Hair Emergencies. Now that I have your attention, it’s not a thing. I admit, that I will probably be seeing more than a few home job corrections and I’m happy to help when all of this is over. In the meantime, here are some DIY hair tips you can do until you can get in to see me at the shop.
Trim your fringe (bangs) at home. Hair emergency #1
I’ve helped a few clients with how to trim their bangs without ending up with bumper bangs (see Bettie Page). If you’re like me, it was cute when you were in your 20’s, but not so much now. Sam Villa is a stylist and educator who breaks down his techniques into bite size hints that anyone can do. Just a friendly reminder that he teaches to professional hair stylists, so it’s a little different on a mannequin then in the mirror. My one caveat is PLEASE START LONG. You can always take more off, but once you cut it, you can’t put in back on.
Covering Gray or new growth (roots). Hair emergency #2
This hurts me as much as it hurts you, but don’t try to color your hair at home. I know this will be painful and hard to look at. Hopefully, you are currently doing your work remotely (Social Distancing People) and can call in to a conference bridge for your meetings. If, on the off chance that you have to do video conferencing, this is not a hair emergency, here are a few thoughts on disguising your stripe. Watch this really cute young lady make quick work of a zig zag part. Her accent is adorable.
Deep side part
The video above reminded me that a deep side part is a great method to cover new growth at your hairline. If you do a no part, part or a center part, don’t panic, just move that sucker to the side and swoop that heavy side over. Leave your hair a little loose over your forehead and tuck it behind your ear. Try to find a spot where your new growth is less noticeable to get the right effect.
Hats and headbands.
I sport a baseball cap on most of my days out of the salon. I know, sacrilege for a curly girl! That said, the brim keeps the sun and my curls off my face. When I’m lounging around the house I will have a little butterfly clip holding up my bangs. Again, the point is to keep the hair out of my face. It will not however, cover the gray any which way. I have so many headbands it’s not even funny. If you’re trying to cover new growth before a color service, let me recommend a wide scarf or headband. My last tip is to use Buffs. This is the most versatile hair emergency apparatus I have ever encountered. It’s a scarf, it’s a headband, it’s a scarf, it’s a neck gaiter. You get the idea. Wear that puppy down over your forehead to get maximum camouflage.
There are no Hair Emergencies.
I’m sorry you’re having a tough time. I hope these hair tips help in the meantime. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Get a handle on your hair while I’m out of the shop. We are all in this together and we have to protect our most vulnerable friends and family during this time. Remember to wash your hands and don’t touch your face! I can’t wait to give you a huge hug when this is over.
Huffpost posted a day after I did
I also have some styling tips over here….
Here are some links that I’ve found to be helpful:
- Santa Barbara Public Health Department
- California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
- not my favorite, but ultimately the authority, The CDC
- I find Governor Newsom to be very informative.
I’ll reactivate my online scheduling links and phone when we have a better idea of what’s happening. Don’t panic and don’t forget your towel…