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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Pandemic Diaries: Quarantine Haircut

This pandemic has made 2020 a year of firsts for me. This is the first year that I have spent the most time at home since I am now working from home four days a week. It is also the first year that, since March, has meant not going beyond the municipality where I live and the one where I work. Beyond those two towns, I have not been anywhere else. Apart from once a week at work and sporadical visits to the doctor, I have never left the house. It’s a first for me. Surprising that I am completely fine with it, and happy that I get to spend as much time with my family as I can, despite the circumstances.

Another first that happened for me this year is having my hair cut at home. No, I did not invite someone from the salon to cut my hair at home. I had my sister cut my hair for me!

The last time I got a haircut was probably a year now, which meant that by the time I got my sister to cut my hair it had been eight months of hair growth, which suddenly felt a little too long for me during this pandemic. I don’t know if it was because of the heat or because of the stress of the situation, but last August I found myself picking on my long hair for weeks before I finally decided to cut it. I would put it all in a ponytail, in a bun, pull on it in frustration, and put clips all over my head just so that none of it would fly all over my face while I worked from home. I was so annoyed by it that I announced to my family that I was going to cut it off. No one thought I was serious until the night when we finally did it though.

Before you think that I’m some crazy person who had a fit and suddenly went at it with scissors and went to my sister for backup, you’re (slightly) wrong. I did my research. I’ve been seeing posts on social media of people who have been doing their quarantine haircuts so I decided to read about what they did and how they learned to do it on their own. I watched several videos on YouTube of women who have done their hair and discovered that there were similarities in their strategies. I just had to find a mix of the best ones to do for myself.

I found this video from Angelica Gomez and decided that her strategy was what I was going to do. I parted my hair in the same way that she did and tied the ends to the length that I wanted it to be. My niece was helping me part my hair and tie it since I realized that the back part was difficult to do. I didn’t have any scissors for hair specifically, so I ended up using a huge pair of scissors that I use for paper and tape.

It was when I was going to use the scissors that I realized my problem: the scissors were so big that if I did the cut myself I would be poking my head with it! The same goes with cutting the back myself — the scissors were too long and there was a risk that the ends would cut something else (like my fingers). Everything was ready, I wasn’t going to back out at that point. My niece didn’t want to cut the hair herself, so we ended up calling her mom to my room to do it for us. She thought we were nuts and that it would end up bad if she did. My nephew, who was watching quietly, started to shout that he was scared about the whole thing. Even my other sister could hear him shouting in fear from her room while my sister made the cut (which she only did after I promised I would not blame her for the result).

Luckily for us, the cut was pretty good. I had to make some small cuts for a few stray hairs but other than that, the finished result was good! I was very happy with it! I guess the guts to cut gave everyone else the courage to do it themselves because my sister and her mom eventually cut their hair at home as well.

Have you tried to do this yourself? What do you think of at-home haircuts during this pandemic? Leave me a comment and let me know!


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