3 Things to Think About Before Cutting Your Own Hair
The quarantine and social distancing regulations have been extended yet again. It might have been fun the first few weeks, binge-watching your favorite Netflix shows, oversleeping, and enjoying the couch-potato life. But now it’s just gone overboard. We haven’t seen the “outside world” for about a month and it’s getting really boring at home.
And what do most girls do when they’re bored? CUT THEIR OWN HAIR. Believe me, I’ve seen so many posts from my friends trying to cut their own bangs and end up regretting it. Lucky for them, it’s going to be another 2 weeks staying indoors, giving them time to move on from the haircut from hell.
It might be tempting to cut your own hair right now — mainly because you’re bored, and also partly because you’re seeing those split ends but don’t really have the option to run to a salon at the moment.
But before you even grab that pair of scissors and start chopping away, you might want to take a step back and think about it first before you make an impulsive decision you’ll regret for the next few months.
Do you really need a haircut?
First and foremost, you have to ask yourself if you really need a haircut or you’re just looking for something to do. I know what it’s like to crave for some thrill in your life during this quarantine, and can’t even count how many times I’ve fought off the thought of cutting my own hair.
Us girls like to change our looks every now and then. We get sick of our long hair one day, and then want it back after we’ve had it chopped off. That’s just how it is. But haircuts aren’t really necessary to have every so often.
Ideally, we should be getting regular trims every 3-4 months to prevent split ends from dividing the hair shaft and causing irreparable damage to our hair strands. But if you’ve been to a salon within that period, then put those scissors down because there’s really no reason to cut your own hair right now.
Consider your other options
If you are, however, noticing that your hair is in dire need of a trip to the salon, e.g. really bad split ends, heat damage, or brittleness, then you might be thinking you have no other choice but to give yourself a trim.
But if you’re not really knowledgeable or experienced in cutting hair, I wouldn’t recommend that. Instead, you might want to consider your other options — reparative treatments.
Invest in hair repair products to treat your split ends or dry locks for the meantime. These will help hold off the need to go to the salon, and trust me, it’s the best you can do under the circumstances.
Also, it’s admittedly the best time to record that hair and makeup tutorial you’ve been wanting to make, but you might want to lay off the hair styling products and curling irons to prevent causing further damage.
At least use the right tools
If you’re reading up to this point, and you still feel like it’s your duty to give yourself full-length bangs, then at least invest in the right pair of styling scissors to do it.
Never use kitchen scissors, as they’re not sharp enough to make neat cuts. They tend to push the hair forward as the blades hit your locks. That’s a surefire way to get crooked trims that will be hard to fix, even for a hair stylist.
Get professional scissors specifically made for hair cutting if you’re going to do the job. These have sharp, precise blades, that allow for a neater and cleaner trim.
And just so you know, I warned you!
Before you entertain those tempting thoughts on cutting your own hair, please, ladies, stay strong. This will all be over soon, and when that time comes, we all truly deserve a day-long pamper session.
Chrizelle is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from De La Salle University. She recently dropped out of law school to pursue her passion for writing. Now, she is a full-time writer hoping to inspire and change lives through her thoughts and her words.