Many of us are now grappling with going on two months of stay at home orders, but even those who aren’t able to stay home find themselves dealing with non-essential business closures, including barber shops. As their hair continues to grow, men all over the world are taking matters into their own hands. While buzzing off all your hair is always an option, there are other ways you can maintain your hair without access to a barber shop.
Cue the magic of the internet. Step-by-step guides—like our own—are ripe with great advice. But if you’ve never cut your own hair or have a more complicated cut that you don’t want to shear completely off, you may need to look to the professionals. One step could be to reach out to your regular barber and ask if they’re offering one-on-one FaceTime or Zoom advice (and offer to pay them if you can afford it). Some barbers are wary of endorsing at-home haircuts, but you never know if you don’t ask. Another way is to turn to online hair tutorials or book a personal haircut lesson from a famous hairstylist who could guide you through a few ways to manage your hair at home. Here’s where to turn before you power up the clippers.
In light of store and barbershop closures, Art of Shaving has turned their instagram account into a “virtual barbershop”, featuring IGTV videos and Instagram Live sessions where master barbers show how to give yourself at-home haircuts and beard trims. You can even book one-on-one consultation sessions with Art of Shaving grooming experts to get personalized advice.
Popular New York City barber shop chain Fellow Barber has a regular Instagram Live series called “Ask A Barber”, where their fleet of master barbers answers any burning hair questions you have. Follow their stories to send in questions for haircuts and styling, too.
Shaving giant Schick has hired out-of-work barbers to create tutorial videos on proper shaving habits, how to experiment with facial hair, and keep your beard in check at home. Well-known barbers like Vernon Scott, Kyle Kriegler, and Anthony Giannotti will be going live on the brand’s Instagram every few days (the tutorials are also available on the story highlights). They’re free to watch, of course, but Schick is also matching all customer donations to the National Association of Barbers up to $50,000.
Serafino is the mastermind behind some of the best hair out there—Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Pattinson, the list goes on—and she’s now offering virtual haircut lessons with herself or others from her network of master stylists. Appointment costs vary based on what you’re trying to do (a clean-up, beard trim, or full-on haircut), but direct access to an A-List groomer like Serafino is priceless. A portion of the fee goes directly to out-of-work hairstylists and salon workers.
British barbers Murdock London are now creating regular IGTV “episodes” for advice on everything, from how to keep your beard in check to how to style your growing hair. Coupled with IG story highlights on DIY tapers and beard trims, their account is full of useful tips no matter how experienced you are with at-home grooming.
Iconic hair stylist Sally Hershberger—the woman behind some of the best hair in Hollywood—is for the first time offering FaceTime appointments, which can booked by email (email@example.com). Instead of taking matters into your own hands, Hershberger herself will coach your roommate or partner through the haircut process (so all you have to do is sit back and trust them). The price is steep ($300 per session), but half of the fee gets donated to the charity organization Direct Relief.
Charlotte, NC-based barbershop Emerson Joseph recently teamed up with Fulton & Roark founder Kevin Keller on a Youtube at-home haircut tutorial. It’s a great example of coaching your partner through an easy cut with minimal tools. Watch the tutorial or book your own 1-hour coaching session with one of the Emerson Joseph barbers for $84.
Natural haircare brand Act & Acre has developed a weekly IG Live series called Class Act where a bevy of professional hairstylists answer hair questions in real time (and will be saved to highlights if you miss it). It’s a great way to get access to world-renowned stylists in the comfort of your own home and for more personalized advice, the brand also offers free one-on-one sessions with the stylists—all you have to do is DM them to set it up.