The net is not short of handy tips to make one's life bearable during 'lockdown'. Everything from how to make your own mask from that old duster under the sink, to tasty recipes made from a single carrot and an old pack of aspirins.
Inventiveness is coming out of the woodwork like Vesuvius erupting.
My favourite comes from some 'Celebrity Hair Stylist' (barber), who offers this demonstration of how to cut your own fringe without visiting his amazingly expensive Mayfair 'salon'.
It's almost unbelievable.... who would have known. All it involves is hair, scissors, and a mirror.
First decide where you wish your fringe to be, then cut horizontally in straight line.
If I had a fringe I would certainly try this. OK it does look complicated, but I'd be willing to take a chance.
Hmmm... cutting one's own hair is rather like taking a selfie. In theory it should be easy to do, but in reality you get a photo with an odd squint out of the corner of your eye and end up looking like a mad nutter.ReplyDelete
But you must admit that the illustration is handy.Delete
Good one. Love it. JeanDelete
Alright, Cro, point taken. It is a rather silly illustration for cutting a straight line. Also ridiculous is having the woman demonstrating it while wearing a bath towel.Delete
Be aware that it is easy to block the sink if you allow hair to fall down the plug hole.ReplyDelete
In times of 'lockdown' such things are mere trivia... a straight cut fringe is far more important.Delete
I'm just about to attack my fringe and I'm definitely going to end up looking like a mad hatter, but without my hair hanging in my eyes.ReplyDelete
Looks so easy. I Know it's not. You grab that hair in one hand, scissors in the other and then hack away. You cut one side and discover the mirror distorts the operation. The rest is never the same length so you snip some more and a little over there and that clump you missed there and you end up looking like a crazy bag lady.
By the time we are all allowed out there will be a queue outside the hairdresser's and fighting along the line.
I hear that the 'Bag Lady' look is all the rage. May we see photographic proof of the result?Delete
A fringe doesn't suit me. Where that leaves my hair's ends I do not know. Standing up, I suppose.ReplyDelete
Your "... tasty recipes made from a single carrot and an old pack of aspirins" made me laugh in recognition. Came across inane article (actually more than one) which, by way of example, should you run out of salt (SALT?) you may substitute with Soy sauce or crumbled stock cubes. Come again? Lacking cheese? Fear not. "In dire times, umami-rich yeast flakes provide a passable substitute for parmesan cheese in sauces, and as a topping.” There you go, pass me the yeast flakes. If worst comes to shove you may open a can of chickpeas and use the liquid as a substitute for egg. Though don't try and fry it. Run out of sugar (Lady M take note)? I learn that Maple Syrup will do. Want me to go on? No, me neither.
I do know that the liquid from Chickpeas can be used to make Mayo, in place of oil. My daughter in law (Kellogg) has a taste for strange ingredients, and uses dried Seaweed flakes instead of salt. I'll stick with my Fleur de Sel.Delete
What a revelation.ReplyDelete
I have now trimmed my fringe twice. I find little and often works best. I just snip across much like the photo. Funny how I didn't need instruction though!ReplyDelete
Well now you know how to do it like a professional; it took him years to perfect it.Delete
Paul always cuts my hair. A pudding bowl works very well.ReplyDelete
I often do Lady M's; she calls me Mr Teezy-Weezy Cro.Delete
Not that I have much body hair, but I am thinking of using my body hair clippers on my head. I'd better watch a YouTube tutorial first.ReplyDelete
I need the hair on my head first! I lost it somewhere.Delete
Thanks for the tip, this is one of my biggest problems with this lockdown.ReplyDelete
Yes, forget all else; that fringe is important.Delete
Well I tried it. Can't be that difficult I thought. So why does it look such a mess??? I keep trying to even it up but it just gets worse.ReplyDelete
My advice is to wait for two months, then try again.Delete
Bring back the pudding bowl cut! Stick a Yorkshire Pudding bowl on your head and cut round - remembering not to slice off your ears. I should make a YouTube instructional video to demonstrate!ReplyDelete
With a genuine 'Yorkshire Pudding Bowl', it's bound to be a hit. It might even be made a part of the Fringe Cutting Diploma course.Delete
I always have to cut my fringe between hairdresser appointments and, a couple of days ago, I cut my husbands hair and it looked pretty good even though I say so myself !!! XXXXReplyDelete
Dare I say, but I wouldn't let Lady M within Social Distancing of my hair (what there is of it).Delete
Mrs G treated me to my summer cut yesterday. I’ll be ok now until autumn.ReplyDelete
Did she give you a No 1 or a No 2?Delete
Something in between ;-) a one and a half.Delete
I am in somewhat of a dilemma Cro. I have not washed my own hair for many a year although I do possess an ancient hair drier. The week before lockdown I had my perm - my hair has not been washed since and the time has come when I really must wash it. Shampoo has arrived with my Tesco delivery this morning - can't imagine what my hair will look like post wash.ReplyDelete
Jean Shrimpton's sister Chrissie told me that they both used Fairy Liquid on their hair. I've tried it myself; it's very good.Delete
#weaver of grass.Delete
There’s a German shampoo contains caffeine. They call it doping for the hair. I don’t suggest you wash your hair on coffee but there are alternatives to shampoo. My mother washed mine with carbolic soap when I was a nipper.
I wish I had enough hair for a fringe. I've cut my own beard for 50 years though.ReplyDelete
Me too, I gave mine a trim yesterday; without any help from an illustration.Delete
Well, well, well - our doctors warn now against beards in these days (and I see so many!): the virus sits on it longer, and the masks don't fit well.Delete
Our new Police Commissioner in New Zealand has shaved his beard and requested that all police officers do the same so that masks fit properly.Delete
Beards act as a Coronavirus filter. They should be encouraged.Delete
Hair dressers and barbers will be highly in demand once this is all over. There will likely be long wait times to get an appointment! Hair cutting is one thing - what about dying your hair? Or will there be a lot of people just discovering what their real hair colour is now? -JennReplyDelete
I imagine a lot of people will have two-tone hair when they emerge from their hibernation.Delete
I read somewhere that a do-it-yourself haircut is the best way to ensure that you won't be tempted to go out in public for another month (for those going stir crazy at home)!ReplyDelete
Ha ha; I like that! In most cases they're probably right.Delete
Shampoo is one of the biggest rackets going. What’s wrong with soap and water?ReplyDelete
It's the 'contains' bit that always interest me. Why 'contains essence of stinging nettle' should be a selling point, I've never understoodDelete
I will NEVER cut my own fringe having done so once with nail scissors at the age of 5! The result was too horrific to risk a repeat. I am too busy working in the NHS to think about just how bad my hair is beginning to look. That said I will be in the salon as soon as I'm allowed.ReplyDelete
I do actually remember cutting mine when I was at school. I cut it so high, it was right up to my hairline. Crazy.Delete
Haha, very good Cro! I suspect when this is all over a lot of hairdressers/barbers will find that they're just not needed any more now that everyone's got their own electric clippers and hairdressing scissors. I've been cutting my own hair for ever, and I've managed over the years to cultivate the Boris Johnson look extremely effectively!ReplyDelete
The last time I had a pro' cut was about 25 years ago in Brighton. I'd cut my hair, and made a terrible mess of it. When I went to the barber's, I was so embarrassed that I blamed Lady Magnon. He told me never to let her near my hair ever again.Delete