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“I Cut My Own Bangs During Quarantine”

GUYS. What is happening with your hair?

Mine just keeps getting longer and I’m trying not to look too closely. Meanwhile, this cuter-than-cute Cup of Jo reader, Kara, sent me this video, below, of her cutting her own bangs. “Just another exciting quarantine activity,” she says. “Rearranging the apartment was getting dull.”

Kara’s video made me laugh, so I wanted to share it here. “I 100% messed up the technique, as I’m sure many professionals will note,” she says, “But overall I adore them.”

  1. My husband and I were quarantined living in China for a while and when things got worse in worse in terms of the government persecuting foreigners, we came back to the U.S. so now it’s been 3 months of no haircut…in a moment of mental instability I chopped mine off…..not methodically working at it but just pulled out scissors and hacked off my ponytail as I was brushing out tangles one night….can only laugh…I look terrible. But hey, gives me a chance to give my hair a break from all the dye and constant stress of blow drying and straightening. :)

  2. Aimee says...

    I just cut my own hair today because I’ve had to skip TWO hair appointments now and it was getting to that flippy stage at my neck. My 12 year old daughter helped me by cutting the bulk of it and holding a hand mirror up for me while I fine tuned the back. My wavy hair is working for me since it hides minor uneven pieces!

  3. Veronica says...

    I needed to see this video today! Thank you for cutting your bacngs and posting it. I loved it! I have been working all day calling parents to get them set up to pick up technology for their children and realized that I haven’t even brushed my hair. I don’t have a face for bangs but girl, you are rocking them!!!

  4. Kara says...

    Erin! Thanks, they’re Oliver Peoples.

  5. Ali says...

    Very guilty of attempting to cut my bangs last week. There is a reason why I’m not a professional hairstylist! She did a great job though!

  6. Silvina says...

    I’m 40 and I’ve had bangs since I was like 3. I go to a salon every 5 or 6 months, so I’m used to cutting my bangs at home.

  7. Sasha L says...

    I love this whole post and the comments are such a fun peek into everyone’s world right now.

    I’m so curious how often everyone gets their hair cut? I was shocked when I started to hear women on social media talking about being overdue for hair appointments, weeks ago. My state has only been on shelter in place since mid March, so not even a month. I know other places have been for longer though.

    I only get my hair cut twice a year and got mine in February. But even if I hadn’t, it wouldn’t be crazy out of line even by now. I have long natural color hair that I air dry and very rarely use a curling iron so it doesn’t get damaged.

    • LK says...

      I’m more of a every 4-6 months girl but I have long hair. If you have short hair, you get it cut a lot more often! Or else it would be long quickly.

  8. Vava says...

    I had a haircut/color about 3 weeks ago and so everything is stable at the moment. My 98 year old mother-in-law though….she has ALWAYS been obsessed with her hair and would go in once a week. (how anyone can go an entire week without shampooing is something that puzzles me.). Anyway she had her first ‘blow-out’ of her life and it’s all she can talk about now.

  9. Em says...

    that video brightened my morning xo

  10. despina says...

    Very cool! ;)
    Over the weekend, I’ve given my husband a trim, waxed my legs, gave myself a pedi and also freshened up my own bangs. Very stressful times, but it all turned out semi-ok. It will all have to do until we can have access to the professionals to do their thing again. At least we have no bald spots.
    My hairdresser will freak out, no doubt, but I will profusely apologize
    LOL

  11. Meredith says...

    Back when we first went into quarantine, my hair dresser text all her clients telling us not to box color our hair or cut our own bangs. I feel like she was specifically talking to me because I have cut my own bangs before and been reprimanded by her for doing so. Ha!

  12. Marta says...

    I had my boyfriend cut my hair a few weeks ago. I can’t even blame it on the quarantine, since it was just starting. I just wanted a haircut, he was there, hair grows back, and I am not particularly attached to it. I haven’t had my hair this short since I was 8, but you know what? I love it! It took him like 5 minutes, no fuss, and I don’t think I will go to the hairdresser any time soon.

  13. K says...

    This was so fun and adorable! I haven’t wanted to play with my hair for a while but all these videos and memes make me want to. It’s funny but I was playing with haircuts and straight perms and curly perms and color dyes most of my adult life so far and then one day I just stopped, 1) because I couldn’t be bothered with the maintenance and the knotty hair was baddd, 2) the realization that I’m always me and I was using hair as a way to project a personality whether to myself or others.

    I myself have just been washing it almost everyday now because of more time to exercise everyday, my favorite so far is doing “girl” routines with my boyfriend and I’ve never laughed harder during the vaguely dance move parts… and he realizes it’s not just for girls given how sore and out of breath he is!
    My point was that it’s been the way more frequent hair washing has been leading me to blow drying my hair into possible obliteration (for fear of catching a cold) when during pre-quarantine I just
    air-dried, and in order to avoid seeing the possible damage, I just avoid looking in the mirror, lol!

  14. LB says...

    I ordered Overtone rose gold for brown hair and died my grown-out balayage highlights at the ends of my long hair as soon as the shelter-in-place was announced! I work in a conservative work environment where I don’t think I could get away with pink hair, but now that I have it I love it and never want to go back!

    • Juliette says...

      I’ve done the same! Dyed my hair pink immediately (the colour of my teenage years!) and it’s definitely lifting my spirits. I wonder if I’ll be brave enough to keep it!

  15. Marianne says...

    That literally made me lol. How AWESOME!

  16. txilibrin says...

