After months in self-isolation to help slow down the spread of COVID-19, we have all adjusted to the new normal. With most establishments closed and with our trusty service providers unavailable, we have no choice but to do things on our own. Thank goodness for the internet, we have acquired new skills to help us get by. A simple Google search can lead us to the recipe of our favorite fried chicken place or teach us to mix drinks for Zoom happy hours with friends.
However, some skills require longer learning curves such as cutting your own hair. With barbershops closed, what should a guy whose regular cut is long overdue, do to continue looking sharp and dapper during Zoom meetings? Don’t fret. There’s no reason to let yourself get sloppy. We have consulted hair professionals to help beleaguered blokes deal with their unkempt mane. From touch-ups to buzzcuts, we have your hair dilemmas covered and help you look presentable during the Coronavirus quarantine.
Shaving it all off is the foolproof solution to lockdown hair. All you need is a trusty clipper, mirrors, and fortitude. Start by gliding a #4 guard all over your head. Use a handheld mirror and face your bathroom mirror then run the clipper against the grain of your hair. If you want it shorter, grab the #2 or #1 guard and do another run through. It won’t be easy so if you have a roommate, ask them to pitch in. With just a little touch-up every couple of weeks, you can keep bad hair days at bay for the rest of the quarantine period.
You do not have to worry about the top to look presentable. Simply keeping your back and sides well-maintained will help make you look reasonably clean and tidy. With clippers or a beard trimmer, you can trim your sideburns and the nape of your neck so the hair won’t get too long and scruffy. Dealing with the back part may need extra dexterity. If you are lucky to be quarantined with someone, ask for help. As the top may become longer than you are accustomed to, a bit of styling gel can help keep the hair in place.
This is perfect for guys who have been meaning to grow their hair long but just can’t commit to it because of the unattractive “in-between” stage. Since you’re probably staying in for another few weeks, why not make the most of it, and make it through this in-between phase in the comfort of your own home? This way, you’ll emerge as a new man with a new look once quarantine is over.
If you are struggling with change and keen on maintaining your cut as it is, check out YouTube. A quick search for “men’s hair tutorial” throws up thousands of videos showing how, with some diligence and dexterity, you can maintain your fade.
An inch of growth in afro hair doesn’t make as much difference so this type is easier to disguise when it’s overdue a cut. Wavy hair, on the other hand, tends to become voluminous and bushy in a bad way. If cutting is out of the question, there are hair products that help collapse the curl a little bit so the hair, even if longer, appears less bushy and closer to the head. TPCK ToppCock Cream Paste styles and adds a little bit of weight to hair and keep it under control.
More important than a haircut is keeping your tresses healthy during self-isolation. Not going out does not mean that you will forego basic hair care and hygiene. Practicing social distancing cannot guarantee that no one will notice your greasy, unwashed locks. Shower and clean your hair every day or at least every other day with a nurturing shampoo such as ToppCock Hydromax Shampoo. Follow up with a small amount of moisturizing ToppCock Hydromax Conditioner. To keep your hair looking tip-top, invest in proven styling products that help you achieve a look without leaving unwanted residues.
Keep your crowning glory gorgeous because there is no excuse for the unkempt look even during a pandemic.