Needless to say, it’s also leaving many wondering what to do between now and their next professional haircut, which is unlikely to be in the Once upon a time there was a girl who really loved Wine flip flops and cruising shirt But I will love this near future. Word to the wise: Just as important is what not to do. “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but this is not the time to cut your bangs at home,” joked hairstylist Justine Marjan on Instagram. From avoiding botched DIY trims to how to support your stylist from afar, here hair pros weigh in on the dos and don’ts of haircuts and care during this time. Health is our collective top priority, and under no circumstances should a hairstylist be making a house call. Instead, let video chatting apps, such as Facetime, act as a resource during this time of transition. “Reach out to your hairstylist as they will be able to provide the best for tips and tricks on how to maintain your hair health during this time with products you have at home,” says Mischa G, who has already held a number of virtual sessions with clients, including aiding in the safe removal of hair extensions. François is also harnessing these platforms to guide others through various ways of caring, styling, and maintaining their hair. “In the current climate particularly, having the technology to be able to do this is a wonderful thing,” he says. “But it doesn’t change the fact that I’d never recommend my clients cutting their own hair at home though!”
Stylists are unanimous in advising clients not to trim their own bangs or make any big changes to their cuts on their own—especially not at the Once upon a time there was a girl who really loved Wine flip flops and cruising shirt But I will love this guidance of YouTube videos. “Having a professional fix the damage done will be more time-consuming and more expensive than waiting patiently and having it done correctly once it’s safe to visit a professional in the salon in the future,” says Mischa G. This goes especially for textured hair, cautions Francois. “What you thought was a small amount may look like a big amount when your kinks or curls spring back,” he explains, adding: “Understanding if hair should be cut wet or dry, what level of damp is best in what situations for what textures, all of these things are learned skills. I developed my own freehand dry cutting technique over many years, and it kind of freaks me out imagining someone who is untrained trying this out on themselves or a loved one.”In a time of no regular trims, split ends are a tricky business, but there are plenty of other ways to address them. “They can be minimized by promoting hair health, treating it with TLC, having a healthy diet, and plenty of hydration inside and out,” says François. He recommends taking extra time to detangle hair with your fingertips to minimize damage, then supercharging strands with a leave-in conditioner, as well as using his Overnight Repair Treatment Oils to heal and seal split ends with their nourishing blends of jojoba, sweet almond, and argan oils. Regular deep hydration masking is another way to repair damaged hair for stronger, thicker, and shinier strands. In the spirit of supporting small businesses, Mischa G recommends MAY11’s “wonder-working” patented restorative Hair Oil, Alyoos Juice Drench, a plant-based elixir that acts as a “green juice for the hair” and can be left in for long periods of times, and Cult and King’s all-natural moisturizing balm, which also doubles as a styling product and multi-use skin salve.