    Well well, I was planning on cutting my own, BUT, I have curly hair… And I don’t have much hair, so trying to figure out how to tackle it. And not to mention I’m doing it without my husband knowing, i don’t think he gets the curly hair bang thing :D

    • Anastasia says...

      I was just contemplating cutting myself some bangs this morning! I’ve got serious post partum fringes growing out at my crown so I figure I can’t do much worse, and even if I do – who is going to notice?! Thankfully I’m used to cutting my husband and kids hair, so quarantine cuts won’t be too bad for them :)

  17. Christine says...

    Legitimately 100% thought the hero image on this post was Toby put through a grown-up woman filter (!!!!!)

  18. Jennifer says...

    Oh my god, I love this. Thank you for the laugh! And they look awesome! Beautiful.

  19. Molly says...

    I definitely cut my partner’s hair a couple of weeks ago when we realized it would be a while before he was able to get it professionally done. It was my first time cutting hair, and completely nerve wracking, but it was reassuring very few people would see it if it went badly. It wasn’t perfect, but I feel a lot more confident about having to do it again soon.

  20. Truly just commenting to say, omg those dimples

  21. Mary says...

    My very short red pixie, which I normally get cut/colored every 4 wks, is now at week 7. I now have a very bushy (thick hair) mullet developing. It’s also calico (red/gray/whatever my natural color that I haven’t seen in 25 years is). I had been considering growing out my gray anyway, so I guess this is the time to see how it looks!

  22. Sara says...

    I’m a once-a-year haircut type, and I was just getting ready to book with my stylist when everything was cancelled. Now, my deliberately low-maintenance hair is beginning to resemble one of Marge Simpson’s sisters. My hair is breast length, somewhat wavy and coarse, but the back part has become strange and thick and is approaching afghan hound level.

    Does anyone have any tips or links to tutorials for how to thin out thick hair (while not compromising length)? I’m really yearning for some long boho hair as opposed to my current long down comforter hair. Thanks!

    • Marianne says...

      I don’t have a tutorial to share, but my stylist uses a ‘point cut’ technique when adding layers to my hair. My hair is thin on top and wavy and thicker on the bottom so it helps to blend out the layers and take some of the weight out of the bottom.

  23. I cut my own hair last weekend! Followed a tutorial by Pick Up Limes (should come up if you search it on Google or YouTube) and it worked pretty well. Could I have done a better job? Absolutely. Do I hate it? No, I actually kind of love it–and might even do it again.

  24. Emily K says...

    I wear my hair shoulder length to long and only get it cut 4-5 times a year. But can we talk about eyebrows??? I usually get those waxed every 6 weeks. I tweezed the other day, feel like they may never be the same!

    • Lisa says...

      Same. I get mine threaded / tweezered and trimmed (most important part) every couple of months. I can’t remember when I had my last appointment, but I can feel them getting longer. I managed to fit in a leg wax just before the U.K. lockdown started so I had a few weeks, but now the hair is back.

  25. hali says...

    I love that she’s cutting her bangs off because WOO! WHO CARES?! and not because she’s trying to keep up appearances, for lack of a more appropriate phrase…

    I see many women on IG fearing the show of their roots and their bad manicures and I totally understand that a certain type of person needs that kind of order and maintenance in their life to feel themselves. But personally, I’m leaning way WAYYYY into my most natural state of existence.

    Less makeup, less deodorant, bare and healthy nails, wilder hair… I still shave on the nights we clean our bedding (which is more often than before, actually) because is that not the best feeling ever?!

    But overall- how wonderful it is to exist temporarily in a state when it truly does not matter what we look like, it only matters how we feel. Did I like my haircuts enough to be spending hundreds (thousands?!) of dollars on them a year? Who was I getting manicures for? I’m only speaking for myself here, I know.

    I feel this way about “beauty” and I feel this way about consumerism. When it dawned on me that I wouldn’t be leaving the house for at least a month, a static noise inside my head that I had never noticed before silenced: spring clothes! seasonal home decor! makeup trends! accessories to save up for! shoes! weekend getaways! parties! drinks tabs! The list of impending purchases could on for a while…

    all of life’s embellishments just hushed away!

    I was habitually buying things I did not need and did not care ENOUGH for. I’m sure I’ll eventually fall back into the habit. It is fun, after all. But I really appreciate the pause and the perspective!

    • Sasha L says...

      I love your comment Hali. What beautiful realizations about what is truly meaningful and worth our time (and money and effort and worry).

  26. Jamie R. says...

    I cut my own bangs at home during thai quarantine (very similar emotional process to hers haha!) and I love mine!

    My husband confirmed that I have an oval face-shape (thank you pinterest) so I knew going into it that it might work out!

    I went in and my technique was to twirl the bang section to my nose and then cut. It made for an even and face framing cut.

    Good job! Thanks for sharing

  27. Liz says...

    Does anyone else think she resembles Toby?! (In a good way :)

    • AR says...

      Yes :-)

    • Aneta says...

      YES!!!! I was convinced this was Toby with a grown-up filter of sorts.

  28. Hilary says...

    So, the cutting situation isn’t urgent, but the color situation is CODE RED. Speaking of red, I have a super weird shade of auburn/brown hair that is basically impossible to get out of a box. Hence my $225 every 10-12 weeks. But now I’m screwed. How do I find weird hair color out of a box?? Any other red/auburn heads out there who can help??

    • Christina says...

