HAIRDRESSERS all over the UK will be hanging up their scissors after Boris Johnson ordered most shops to shut amid the coronavirus outbreak.
But how can you keep on top of your hair maintenance if you can’t access salons? And should you attempt to cut your hair yourself?
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Krysia West, Aveda Cutting Professional and Colour Ambassador, told Fabulous: "It will most definitely be tempting to cut/colour your hair at home during this period of isolation however I would not recommend this if you can help it.
"Whilst we are in this isolation time, it could be good to give your hair a break from colouring as well as heated styling tools.
"Instead you could try applying a hair mask to nourish and condition any split ends, instead of trimming them."
However, if you are keen to go DIY on your locks, here is some advice from the professionals...
How do you cut your own hair as hairdressers close?
Celebrity hairdresser Jamie Steven told Metro.co.uk his top tips for getting rid of split ends.
He said: “Part hair down the centre and push the lengths equally over each both shoulders, then pull the length of the hair on one side straight between two fingers with good tension (but don’t pull it at an angle) and snip with the point of the scissors into the ends.”
He said you should keep your head straight and then do the other side to check they match.
Should you cut your hair wet or dry?
According to Blush and Blow London hair stylist Ana Gomes, it is best to cut your hair when it is wet.
She said you should put your hair in a centre parting from your hairline to the nape of your neck.
Ana advised: "Comb all the hair forward so it sits above the chest, tightly flatten the hair between your middle and index finger stop at your desired length and cut in a straight line.”
She continued that you should apply the same method to the other side to achieve a one-length haircut.
How to cut your fringe at home?
James Alfie Parr, Celebrity Session Stylist and Manager of Brotherhood, told Fabulous: "If your fringe is growing too long DON’T grab the scissors, work with it maybe part it through the middle for more of a grown-out 70s look or move the parting and wear it as more of a side fringe.
"Kitchen scissors, nail scissors or a dull blade can really damage your hair by causing split frayed ends, a lopsided sided look, and in the long run end up leaving your fustrated with a blunt cut."
If you are desperate to try, Jamie advised: "If you need to take a bit of weight out of a fringe, use a point cutting technique, this is where you hold the scissors vertically and snip into the ends.”
He said you should avoid trying to cut across your fringe, and should avoid any styles that require blunt lines.
Should you dye your hair at home?
Jack Baxter, Session Stylist and Influential Colourist, told Fabulous: "During this uncertain time, it is more important than ever that we take care of our wellbeing and mental health as well as our physical health.
"In my opinion our hair is a big part of of our wellbeing and if our hair doesn’t look or feel it’s best it can have an impact on your overall self esteem and wellbeing."
Jack advised to steer clear of supermarket dyes, and said: "I recommend using the Josh Wood at home hair colour system if this is something you want to try.
"The reason I recommend this brand is because I know and trust that the products are of a high enough quality. "
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