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04/16/2020 12:15:00 PM · #1
It's been 5 weeks now since I haven't worked and I know how desperate/restless my clients (and y'all) are getting...so here is some advice on at home haircuts, bangs etc...should you have a "precision" haircut - well - your just up a creek with no paddle!!! Sorry!

General Equipment:

Good Comb - with close teeth
Water Bottle - to spray/wet the hair down
Scissors - Straight Edge *
- Thinning Shears * (Blending)
Trimmer - One like you use for shaving

Start with CLEAN WET HAIR!!! You can shower off after words.

Look up a YouTube on how to cut your own hair at home - there are literally thousands of them...

Mens/Boys Basic Haircut

Ladies Bangs - Point Cutting
- Straight Blunt Bangs
- 6 Different types of Bangs

You can find decent Scissors for "at home use" for $15-30 - Go for middle of the road - don't go for the cheapest. Also - look for a "shorter" blade - 5.5" any longer and you could loose a finger (or ear)...lol

And if you find that your just not brave enough - use a headband, clip, hat or any other method for getting those bangs out of your way - cause - let's face it "who's gonna know"!!! (I really, really want emoji's!!!)

I request documentation (picture evidence) - so that I can be duly horrified/proud!!! lol

Can you tell that I'm totally bored!!! Sigh
04/16/2020 12:28:36 PM · #2
Very good advice!

I just cut my own hair this past weekend but mine's not particularly hard. I just used a trimmer with a #1 guide for the sides and then used a #3 to blend into the top which is a small bit longer. I just hope the back is even. hah.
04/16/2020 12:34:39 PM · #3
You don't want to see my hair.

04/16/2020 12:36:34 PM · #4
How do you cut hair on the back of your own head.....
04/16/2020 12:59:03 PM · #5
Originally posted by tanguera:

How do you cut hair on the back of your own head.....


yours is fairly short right Joanna? I'd use thinning shears - BC you will "shatter" your edges vs a "straight" blunt cut - if you reach to the back of your head (I'm right handed) you can pull your hair up between your fingers and "gage" the length that you want to keep (moving your hand away from your head) and lay the scissors next to your straight fingers and clip that away...it will take several strokes of the scissors - therefore creating the ragged edge that I think you wear...then work your fingers around your head.

In the front hairline (on yourself) comb your hair forward (so it is horizontal with your shoulders)...then determine how much you want to take off and "point cut" (straight) into that area by about a 1/2" - this will create a nice layer in the front and create that "shattered" look - I tend to not look in the mirror - my brain (what brain I do have) tends to fight with what my hands are doing but if I bend forward and "feel" the hair (length - usually I can see it) then I trim away - bear in mind...you can always take off more later - think small little bits

I used to cut my own hair when I worked alone - it was a short, spicy, shattered haircut - no precision involved...

By "Right Handed" - I mean that I use my scissors in my right hand - hair in the left...

Message edited by author 2020-04-16 13:01:59.
04/16/2020 01:00:02 PM · #6
2 mirrors
04/16/2020 01:01:42 PM · #7
Anyway, hairdressers are back to work in Switzerland on 27th April so I might not need to experiment ;)
04/16/2020 01:12:05 PM · #8
Lucky(?) me -- I haven't cut my hair (except trimming split ends) since 1969. The beard presents is own problem though, especially in this era of mask-wearing ... :-(

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04/16/2020 01:23:33 PM · #9
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Lucky(?) me -- I haven't cut my hair (except trimming split ends) since 1969. The beard presents is own problem though, especially in this era of mask-wearing ... :-(

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I never knew, Gen! Way cool!

04/16/2020 01:40:24 PM · #10
"Almost Cut My Hair"
I almost cut my hair
It happened just the other day
It was gettin' kinda long
I could-a said, it was in my way
But I didn't and I wonder why
I feel like letting my freak flag fly
And I feel like I owe it to someone
-David Crosby

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04/16/2020 02:26:31 PM · #11
My daughters want me to shave their head.
Much easier and I'm all for it.
04/16/2020 02:43:58 PM · #12
I cut my hair yesterday... all three of them.
04/16/2020 03:17:35 PM · #13
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by tanguera:

How do you cut hair on the back of your own head.....


yours is fairly short right Joanna? I'd use thinning shears - BC you will "shatter" your edges vs a "straight" blunt cut - if you reach to the back of your head (I'm right handed) you can pull your hair up between your fingers and "gage" the length that you want to keep (moving your hand away from your head) and lay the scissors next to your straight fingers and clip that away...it will take several strokes of the scissors - therefore creating the ragged edge that I think you wear...then work your fingers around your head.

In the front hairline (on yourself) comb your hair forward (so it is horizontal with your shoulders)...then determine how much you want to take off and "point cut" (straight) into that area by about a 1/2" - this will create a nice layer in the front and create that "shattered" look - I tend to not look in the mirror - my brain (what brain I do have) tends to fight with what my hands are doing but if I bend forward and "feel" the hair (length - usually I can see it) then I trim away - bear in mind...you can always take off more later - think small little bits

I used to cut my own hair when I worked alone - it was a short, spicy, shattered haircut - no precision involved...

By "Right Handed" - I mean that I use my scissors in my right hand - hair in the left...


