October 25, 2021

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How to care for your hair whilst salons are closed – and tips for cutting it at home

Now salons are closed for longer than we expected due to new government rules, your hair might need some serious TLC? Well fear not as we’ve found the products that will help care for your hair as well as some tips on maintaining it before your next appointment.

From masks, oils and hair-dye, to brushes and vitamins, treatments and of course, shampoo and conditioner. We’ve even got some top tips from haircare professionals on how to trim your hair yourself without ruining it.

So sit back, relax and let us do the hard part for you – we’ve scoured the internet for the top rated products that will help revive and protect your hair in between your salon appointments.

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Top Hair Care Products:

L'Oreal Silver Shampoo
This L’Oréal Silver shampoo helps to counteract unwanted brassy tones of pre-lightened, tinted or highlighted locks

We spoke to Salon 64’s Director Ricky Walters about cutting our hair at home and he’s provided us with some top tips on how to do it safely.

How to cut your hair at home:

  1. On dry, straight hair comb and section into a centre parting.
  2. Continue this parting all the way down past the crown and down to the nape of the neck. Effectively splitting your hair down the middle in half.
  3. Now to split the hair into quarters, to do this draw another parting line from the centre of the head just before the crown down to the ears. All the hair in the quarter In front of the ear nearest to the face clip up out the way. Repeat this on the other side of the parting and clip this also up and out the way.
  4. For the last bit of sectioning – at the back of the hair, either side of your parting draw a line horizontally leaving you with an inch section thick and clip the remaining hair up and leave down your inch section. This will be the hair you are going to cut. Repeat this on the other side of your parting.
  5. Taking the hair from your inch section comb it all so knot free. Taking an area in the centre and combing so it falls naturally straight down. Use your comb as a ruler and take off the desired amount this will be used as a guide.
  6. Start to include more hair from your clipped-up section and repeat the process taking one-inch slices and combing the hair straight down. The hair you cut previously will act as a guide.
  7. Once finished with all the hair at the back sections check the length is even by running your hands-down the hair you have already cut on the left and the right at the same time. If feels even continue to the sides.
  8. Taking an inch-thick slice sectioning from your original parting above the ear towards the face and clipping up as you go. Use the hair you see at the back as a guide. If you take too much you will end up cutting too much off the hair.

We suggest investing in some professional hair scissors rather than your average pair of kitchen ones.

Boots Essentials Cutting Kit – £7 from Boots

Professional Hairdressing Scissors – £4.99 from Amazon

Things to consider before trimming curly/wavy/coily hair:

  • Shrinking – “Curly hair when wet is massively different to once it is dry. If you have curly hair your hair will ping up and look far shorter once dried into its usual curl. This means you can go from Brian May to Lionel Ritchie in seconds”.
  • Dry Cut – “I cut the majority of my curly hair clients on dry hair to try and resemble what the hair looks like most days. If you have curly hair, try and replicate how it looks 99% of the time before you begin cutting. Bear in mind, if your hair is tied up in a tight bun this would have stretched your curls out and therefore not suitable to cut after this”.
  • “When cutting curly hair dry, think about the shape you want to create. Before pulling the trigger on your scissors, lift the curl up to the position you would like it to sit and check in the mirror if this looks good. Perhaps even go a little longer as a safety net.”
  • Gardening – “For those with very curly hair (like me) don’t use a comb. Curly hair should be cut as visual as possible. Very similar to trimming a hedge, just shape where needed by picking up curls in your hands and taking a little off the length. Try to point your scissors down so you cut at an angle and not straight across as this can leave heavy lines”.
  • Final Checks – “Curly hair is very badly behaved even at the best of times and loves to play tricks on you. So, don’t get too scissor happy. Once you are at a point that you are relatively happy with the shape and look of your hair wash and style your hair as usual and leave it be. Maybe even leave your hair a day or two to settle in as it changes constantly”.

How to cut your fringe at home:

  1. Section a triangle shape with the point of the triangle facing towards the crown of your hair and the width and other two corners of the triangle will be spread across the width you wish to have your fringe across your face. This is essentially mapping out the shape of the fringe. Once happy, section all the hair which will not be fringe out of the way.
  2. Taking just the slither between your eyebrows (imagine where a mono brow may join), cut the desired length by using a comb as a ruler and having little tension. Ricky suggests going in stages starting longer and gradually getting shorter, continually double checking in case hair jumps up.
  3. Try and use a point cutting technique if you can. Having cut the first slither to a length you are happy, use this as a guide to cut the two sections to the left and right of it.
  4. You want these sections to be longer. Imagine you are cutting a half moon shape. If you cannot wait for your hairdresser perhaps a friend could help as it is easier to cut someone else fringe rather than your own.
  5. This fringe is supposed to be long, heavy and choppy. Checking both sides are even, take the fringe and lift it away from your head and directly in the air. Gently chop into the end by half a centimetre at most.

Leanne Chadwick, Salon 64’s Colourist has also given us some tips on how to cover grey hair.

“Firstly, ask your hairdresser if they could provide you with any salon professional colour for you to touch up your roots. Perhaps not having to opt for something as permanent or technical as they would use your salon could create a stainer to see you through the next few weeks.

With this in mind, root touch up sprays and powders are a godsend! Not only do they solve the issue of unwanted greys, they keep your hair in a stable condition ready for your hair colourist to work their magic post lockdown.

One of my favourite brands is Colour Wow who offer a wide range of coloured powders to hide even the most stubborn greys – it looks very similar to a brow palette. Simply select your shade and then start to disguise those greys. You literally just dab on the powder and blend with the brush provided. Easy! L’Oréal have Root Touch Up Sprays which are equally amazing for this.

Keeping the greys away but also keeping your hair healthy! I’m all about good healthy hair.”

Are you tempted to cut your own hair? Or have you been dying it since the first lockdown in March? Let us know in the comments box below.

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