It's been a long time since many Americans have had their hair cut, dyed and styled, as the coronavirus pandemic forced salons and barbershops to shut their doors. Some people can no longer stomach shaggy ‘dos, split ends and roots. If you're feeling scruffy and want to learn a new skill during quarantine, you can use Facetime, Zoom or Skype to video chat a stylist for guidance on how to manage the mane at home.
“If you can afford to fam, Facetime with your barber or stylist and have them teach/guide you with your haircut. That way, you can still support them economically and also make it a little less likely that you will come out lookin’ like a mess,” @YoloAkili wrote on Twitter.
Take Katharine Cali for example. The New York- and Los Angeles-based stylist offers everything from a pre-recorded video on DIY bang trims ($30) to personalized one-on-one Zoom sessions complete with trimming, whole head styling and advice on which products and tools to use ($100).
For color, there's places like Bird House in Brooklyn, New York, which was offering a now sold-out Quarantine Color Kit for clients to refresh grays, roots and highlights. The personalized at-home dye kit features color and developer, an applicator bottle, gloves, a processing cap, hair clips, step-by-step instructions and a tutorial of a colorist applying color to her own hair. Though the stylists at this salon won't be talking you through your dye job over video, there are others out there who will. And salons across the country are making color care kits for customers who need a touch-up.
If your stylist isn’t offering a virtual trim, cut or color service, you might be able to find someone who is by searching #QuarantineCuts on Instagram or Twitter. And, as always, don’t forget to tip. Speaking of, did you know that you should also be tipping essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s a guide on who to tip and how much.