Home hair­cuts back in fash­ion for fam­i­lies in self-iso­la­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFESTYLE -

PAR­ENTS locked up in their home wait­ing for the day the coron­avirus pan­demic is of­fi­cially over can bet they will find them­selves in a po­si­tion where they will need to cut their lit­tle one’s fast-grow­ing locks. Cue panic at­tack over the thought of a mil­i­tary-style buzz cut or un­even fringe.

With a lit­tle help from hair folks in the know, we have you cov­ered for a DIY (al­most pro­fes­sional) hair­cut at home.

Be­fore you start, make sure you have the fol­low­ing on hand to save run­ning around search­ing for items while your child gets dis­tracted and fid­gety: sharp hair cut­ting scis­sors; hair comb; hair clip­pers (if needed); a towel; a spray wa­ter bot­tle; hair clips. Ac­cord­ing to Dun­can Richards, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor at JOICO, the key to a good home hair­cut (if you can’t hold out for when you can get an ap­point­ment at your usual hair­dresser) is to make sure the child is just as pre­pared as you.

“Make sure the child is re­laxed and not over ex­cited,” Dun­can says.

“It will be dif­fi­cult for you to hold them down and you won’t be able to cut straight. Plus it can be ex­tremely danger­ous.”

Your child’s hair doesn’t need to be wet, but if it helps with a more ac­cu­rate cut. Use the spray bot­tle to lightly wet the locks. Us­ing the hair scis­sors, slowly taper the fringe us­ing one small sec­tion at a time. Then move to the top sec­tion us­ing a comb as a guide to trim the top of the head.

Once you’re happy with the amount you’ve trimmed off, gently fold the ear down and care­fully trim around it.

You should hope­fully have a nice curve around the ear.

Then move to the neck – and this is where your child needs to hold very still. Have the child look down and care­fully snip in a straight line along the neck­line.

Fin­ish off by ta­per­ing through the back. Run your comb through to make sure the hair is even.

If you’re not con­fi­dent trim­ming, Dun­can sug­gests cav­ing in to the mil­i­tary look.

“For boys, it could be a good op­por­tu­nity to have a buzz cut,” he says.

All you need for this is hair clip­pers and a towel. Start with a longer blade guide and run through the whole head be­fore mov­ing to a shorter guide each time un­til you have the de­sired look.

Cut­ting a fringe is prob­a­bly the cut that will most likely go hor­ri­bly wrong, so be pre­pared be­fore snip­ping away.

First, dampen the fringe with the wa­ter spray to help con­trol where you’re cut­ting. Hold the fringe to­gether, tak­ing a small amount off at a time. Tak­ing lit­tle bits off at a time will en­sure you don’t get to the end and re­alise you’ve cut too short.


Pic­tures: iS­tock

MAK­ING THE CUT: Be sure both you and your child are pre­pared be­fore you at­tempt a home hair­cut.

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