      I use henna on my hair! I was nervous at first, but it has consistently turned out great, it doesn’t damage my hair, and I can do it at home. I usually mix shades of henna to get the precise red/not too orange/slightly auburn color I like. One BIG warning: henna doesn’t do well with chemicals, so if you start to henna your hair you need to keep henna-ing your hair…you can’t go back to chemical colors because your hair may get fried.
      I buy my henna on http://www.iherb.com but you can find it lots of places! Good luck!

    • Kate Losee says...

      I’d try a Overtone conditioner cocktail until you get the closest color. You will freshen it up without damaging your hair. Otherwise, wait it out!

    • sarah says...

      I know it’s awful when your hair doesn’t look good but DON’T do box dye!!! The chemicals can really mess with both the existing color your stylist has put in and mess up the result when you get it done at your stylist next time.

    • Hilary says...

      Hello, fellow Hilary (with one l!!),

      I’m not sure if this is possible, but I read that some hair colorists were mixing up batches of dye that could be used at home. Obviously it wouldn’t be these same as the salon experience, but maybe your stylist could give you something to tide you over for a few weeks?

    • Kari says...

      I dye mine a natural looking auburn (my actual hair color is ashy dark blonde). Red fades so fast anyway that I started using semipermanent color, the one that works on me is Natural Instincts 6R Light Auburn. It doesn’t have ammonia in it so it doesn’t trash my hair and I get compliments on my color all the time.

  29. Emily says...

    OMG! I got a TERRIBLE haircut last year– way shorter than I asked for, weird texture, and totally wrong for my hair– and have been growing it out ever since then. Of course, right when this started my hair was starting to be way too long and really blah. So, I watched two youtube videos and then trimmed it myself. I took off about 1.5-2 inches! Honestly, it looks pretty good! At least, a lot better than that bad haircut which I paid at least $100 for. It’s reinvigorated me to have hair at the length I want.

  30. Elise says...

    Kara is adorable and she looks great and I want to be her friend.

  31. agnès says...

    Kara, you’re fantastic! you are brave and funny! thank you for this video and the humour to send it ;-) you made me laugh, which is gold. Bye from France!

  32. Irena says...

    Missed getting a much needed haircut by a day. Had booked appointment, then boom, announcement to stay in place and social distancing. NO WAY to get a haircut after that. And not worth risking the health of myself (lovely woman who cuts my hair at home is very social in work and personal life. Not sure I would have felt all that comfortable having her that close to me at that stage where we had no idea how long someone could have the virus, with no symptoms, before it could be transmitted. I texted her to find out how she’s doing but have not heard back.)

    So, I don’t have bangs and have combo hair (straight in some places and wavy or curly in others). Cut myself? NOOOOOOOO Not gonna happen.

    So now I’m experimenting with top knots and pony tail variations. Can’t say I look great but who sees me anyway and I’m not going out. Can’t wait till it’s safe again to get a cut, whenever that is. Meanwhile, I feel for the woman who cuts my hair as she has no income now.

    She has a lot of commercial clients and I don’t know if she is still working those but doubtful as they often involved execs and celebrities who I’m sure do not want to risk exposure. They’d probably wear wigs before doing that. Wish I had a wig to get styled! Note for the future.

  33. Louise says...

    I have blunt cut straight across bangs that I’ve trimmed in between haircuts for years, so that has been fine. The rest of my hair really needs a cut, so I’ve been putting coconut oil on the ends to stop them being quite so dry. It’s long but cut on an angle so definitely not going to attempt at home!

  34. Sally says...

    I’m fussy about who cuts my hair, and get it done in a salon in the town where my mum lives (2 hours drive away)… Last time I saw my mum, about 6 weeks ago, I had the thought process of “shall I get my hair cut while I’m here?” but put it off…
    Now my usually pretty short pixie cut is evolving into a short bob, and I’m NOT down with it.
    I did hack off a bit of length from the back about 10 days ago, but now the rest is steadily catching up. I’m not impressed!

  35. Sarah says...

    At first it was the beans, then it was the no-knead bread, and now I’ve joined the ranks and cut my hair (a DIY curly cut, too!) along with everyone else. For someone who generally likes to forge my own path, it’s actually really nice to stay with the “trends” during all of this. It’s keeping us connected, right? Love to everyone out there, especially those who really f*@#ed up their hair during this stage of the quarantine!

    • Rusty says...

      How did you get it to be even especisat the back????
      I’m new to curly hair … *thanks to chemo* and once it grew enough I had a short bobbish cut. But, now that’s growing out into a lonnnng poodle look that’s not so great.
      I used to cut my own hair every now and then when it was pre-chemo, dead straight, but now it has some ringlets … I’m scared. Not so much about the front, byt tha back.
      Any advice???

    • Rusty says...

      Sorry … numb fingers tonight. ?

    • Sarah says...

      https://www.wikihow.com/Cut-Curly-Hair I found this super helpful!! Just a tip: what you think is long enough, even adding two inches, is not long enough. Go two inches longer. Then add an inch.

  36. Samantha says...

    A week before our shelter-in-place order, I got 6 inches of hair cut off, so it is now shoulder grazing and I LOVE IT. Man does it make life a lot easier.

  37. Katharine says...

    She did such a cute job!

    Since I can’t get my (now absurdly long) hair cut, I’ve been collecting Pinterest images of hair with the bottom few inches dyed pink. This might inspire me to go for it and try to dye it at home!

  38. Mary W says...

    My stylist doesn’t care if I cut my own bangs. I always cut them once or twice before i go see her and get them fixed. Hmmm, I need to add that to the to-do list for this weekend. (After filing taxes. Ugh.)

