How to cut hair at home -- you can do it!

Before long, hair salons and barber shops will be open. But as long as you're stuck at home, why not try a DIY haircut?

May 19, 2020
Guy cuts his own hair

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I just read a statistic that shocked me. There's a company called Wahl that makes electric hair clippers. They're the leading brand of clippers for professional hairstylists, but more and more civilians are buying them to do grooming at home. For the last few years on their website, Wahl has posted how-to videos that teach people how to use their clippers to cut family members' hair at home. That shocking statistic? Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, traffic to the Wahl website is up 1400 percent! 

Obviously, people are trying it at home. The videos and the instructions on the Wahl site make it look easy. Well, easy if you're cutting men's hair. I guess that's their customer, so if you're a woman in need of a cut, you might just have to wait it out until your salon opens. I mean, let's be honest, if I were a woman, I don't think I'd trust most men around my hair with scissors or clippers. But if you're a woman who's willing to take a whack at the hair on the men in your quarantined family, this looks like it'll work for you. Or, hey, if you're a guy, go ahead and do the job yourself in a mirror. They seem to think it's doable.

Check out "The Easy Cut:"

So, I'm not sure how easy it really is, but if you're going to go for it, this is the place to give yourself a lesson before you start, and they have sections for men, kids, touch-ups, and even pets. It's no secret they want you to invest in some Wahl clippers to do the job, but I will say they've got lots of clear, easy-to-follow tips:  Haircutting 101. What clipper fits your hairstyle? Oiling the blades. Sections of the head. The inverted clipper technique. (That one's got to be for advanced cutters, right?) I'm thinking of going with a "Business Cut" myself.

The takeaway from just a few minutes exploring the website? You can do this. Or someone in your family can, if you'll just sit still and stop your whining. Personally, I'm looking forward to the day when I can walk into my local Rudy's and come out looking once again like I give a damn about how I'm put together. But in the meantime, if you trust the people who make the clippers, they want you to believe that you can do it.

Good luck, and send me a picture of your handiwork!  And if you screw it up, hey -- no worries; it's hair. It'll grow back. Eventually.