There are many reasons why we may be itching to play hairdresser at home, from frustration with an overgrown style to boredom coupled with the temptation to try something new. But, in general, our advise–and that of the hair industry professionals–is to leave the scissors well alone and wait until salons re-open.
There are exceptions, however, and for those of us with longer hair not necessarily concerned with the shape of our style, but the condition, influential hairstylist Zoë Irwin recommends a DIY trim that others wouldn’t even notice.
“I call this ‘the invisible haircut'”, Irwin tells BAZAAR, a cut you can do at home.
“This is a technique to manage and your split ends only, so you are not damaging the shape of your haircut, but you are stopping the split from travelling up the hair shaft and getting worse – so it’s perfect for these current times.”
When in the salon, she actually does this cut regularly with her clients. “It’s mainly people with long hair or people who are growing out their hair that want this cut. It’s a healthy way of managing the condition as opposed to just trimming the bottom of the hair and ignoring the splits which might have travelled further up the shaft of the hair,” she explains. Note: “It’s a totally invisible cut, so your hair won’t look or feel shorter, but it will look and feel healthier.” Sounds good to us.
But while Irwin is happy to recommend people do this at home, please heed all her advise first to avoid mistakes, or total disasters.
Irwin’s dos and don’ts of the invisible haircut
DO buy actual hairdressing scissors online. “A cheap pair is fine – do not do this with nail scissors as they are curved, or kitchen scissors.”
DON’T do it in a dark room. “Good lighting is essential, so do this in bright daylight.”
DO cut it dry. “Only do this cut when your hair is dry – never when it is wet.”
DON’T get carried away. “This can be highly addictive, like brow tweezing! Hold back rather than going crazy.”
How to do the invisible haircut
Below, Irwin shares her step-by-step to achieving an inconspicuous trim:
1/ “Wash and prep hair with the Ghd Root Lift Spray. This gives you more control as you cut; the hair won’t feel too smooth and silky.”
2/ “Blast-dry your hair using the cold setting on your hairdryer (you should always dry with cold air for healthy hair), but don’t fully blow-dry for the perfect smooth finish – you want to see a natural texture in the hair.”
3/ “Take sections of hair between your fingers and twist gently at the bottom, then run your fingers up the hair shaft to expose the split ends.”
4/ “Inspect the exposed hairs and only cut the split ends. Often if they are just forming they can look like a white dot. Sometimes the hair will have fully split and it will be obvious that it’s a split end.”
5/ “Maintain your hair condition and reduce any more split ends forming by using a hair mask afterwards. I recommend the Ghd Advanced Split End Therapy Treatment as it coats the hair and seals the ends, nourishing and fortifying the hair for up to 10 washes, giving it extra protection from split ends. Plus, your hair will be immediately sleek and shiny which is an added bonus.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.