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The Hairdo’s And Don’ts Of DIY Cuts

The stage of lock down where you’d look in the mirror at your bushy head and think ‘ah well, who’s going to see me anyway?’ are slipping away as we move into a new era.  

This new era is much more confronting. This is the era where you look in the mirror and think ‘It’s me who has to see this… I have to see this day after day and it’s only getting bigger… Is it a mop or a mullet; could it be both?’

For many Australians it’s still not possible to get to the hairdressers; the salons in Melbourne aren’t even open. Sometimes you catch your reflection and think scissors wouldn’t even cut it anyway, maybe garden sheers would work, and then you remember Bunnings is closed too.

Months have passed now and us “yeti people” can’t take it anymore, we are turning to the scariest DIY out there (apart from assembling anything with drawers from IKEA) – cutting your own hair.

But before you do order a click and collect hedge trimmer from Bunnings there are some things to consider. Here are some do’s and don’ts for getting your DIY haircut and colour right:

DO CONTACT YOUR HAIRDRESSER BEFORE COLOURING

Chances are they are even more bored than you are and would be happy to advise. Any hairdresser will tell you to avoid using box dyes so it might be best to ask if there is a particular pre-made colour they would recommend in these dire (get it?) times. Some salons are even doing take-away dyes which they can mix up just for you.

It is also best to match to your natural or existing colour and avoid doing your whole head, rather just touch up the roots where new ISO stress greys are showing.

DON’T GO STRAIGHT FOR DYE

In saying that, heading straight for the hair dye may not be the best option for you. Dyed hair can be hard to get right and hard to upkeep, plus who knows when salons will be back open and not booked out. A hot tip is to get some colour-tinted dry shampoo. Like the dye, the colour tint will mask grey roots and the dry shampoo will give volume, hiding many of these anyway!

DO BUY A HAT

Spring has sprung and sun safety is all the rage. Before attempting a cut, why not just hide some of that unruly hair under a hat. You could even order a custom hat with the text “my hair is great, trust me!” so no-one is the wiser.

DO GET DEMI-PERMANENT

If you are going to resort to a box dye, some are better than others. Look for boxes that say ‘demi-permanent’. These dyes have far less peroxide which is much better for your hair.

DO JUST A LITTLE

Now is not the time for hair reinvention. We barely remember what other people look like so you could step out of ISO with the bare minimum upkeep and we are going to be impressed. You owe it to hairdressers to let them cut your sexy new bob rather than fix your accidental bowl cut. Trim, trim, trim. If you’re lucky enough to be in lock down with someone else, get them to help you out with slicing a little off the back.

DON’T CUT YOUR OWN FRINGE

This is a pre-lockdown rule too but always good to be reminded. Don’t do it! You are bold and in control without it – trust us! You don’t want to be looking at your forehead daily and thinking that you need to flatten that curve as well.