  39. Hayley says...

    Unrelated, but am I the only person who saw this photo and instantly thought holy crap this person looks JUST like a grown up Toby?!

    Honestly for a split second there I thought when did Toby get so big??? Lol. He and Kara could be siblings!

    • Louise says...

      I thought the same!

    • LB says...

      I thought the same, too.

    • fgb says...

      I thought the same thing with the picture – both are adorable!

  40. Barbara says...

    My hair was driving me crazy so I asked my partner to help me buzz it all off. I love it–it’s so liberating! I’ve been getting Zoom compliments. I may never go back to my beloved hairdresser! I used the #3 setting and it reminds me of Esty from Unorthodox.

  41. Miche says...

    My 29 year old daughter cut about 8inches off her hair . Now it is just below her shoulders. She is thrilled with it. I regularly cut my husband and my son’s hair with scissors and a razor. It has saved us both time and money over the years. I am letting my bob grow until the circumstances change. I will see what it looks like in six months.

  42. Lauren says...

    Bahh! So good. Loved this. The editing and the narrative. Just when I thought my bangs were my existential life crisis, COVID-19 happened. I still think about cutting my recently grown-out bangs every day. It’ll probably happen, but hopefully not with eyebrow scissors.

  43. Amy says...

    I generally get my haircut once a year… this year the haircut happened in February so for once my timing was right and it looks like I’ll be good until 2021

  44. Anna says...

    I just cut my own hair today, then I come here and see this! My hair is quite long and the ends were so bad. I figured worst case I keep it in a bun for a while. It turned out so well! I even put some layers in the front. Though I did nick my finger at one point…I can’t really be trusted with scissors.

  45. Natasha says...

    As someone with super thick, curly hair who has to pay like $100 for a decent haircut, I’m quite excited that this might break the stranglehold that Big Hair has over womankind and lead us all into a new era of liberated follicles. Or something. Also I’d been toying with the idea of curly bangs for ages, and last week I finally took the plunge and took the scissors to them. Turns out, they look pretty great! A little like Patti Smith with a perm, but I’m more than ok with that.

  46. Ceridwen says...

    I love her hair! I have a burning question. I am from Australia and we call “bangs” a fringe. I notice she talks about bangs and says she loves them. But we say a fringe. Singular. Not plural. Where does the bangs term come from and why plural? We think of a fringe as one block of hair across your forehead. Well I do, other Australian’s May disagree! are your bangs lots of hair strands…? Singed. Curious Australian

    • Rusty says...

      Bangs are THE exact same thing as our Aussie fringe!
      My family is American originally and came here when I was 9 months old.
      Same, same.

    • cg says...

      We commonly say bangs in America, but I have noticed a trend in using the term “fringe” recently. I don’t know the etymology of “bangs” but I have always assumed it referred to the set of hairs (individual strands) that are cut shorter on top of your forehead. I have also noticed that when someone does use the term “fringe” it’s singular, as in “Her fringe looks nice”, or “She got a fringe”.

  47. Kara says...

    Most flattering thing I’ve (maybe ever) heard. Do not do what I did though (panic and use the completely wrong technique). There are amazing videos out there!

    • Erin Stefanski says...

      Love your glasses (and your bangs :) ) — what brand are they?

  48. Julie says...

    I’m way over due. Cancelled my appt right before the shut down.

    I started to trim my long hair a little here and there after I shower and blow dry. I’m not sure it’s making a difference, but it is saving my sanity. I have cut my bangs for years, it’s actually pretty easy. Get some sharp scissors, I use these tiny sewing ones. Cut your bangs vertically when they are dry, not wet. Do a little at a time. You can do it!

  49. Erika says...

    In a moment of desperation last weekend I discovered a MIRACLE bang trim hack…. men’s clippers! Easy to make even and gives a lovely texture. I will probably never pay for a bang trim again!

    One key thing: be sure to watch for your eyebrows!!

  50. Meg Brown says...

    I started with my bangs and then just chopped off about 4-5 inches! It’s a bit messy, but it works! : )

  51. Beth says...

    I just dyed my hair tonight! I had a highlight appt last week which obviously didn’t happen, and we are on lockdown in VA until June. I just went for it with a box dye and it turned out fine! I figured if it came out orange then at least I’d have a good quarantine sorry.

    • Christina says...

      It may have been a typo, but I think “quarantine sorry” is an excellent new term!
      “I painted my walls teal…definitely a quarantine sorry.”
      “I’m feeling quarantine sorry about my fashion choices while meeting online.”
      “Yep, we lived together during the pandemic…SUCH a quarantine sorry!”
      Etc. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      @christina: hahaha love that!

  52. Abby Nittle says...

    100% have trimmed my bangs already and tbh feeling a bit smug about having embraced my “prematurely” grey hair a few years ago. I got tired of keeping up with roots and spending money on making my hair look as though it didn’t have any grey hairs and vowed to keep a cute cut AND BOY is it paying off now!

    • Rusty says...

      I was slowly going grey (Aussie spelling), but when I had chemo, not only did my hair go very curly with ringlets, but some colour (strawberry blonde) came back too!! Surprise!

  53. Kate says...

    I cut my own hair from long (two years without a cut) into a clipper cut pixie. It could’ve been a major disaster, I had several family members telling me actively on Marco Polo not to do it, but it turned out great. I love it and I learned that maybe I can trust what I know about my own hair (cow lick and all). Also wanted to say, I’ve been a quiet observer since 2010, and although sometimes my visits are inconsistent, lately this site has been a daily stop as I derive such peace from the words and images here. Thank you for cultivating such a happy yet honest place for us to visit.

