When lockdown was put into action in the UK on March 23, hair salons were shut immediately: the close-contact, hands-on and busy nature of the job deemed them a risk. They now look set to re-open on July 4 at the earliest alongside beauty salons and other non-essential retail stores, but that hasn't stopped us from having our locks trimmed.
A new survey of 2000 people has revealed that 7 out of 10 Brits have allowed friends and family members to cut their growing locks at home while they can’t be seen by any professionals. While a lot of us are making sure we're on waiting lists for our favourite hair stylists, and signing petitions to have them open up sooner rather than later, it seems there’s a lot to be said for those who are content with a DIY do.
Combine the facts that 45 percent of people have admitted to having their hair cut once every four weeks, and that lockdown has been in place for over eight weeks now, and DIY trimming was bound to increase.
Idealo, a UK price comparison site, conducted the research into lockdown hair cutting and found that there’s been an incredible 45500 percent soar in the sales of hair clippers since March, as Brits made the decision to cut their own hair during lockdown, unable to wait for hair salons to re-open. The data also revealed that 75 percent of those people said the haircut that followed was a success, with the majority also noting they would trust another person to cut their hair again - even once salons are open.
So, how to ensure your new 'client' is part of that satisfied group?
Beard and hair trimmer sales had more than tripled in April alone, so if you’ll be cutting a man’s hair, follow our handy guide, with tips from celebrity hair stylist George Northwood to ensure you get the best possible results. Beginners should note that clippers are trickier to handle than using a pair of scissors: different 'grades' are determined based on the clipper size so ensure you conduct a 'consultation' before you begin.
For longer hair, aim for a trim to get rid of any split ends - rather than a cut which is higher stakes and can wait until lockdown has been lifted. Northwood provided us with an easy-to-follow guide, which includes tips for trimming a grown-out fringe.
If you’re going to give it a go, it’s the ideal time, after all: if it doesn’t go as planned, a dodgy cut can be grown out while in lockdown.
Would you let your friend or family member cut your hair while salons are closed? Let us know in the comments below.