and cut overgrown hair on your own.

What About Natural Curly and Highly-Textured Hair?

If you have natural hair beyond 3C, you should cut it when it’s either air-dried or well-saturated (but not dripping). Textured hair will be easier to cut when it’s a bit wet but it’s not necessary.

To get the best results, trim the ends of each individual curly lock separately. This will take some time and would be much easier to do if you ask someone for help.

How to do Perfect Bangs at Home?

For bangs, the rule of thumb is to follow your current line exactly. Also, remember to cut less. They won’t grow back fast enough if you mess up and fixing a bad cut in this area is nearly impossible without a professional’s help. Therefore, you should start with other parts of your hair and only proceed to bangs when you feel more sure of yourself.

We hope this social distancing quarantine guide helps you to not have a hair disaster.