    • h says...

      hello SAY MORE ABOUT THIS please? i trimmed my own bob a few days ago but what i really want is a full v short pixie. it worked??

    • Ivy says...

      I have a pixie that I get cut religiously at the salon and I’m terrified of cutting it myself! Please show me your ways.

    • Jaime Jones says...

      I used to do my own pixie cuts in college and what worked for me was this: twist a section of hair fairly tightly, with the twist ending up about the diameter of a pencil. With your scissors perpendicular-ish to the twist, make some partial cuts in and out and up and down the (don’t cut all the way through, this is just going to give you some layers/body. Also don’t cut at all in like the inch or so right at the scalp). Then cut through the top part of the twist at the final length you want. If you like, you can then take the scissors 90 degrees (pointing down towards the end of the twist) and snip into the very ends of the hair to make it piecey-er before letting that twist go and repeating all over your head. I don’t remember where I learned this (pre-youtube) but it worked great for years.

    • Lynn says...

      Can you tell me the comb and razor she recommended? I actually follow her too but haven’t caught that.

    • Erin says...

      I’m obsessed with her hair cutting techniques and have been stalking her IG dreaming of getting a medium length semi-shag or maybe doing a longer French bob.
      I trim my own bangs on a regular basis (because they legit need a trim every other week) after closely observing the way my stylist does it, but Jayne inspired me to hack into them a bit more and I love how it turned out!

    • AMK says...

      I too would love to get my hair cut by her. Her styling is mesmerizing and magical. Here is the link to her FaceTime hair tutorials which also includes the link for the razor and comb: https://www.jaynematthews.com/at-home-tutorials

  54. Katie says...

    Can you IMAGINE how hard it’s going to be to schedule a haircut once this is all over? Even if Society opened up next week, you know your stylist’s books wont for at least 2 more months. I’m going to trim my own bangs this weekend, wish me luck!

  55. Eliot says...

    I have a very short pixie cut (for over a decade!) and I AM DYING. I get my hair cut like clockwork. Every four weeks, without fail. I’m not ready to go through the growing-out phase of a pixie cut even if I’m all alone and no one will see it. I may have to resort to using clippers and just committing to a Sinead O’Connor look for a while!

    • Caitlin Deckard says...

      Same struggle here!!! I’m busy pinning and googling all the grow-out images I can find, just to keep in my back pocket for when things get really shaggy and I have to get really creative for zoom meetings! If you go for it with the clippers, please share a play by play!

    • Rebecca says...

      I am in the exact same boat and have been wondering if i can get away with a buzz cut in my video court appearances…

  56. Lily says...

    This post came right in time. My husband and dog were both due to get their hair cut/groomed (not by the same person!) last week, but our state’s shelter in place orders nixed those plans. I briefly floated the idea of cutting both his and the dog’s hair. Actual question I posed to my husband: Do you think we can use human clippers on the dog or should I just buy dog clippers and hope for the best when it’s your turn? Needless to say, we’re just going to wait out the storm and see what everyone’s hair looks like at the end of this.

    • Tierney says...

      I just gave our dog (a curly goldendoodle) his first ever at home grooming. He looks… not terrible. It took about 90 minutes and more dog treats than I care to admit, but he’s less matted and the only one in our house who’s ready with their summer bod. Side note — I saw my husband eyeing his grooming tools today!

    • Kaitlin J. says...

      You can TOTALLY use the human clippers to give your pup a trim! :) It will work out great.

    • Rusty says...

      Tierney … You made me wake my dog up I was laughing so hard!!!
      Too funny! ?
      It’s Autumn in Australia now, so our scruffy is growing her winter coat (Irish Terrier), but I was prepared to clip her myself come Spring (coz, sadly, I don’t think this thing will be over by then), only when I mentioned it to my partner, ge said he’d thrown his old clippers away!!! So … yikes! scissor cut for the dawg?!?
      My partner DID manage a cut before hunkering down, but I’ve cut his hair very well before, so that’s no biggie … but the dawg?!?!

  57. Rosie says...

    Ashley Streicher aka streicherhair posted a bang cutting tutorial on Instagram a few days ago.

  58. I cut my boyfriend’s hair last week, and it went well! I watched quite a few YouTube tutorials (he has a couple of cowlicks). The back-up plan was try try a second shorter cut, and if that didn’t work, he was going to shave it all off. :)

  59. I have super long thick hair and it was driving me crazy and taking all day to dry so I let my 6 year old daughter cut it. I figured if she cut off 2 inches, as soon as this is all over, my hairdresser can take off another inch and it will be fine. She had so much fun and it looks great! The only scary part was right at the beginning when my husband said to her “wait, wait, wait that’s way too short!!!” and she said “well, I’ve never done this before!” :-)

    • Eliza says...

      Major brave mom win!

  60. Vicki says...

    I love her. That is all

    • Kara says...

      Vicki! I love you, too!!

  61. Kaitlin says...

    I’m honestly thrilled about how my hair is because no one is looking at it. Specifically, I have really curly hair that looks great short or long but not in between. I want to grow it out and have been rocking a half-up top knot for the last three weeks.

  62. Dienesa says...

    Curious how many CoJ readers cut their bangs after watching this… I almost just did.

    • Meg says...

      hahahaha! Best comment. & same.

    • Kara says...

      Most flattering thing I’ve (maybe ever) heard. Do not do what I did though (panic and use the completely wrong technique). There are amazing videos out there!

    • Emily says...

