Slick and shambolic home haircuts are making a combback (sorry!) as hairdressers and barbers remain closed during the coronavirus emergency.
Prompted out of hair necessity, DIY attempts are motivated by boredom, urges to look good and attempts to entertain children, according to the people who are attempting them.
As this happens, hairdressers are advising customers to let hair grow wild as it will give it chance to recover from over-styling and dyeing.
That’s according to self-cutters, and a hairdresser, who responded to a request for advice on how to do a DIY haircut on social media.
On Thursday night last, selfishly motivated by finding people to tell their stories of hair hell for RTÉ’s News at One programme, I asked people in a tweet if “anyone tried cutting their own hair at home”.
— Colm Mc Caughey (@colmwhatyalike) April 2, 2020
First out of the traps, RTÉ Cameraman Colm McCaughey recounted his hairdressing days in the FCA (Defence Force Reserves) some 35 years ago resulting in a victim who fell foul of romance for an entire summer.
“I was once tasked with cutting hair on an FCA camp. Thirty-five plus years later, I still meet a victim of my Sweeney Todd skills, who claims I ruined romance for him for an entire summer”.
A more detailed response came from a journalist based in Brussels.
In his brief tweet, Kevin Purcell explained where he bought a hair trimmer but warned: “Get someone else to square off the neckline at the back”.
Amazon. 6mm (blade 2) Shorter than I thought. Get someone else to square off the neckline at the back. pic.twitter.com/mE3RQFoPS3
— Kevin Purcell (@KevinPurcell_) April 2, 2020
Speaking on the News at One, he explained when his local barber closed he purchased the trimmer online.
“I said to myself, ‘How in God’s name am I going to look at this mop in the mirror every day?’” said Mr Purcell.
He watched a DIY video on fade haircuts online but shaved his head instead.
He said: “I started myself on the top of my head – just above my forehead. It seemed shorter than I had imagined but there was no going back at that stage. So off I went around my head – a blade two all over,.”
“It will do for now until everything gets back to normal and my barber can try to sort it out when it grows back. I’m happy enough with it really,” said Mr Purcell.
Literally just cut my daughters for the craic😅 – the attitude is “shur who’s going to see it?!?” I also have a clippers if you want to borrow it 💇 pic.twitter.com/BnbddLpilq
— Noelle Clancy (@NoelleClancy1) April 2, 2020
Noelle Clancy from Nenagh, in Co Tipperary responded to the tweet with a photo of a comb and scissor. She tweeted: “Literally just cut my daughter’s [hair] for the craic”.
The mum of two encountered her 16-year-old cutting her own hair and to help out.
She said: “I went upstairs. My 16-year-old daughter – who used to have very long hair, but then did an undercut – had the scissors out and nothing else. Not even a mirror.”
“I chopped up the back of her hair for her. She is quite pleased with it.”
Clancy said her advice to people contemplating a DIY haircut is: “Go for it. What’s the worst that can happen? It can grow back most likely anyway”.
Marcus Ó Buachalla, Senior Communications Manager with Leinster Rugby, sacrificed his hair for fun.
Working at home, and minding three children with his wife, resulted in a shave off.
Advice? Yeah. Don’t think of it as a way of entertaining the masses. Well. It does entertain them. But. And crucial bit this. It doesn’t end well. 👨🦲😂 pic.twitter.com/T76gwyEQaE
— Marcus Ó Buachalla (@ohfadabee) April 2, 2020
Mr Ó Buachalla said: “We are trying to keep things interesting. We are trying to amuse ourselves and amuse the kids.
“It got out of hand very quickly and a blade four became a blade one,” said the communications manager and GAA commentator.
“There is a key lesson in this for all of us. Entertainment is great but there are consequences even to good fun and entertainment as well.”
With strict orders on businesses and social distancing pushed by Government, hairdressers and barbers remain shut throughout the country.
Danielle Kennedy – the incoming president of the Irish Hair Federation, which represents 400 hairdressers all over Ireland – recently let 50 of her staff go at her business ‘Lloyds Hair Salon’ in Waterford and Wexford.
Listen to Cian McCormack’s News at One report below
“Things are very, very tough. At the moment, I can’t see us reopening until mid-May. We are going to have another few weeks of it,” she said.
This means her customers, just like most people considering their grooming during the Covid-19 emergency, will either turn to DIY solutions or let “it all grow wild”.
Ms Kennedy has simple advice as hair frizzes and roots white out.
“Use this time to treat your hair,” she said.
“Use this as an opportunity to keep all the hot styling tools away from your hair.
“Treat your hair. Get it in to fantastic condition. Give your hair a break, basically.
“Then when we reopen you’ll have fantastic shiny hair and you’ll get your roots done. All will be well in the world again”.