Excellent. Might just give it a whirl. Would pinking sheers work?
04/16/2020 03:36:24 PM · #14
This Public Service Announcement brought to you my Janine. Thank you! I am getting shaggy and this is great information. Nearly every time I glance in the mirror I think about the great group of men and women at the neighborhood barber shop I go to. I hope they are holding up OK, and I am hoping to tip one of them generously soon...
04/16/2020 03:49:33 PM · #15
Originally posted by tanguera:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by tanguera:

How do you cut hair on the back of your own head.....


yours is fairly short right Joanna? I'd use thinning shears - BC you will "shatter" your edges vs a "straight" blunt cut - if you reach to the back of your head (I'm right handed) you can pull your hair up between your fingers and "gage" the length that you want to keep (moving your hand away from your head) and lay the scissors next to your straight fingers and clip that away...it will take several strokes of the scissors - therefore creating the ragged edge that I think you wear...then work your fingers around your head.

In the front hairline (on yourself) comb your hair forward (so it is horizontal with your shoulders)...then determine how much you want to take off and "point cut" (straight) into that area by about a 1/2" - this will create a nice layer in the front and create that "shattered" look - I tend to not look in the mirror - my brain (what brain I do have) tends to fight with what my hands are doing but if I bend forward and "feel" the hair (length - usually I can see it) then I trim away - bear in mind...you can always take off more later - think small little bits

I used to cut my own hair when I worked alone - it was a short, spicy, shattered haircut - no precision involved...

By "Right Handed" - I mean that I use my scissors in my right hand - hair in the left...


Excellent. Might just give it a whirl. Would pinking sheers work?


Ya - NOT so much - look at it this way - you invest a little into this and it's probably less than what you were paying for 1 haircut - and I'm gonna bet you'll need more than 1 haircut before this is all done!
04/16/2020 03:51:28 PM · #16
Originally posted by markwiley:

This Public Service Announcement brought to you my Janine. Thank you! I am getting shaggy and this is great information. Nearly every time I glance in the mirror I think about the great group of men and women at the neighborhood barber shop I go to. I hope they are holding up OK, and I am hoping to tip one of them generously soon...


Reach out to them - you will be amazed at how much that means to us! For our loyal clients to check in on us - mind you I'm checking in on my clients - I have a few that are very elderly and totally shut in for this fiasco - for a variety of medical reasons. It's always nice to hear from my clients...
04/16/2020 04:08:22 PM · #17
Out walking Mochi, maddening tickle on the right ear, must...fight...urge...to...SCRATCH!!! Once home and before the mirror, there they were, straggling hairs engaging in guerrilla warfare with the afore-mentioned ears. Hack, hack, hack, problem solved, and I was never a challenge to George Clooney anyway.
Thanks, Janine, for guidance in case the rest of the dome needs attention.
04/16/2020 04:31:17 PM · #18
Originally posted by streetpigeon:

Out walking Mochi, maddening tickle on the right ear, must...fight...urge...to...SCRATCH!!! Once home and before the mirror, there they were, straggling hairs engaging in guerrilla warfare with the afore-mentioned ears. Hack, hack, hack, problem solved, and I was never a challenge to George Clooney anyway.
Thanks, Janine, for guidance in case the rest of the dome needs attention.


Funny story - I'm of Russian Decent (2nd Generation) - My Uncle Pete looked like a typical balding russian mob with brow hair that could be BRAIDED!!! I came home once to Michigan (I live in Florida) and he said to me - Janine, Janine...you have to trim my hair...I said - but Uncle Pete YOU have NO hair - he said - NO, no these (indicating his brows)...ha ha - he was the sweetest man I've even known...

ETA: - Gentlemen - Don't forget to trim the brows too!!! Mind you - you might need a weedeater by now!!! Use your best judgement!

Message edited by author 2020-04-16 16:32:11.
04/16/2020 04:46:00 PM · #19
Originally posted by Ja-9:


ETA: - Gentlemen - Don't forget to trim the brows too!!! Mind you - you might need a weedeater by now!!! Use your best judgement!


Hahahaha!

I've cut our boys' hair since they were born. Have cut Hubby's for years before that.

The boys have gone away. I cut Hubby's again in this Pandemic Quarantine. But, for my own... I've only ever done my bangs and sides.

Now, though, I've done Tucker's (the dog) hair/fur.

Things are going sideways now.

04/16/2020 05:22:11 PM · #20
So if you have short hair, can you JUST use thinning shears? The straight edge scissors won’t arrive til mid June at the earliest.
04/16/2020 06:38:43 PM · #21
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Mind you - you might need a weedeater by now!!! Use your best judgement!

I once saw some guys working with a power hedge-trimmer on the end of a 12-foot pole -- you could work at a safe distance ... probably doesn't qualify as "best judgment" though ... :-(
04/16/2020 06:53:09 PM · #22
I am BALD so find a bit of oil on a soft cloth gives the pate a nice shine ..
04/16/2020 06:57:53 PM · #23
now is the time. plenty of time for it to grow before showtime.
pictures please. (I just buzzed the significant other, piece of cake).
Originally posted by Venser:

My daughters want me to shave their head.
Much easier and I'm all for it.
04/16/2020 07:13:41 PM · #24
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

So if you have short hair, can you JUST use thinning shears? The straight edge scissors won’t arrive til mid June at the earliest.


OH - well search for a different pair - again looking for a mid range (bear in mind that each pair of my sissors costs $375-550 each)...wink
04/16/2020 07:17:51 PM · #25
Originally posted by kiwinick:

I am BALD so find a bit of oil on a soft cloth gives the pate a nice shine ..


Another funny story which again includes my Uncle Pete - My parents had a very high book case as the back of our Kitchen sink and counters. My Uncle Pete came for one of his visits - he was leaning against the bookcase/cabinet and I (age 5 ish) pulled a chair up, climbed up and proceeded to ask him to bend his head forward...I took the sleeve of my shirt and "rubbed/polished" his head...then pronounced it nice n shiny..wink

Like I said - he was VERY good natured!!!
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