      My heart just burst. Today was a difficult day – thanks for making me smile!

  63. Rosabella says...

    I got a haircut about 2 weeks before my country’s quarantine started. This means that even though I am itching to get to the salon for a mani-pedi, I do not have to worry about my hair as it looks great! And everyone with whom I have Zoom meetings and classes gets to see my hair. I cut my hair every three months or so, do not color, and have a trimmer and I am unfraid to cut off a bit if it seems “off”.
    Actually it is not my hair but my old t-shirts who should fear me and my scissors during quarantine….

    • megan says...

      me too! I went the Monday before St. Patrick’s Day when it was just barely beginning. We both used a lot of hand sanitizer and there was almost no one else in there the whole time, but I am SO happy to have cut it a little extra short and gotten my highlights pretty light because it’s one less thing to feel like I’m missing out on.

  64. ANYA KAMENETZ says...

    I dyed my hair blue and purple and I LOVE IT. I did my 8 year old daughter’s hair too. I always wanted to but it felt too unprofessional…My hair is also longer than it’s been in years. It’s like mermaid waves.

    • Amanda says...

      I got a haircut I didn’t love back in January and told myself I’d get it fixed in March. Well that obviously didn’t happen! My hair is long right now and it feels like a big, heavy curtain. I’m itching to get it cut into a bob but I know better than to try and do that myself.

      So, lots of ponytails happening over here!

  65. Gabi says...

    Kara, your bangs looks AWESOME! Hooray for you. And yes: hair grows back!

    • Kara says...

      Thank you!! Right?! Nothing to lose.

  66. I used Kristin Ess’s “chocolate cosmo” gloss last night to give my hair some life and it felt so good, and it turned out great! I was contemplating bangs before quarantine, but decided to wait because I actually am loving being able to pull it up for workouts right now!

  67. kat says...

    This sounds like a ‘Reductress’ headline. Made me laugh

  68. Catherine says...

    I used to say if President Obama called to meet with me about a global problem, but I had a hair appt. at the same time, well… Yep. Sorry Mr. President. NO can do. Hair eclipses everything.

    • G says...

      Hahaha…”no guy I have ever dated liked bangs”. Ugh, why not?

  69. Matilde says...

    Bangs are really high maintenance during a quarantine. I’ve had bangs since I was a child (I’m now 28) but I never trimmed them myself. I don’t mind the rest of the hair getting longer but I don’t feel like myself without bangs. Having said that, I ordered a pair of scissors and going to try to trim them myself (or have my husband do it since he can actually see what he is doing!). Fingers crossed :)

    • katie says...

      Pixie cuts are also super high maintenance. I get my haircut every six weeks, religiously. I’d be happier with four, but money.

      I’m working from home right now, but I told a few people I work with I will not return until I can get my hair done.

      To would have been my six week appointment. I’m ordering bobby pins.

    • Michaela says...

      I used to trim my own bangs, and I learned this little twist trick: gather your bangs into the center of your forehead and twist them in one direction until you have a little “rope.” Then trim straight across the bottom of it. I don’t know how, but this somehow helped the blending so that the center was a little shorter and the sides a little longer. Finish by styling your bangs how you normally would and trim upwards into them with tiny snips to soften the straight-across cut.

      You should google this technique as it’s been a long time since I did it myself. :)

  70. Laura J says...

    Kara, thank you for sharing this! Your bangs look great! When I was in college I would sometimes trim my bangs late at night, when I came home from consuming alcoholic beverages. Not a good move.

    • Kara says...

      My friends edited this video, but halfway through I got a glass of wine…. And thank you!

  71. Heidi says...

    I adore them, too. So nice and thick. Great job!

    • Kara says...

      Thank you!! xoxo

  72. Breamons says...

    I finally dyed the ombre ends of my hair a rose gold color – since who’s gonna see it anyway! – FRIENDS.. it turned out SO GOOD. It would be too wild for my office, but it was so lovely to try something I wanted to for so long. It’s like dark brown on top with slightly gingery ends. Like a strawberry ginger.

    • Savannah says...

      This sounds gorgeous!

  73. Amanda says...

    Ahhh! SO ADORABLE. Love this cute reader and her bangs.

    I have cut my own bangs for year and years and RIGHT before the pandemic hit I decided to get a David Bowie shag cut. Oops. Can’t wait till my bangs grow back and I can just cut my own damn hair.

    • Kara says...

      Thank you! Also a David Bowie shag sounds amazing!!!

  74. Clou says...

    I once cut my bangs with fingernail clippers in the office bathroom. You gotta do what you gotta do. Besides, it always grows back.

  75. Mandy says...

    I was going to say, “Unfortunately I haven’t had my hair cut since October,” (I’m growing out a pixie cut), but it’s now (weird and) shoulder-length! Something to work with! And — most importantly — I was able to snag a virtual tutorial at the end of this month with Jayne from Edo Salon. I. AM. DELIGHTED. It is keeping me going. I cannot wait to spend a virtual hour with amazing, smart, incredible Jayne, razor cut my own hair, and look fabulous. Just wait, everyone!

    • Justine says...

      You must post a before and after for us via Joanne!

    • Autumn says...

      How amazing! I am hoping to snag an appt with her too. Just ordered my hair razor thingy.

  76. Emma says...

    Looks SO good and I am impressed! I’m very grateful and lucky to have hair that I call “well behaved” which means I do nothing but cut it 3 times per year and wash it when I remember and it manages to look decent! (My skin on the other hand… is NOT well behaved. Ditto my personality).

