The good, the bad and the ugly: your DIY lockdown haircuts

Every day, it seems there are newfound implications of COVID-19.

For instance, lockdown means no salons and barbers are open, which in turn means no professionals to cut or colour hair. This predicament has led to some of us, like presenter Becky Jago, seizing scissors/hair dye and doing it ourselves.

Our viewers sent us these pictures of their brave/misguided attempts...

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We asked Brian Coombes, a Norwich salon owner, for some home haircutting and colouring tips:

  • If you're feeling self-conscious about grey roots, try temporary spray-on colours. You spray them in and next time you wash your hair they come straight back out again.

  • For something longer lasting, look for '"semi-permanent" on hair dye boxes.

  • If you must go for a permanent colour, I'd suggest going for a shade lighter than what's on the mid-length of your hair. Home hair dye colours often come out slightly darker than what's on the box. Also, when you go back to having your hair done professionally, it's easier fo us to get it darker, than it is for us to lighten it.

  • Hair dye will stain your skin, so put a bit of vaseline or olive oil on your hairline to protect it. Try not to get any on your hair as this will form a barrier between your hair and the dye.

Here are Brian's tips for trimming your fringe at home:

  • Pull your hair to the bridge of your nose and cut it there. It will spring back up and be the perfect length.

  • To avoid a wonky fringe, use the sharpest scissors you can. Using blunt scissors pushes your fringe along, which can create an uneven edge.

  • Don't try and cut in a straight line. Instead, draw your hair into the middle in a kind of ponytail, then chop up into it.

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