First Time Barbers, Physical Health, Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

Before you trim your own Hair, read this

Remember to do it all.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Apr 3, 2020

Barbershops are closed for the unforeseeable future and with every passing day, your hair is getting longer and longer. As tempting as it is to grab a razor and go to town, right now is not the time to make big changes. It’s time to drop your kitchen scissors and learn how to trim your hair once and for all – it’s not as hard as it sounds. 


Step 1: Trim your sideburns

Considering your manager and coworkers are most likely only seeing your shoulders and up on video calls, this step is crucial. With a trimmer or razor, clean up your sideburns and beard. 


Step 2: Trim your neck


You can either do this with a mirror behind you or train your quarantine partner to do it for you. This part may take a little longer than you’d like, but let’s face it, you have the time. 

Step 3: Trim your hair


YouTube has numerous videos on trimming for every hair type. But generally speaking, you should take a good pair of scissors and only cut split ends. Hair stylists recommend doing this when hair is wet and combing through hair to get the exact length. If it’s hard to see split ends, feel your way to the ends and the instant the texture changes is where you should cut. 


A few other things to keep in mind…

  • Try out new products
    • As your hair starts to grow longer, it’s important to switch out your products. A few drops of grooming cream or beard oil will keep frizz down and give long hair a more natural look.
  • Train your hair
    • Train your hair to the shape you want. If you want a side part, sweep hair on the side you want it to go and lock it in with product. 
  • Wash it regularly
    • Just because you’re stuck at home, doesn’t mean grooming should go out the window. Washing your hair regularly will help keep the shape and your new cut.


The above steps should provide you with the a guideline of care that your hair needs. And if you mess up – don’t stress. Your hair will most likely grow out before it’s safe to see people again. 


Cover photo by Edgar Chaparro.