    • Susannah says...

      Hahaha!

    • Kara says...

      Thank you!! Nothing in my life is well behaved, though, and this picture is the best I’ve looked in weeks, if that helps.

  77. Tovah says...

    Hair is everything! Fleabag forever!!!

  78. Cate says...

    Super cute. Is it just me, or does she look a bit like Toby? :)

    • yj says...

      I thought it was a girl Toby and was very confused as to how he’s grown so much in 4 weeks! :)

    • Leah says...

      Ha! Yes! At the first quick glance I thought Toby cut his own hair!

    • Sarah says...

      I came here to say this too! Could definitely be Toby’s big sister!

  79. Rosa says...

    I used to babysit Kara and her brother when she was a little! I love her sweet funny Mom (Hi Judy!) and this was a perfect reminder that I can just wait to cut my own 6 year old daughter’s hair as we shelter in place or I could just go for it!

    • Kara says...

      Rosa! My mom was so excited I showed her this comment. We love and miss you!! xoxo

  80. Erin says...

    Her new look (and personality) is absolutely adorable! I regularly cut my bangs when necessary or when I need a change, so that is nothing new for me. However this weekend, my husband asked me to buzz his hair for the first time. It was so overdue to be cut and he couldn’t take it anymore. He doesn’t own a proper buzzer, since he typically sports a styled cut. It took forever using a beard trimmer. I would cut sections using super sharp scissors and then trim down until the head was even. He was so patient and trusting. The experience was odd, it felt so intimate yet heavy – not dissimilar to the new normal I suppose. In any case, I love his new look! Good luck to all of your scissors and buzzer endeavors!

    • Lindsay says...

      Erin, same! I cut my own bangs all the time because I’m too lazy to go to my hairdresser for that and I think I do a fine enough job (he may disagree!). But I gave my husband a haircut for the first time a few days ago with his junky beard trimmer and cheap scissors and it was a slog! I’m amazed it came out looking pretty decent. And after seeing my sweet skills even my curly-haired 3.5 yr old asked me to cut her hair and she’s been anti-haircut her whole life. I only trimmed a few long pieces and thankfully didn’t ruin it. I miss my own hair colorist already!

    • Kara says...

      Erin! Thank you! xoxo

  81. hm says...

    I’ve had a pixie cut for many years, and have cut it myself for the past 8+ years. I get a lot of compliments on it, which turn into horrified gasps when I say “thanks, I cut it myself!”

    I have cut it too short once or twice, but you know, it’s just hair. Just go heavy on the eye makeup for a few weeks until it’s back in business–no harm done. Be brave, home hair-cutters!

    • Nicki says...

      Love this, and fully subscribe to the “it’s just hair” philosophy.

      I went to university in London and used to “hair model” for Tony & Guy hair-cutting classes, where you can just walk in to get a (free) hair cut by a student in training. The problem is that it can take hours, because the students keep asking the trainers to check on their progress. I discovered after a few sessions that you get a free cut in about 15 min if you volunteer right at the beginning to have your hair cut on stage by one of the Tony & Guy professionals/trainers – the catch is that you have to be open to getting whatever cut they feel like giving you.

      I got some of the most fun hair cuts of my life during that time, including one asymmetric pixie cut with a sort of rat’s tail (the kind that were cool among middle-school boys in the 80s). .

      I’m now a busy, working mom living in a place with very few hairdressing options, so these days I just keep it long and get a trim once a year (twice if I’m lucky) while visiting my hometown. So that’s been the least of my quarantine worries. Thanks for reminding me of my more adventurous hair days :)

    • Kristin says...

      Hahaha, this is my ultimate goal! I have always planned to allow my hair to go grey/white and then cut it all off, and I’m very hopeful I can learn how to cut it decently myself!

    • cg says...

      This. ^^^^^

      I’m pretty much a “just hair” kinda person as well.

      I grew my hair out for my wedding, and when I came back from my honeymoon, promptly went to the hair dresser and lopped off about 12+”. I was ecstatic. The lady sitting next to me actually cried. She was having a difficult enough of a time getting her hair trimmed an inch, and when she saw the first lop off my head she gasped and then started to tear up. Meanwhile I was beaming like a fool. She told me I was brave, I replied that it was hair and would grow back. She responded that she wished she felt the same. I told her that she was brave to take off an inch too. That’s when I realized that for some people, it’s not “just” hair.

    • Nicky says...

      Same here! I’ve cut my own for 20 years off and on, and most people are (somewhat admiringly?) horrified. My secret is to drink a little whiskey first. It always comes out better when I’m a bit loose.

    • Caitlin D says...

      Any tips for DIY pixie maintenance???

    • Laura says...

      Pixie cut here, for DECADES, and haven’t been to a salon since 1996. Sometimes I go really short, then maybe let the layers grow longer for a month or two. When I total how much money I have NOT spent on hair over the years (am mid 50s with no grey yet), it’s quite pride-making. And no one has ever suspected that it’s a homemade situation.
      Way to go, HM.

  82. I cut my husband’s hair last week! Thank GOODNESS he can’t see the back.

  83. Alison says...

    Thank you for sharing this with the world! A much needed laugh. Kara, you can come cut bangs for me when this whole shebang is done with.

    • Kara says...

      Would LOVE to!

  84. Emily says...

    Kara, Hi, I am Emily. Did we just become best friends?!

    • Kara says...

      I hope so!!

  85. Midge says...

    My stylist emailed me and said, “Do NOT cut your bangs!” Fortunately I’m a long layers gal so everything is just swooping to the side. I’ve hot-rollered a few times, too!

  86. Alli says...

    Ok, so she is adorable….and her bangs are perfection! Well done!!!

  87. Marlena says...

    Woe be unto those of us who sport pixie cuts at this time. I am showing serious signs of what can only be described as emerging football helmet head. Soon, no amount of hair clips or bobby pins will be able to hold it down. I told my husband that he will know that I’ve snapped when he hears me upstairs with the electric razor….. LOL

    • lauren says...

      Solidarity, Marlena. I was lucky enough to have my last pixie cut the day before my NYC neighborhood went into lockdown a month ago; I’ve probably got another month before I start looking like a zeppelin with a face. I keep trying to get my husband to agree to cutting my hair with his beard trimmer when we get there, but he remains unconvinced. WHAT’S THE POINT OF SOCIAL ISOLATION IF I DON’T GET TO SHAVE MY HEAD, JOE.

    • Meg says...

      SAME. I’ve had a pair of clippers in my amazon cart for the last several days.

      I mean…how bad could it REALLY go?!?

    • Marlena says...

      Lauren – “like a zeppelin with a face” I’m hollering! Ha! I can just imagine thousands of us with pixie cuts just eyeing the clippers every time we see them. Like, “You and me. We got a date reeeeal soon, baby.” Hahaha
      Like Meg said, how bad could it really go?

  88. Nicole says...

    This video is so heartwarming, hilarious, and adorable. Can I subscribe for more? :)

    • Kara says...

      Love this! xoxoxo

  89. Annie says...

    My girlfriend is butch-presenting and experiencing daily, mounting, semi-comical panic about her hair growing out in quarantine (“HELP! MY GENDER IS CHANGING!”). In texting with our other queer friends, we’ve realized this is a widespread phenomenon – so much so that there is an Instagram dedicated to it (@butchhairquarantine). As a loving femme partner to my swaggery human and her increasingly shaggy head, I live in fear that I will soon be called upon to watch YouTube tutorials and learn how to wield clippers… tl;dr: PRAY FOR LESBIANS WITH HIGH-MAINTENANCE HAIRCUTS (and those who love them)!

    • Emily says...

      This is hilarious. Best of luck to you with those scissors.

    • Amy W says...

      Hysterical. Sending love during this trying time.

    • nadine says...

      Hahaha Good luck Annie! We’ll be rooting for you!

  90. Bec says...

    I, for one, will never tire of Fleabag references…keep it up! ;)

  91. cate says...

    my hair is doing some weird stuff these days, after stopping hormonal bc and then getting pregnant. Lots of weird wispies that were making me feel not great during the many work/social video calls. Finally thought, headbands! Bought two soft knotted one, and they have joined my leggings as an essential part of my wfh uniform.

  92. KarenJ says...

    Have you seen this “Bangs” skit from the Canadian comedy ensemble Baroness Von Sketch? So relevant. They are hilarious!

    https://youtu.be/X_LzYDDUCjQ

  93. Caitlyn says...

    Love this video!

    • Kara says...

      xo

  94. Anne says...

    I bought clippers online, watched a bunch of how-to videos, studied some diagrams, and gave my five-year-old son a haircut this morning! It took about an hour and looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. (It would have been better if he stopped complaining about being itchy and not being able to see the TV!) My husband is next, and I’m kind of excited.

  95. Laura says...

    I cut my own hair WAY too short, good thing I have another month before people have to see me :)

    • Le says...

      Ditto! It was just my bangs, but oh my goodness. I have a huge forehead, too. Oops! Should have watched a how-to video!

  96. Caitlin says...

    They look so good!! I love them!

    • Kara says...

      Thank you so much!! It was high risk, high reward!

  97. Lauren says...

    WOW! How cute is this girl?? Honestly it looks great, idk how she did it!

    • Kara says...

      You are too kind. It’s my shaky hand and firm resolution!!!

  98. Nicole says...

    This video is hilarious. And Kara is rockin’ those bangs!

    • Kara says...

      Thank you and THANK YOU!!

  99. Tasha says...

    I just cut my little girl’s bangs yesterday. Fortunately she’s only four, so she doesn’t realize she looks like Jim Carrey from “Dumb and Dumber.”

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

    • Laura says...

      I love this comment! My daughter has rocked those bangs too!

  100. Betsy says...

    I had been contemplating curly bangs for a while. Now that no one will see, I took the plunge. The trick is TAKE YO TIME. Cut longer and less than you think you need, give it a wash and a day to settle, see if ya good and edit later on.

    Overall, I prefer cutting my own hair. Hairdressers don’t ever really understand that it’s more than one texture that changes with length and cut it assuming I’m going to heavily heat style it.

  101. Danielle Firth says...

    I had anxiety watching! haha

    • Kara says...

      I was anxious doing it. My hands were shaking!! It was actually kind of nice to have my anxiety manifest so specifically for once.

  102. celeste says...

    Bought a box of hair dye, haven’t used it yet, mostly using headbands to cover roots. :(

    • judy says...

      Do it!!!!! It’s exhilarating!!!!!! And you feel soooooooo much better. I hadn’t colored my own hair in years and was so gad I gave it a go.

  103. Amy says...

    Glasses & bangs are such a great look! I am so tempted to bring back my childhood bangs, but I know I hate the feeling of hair in my face so they’d be clipped back 95% of the time and it just doesn’t seem worth it.

    On the flip side, I hope this season encourages people who were considering growing out their grays to take the jump since they’ll have a few months at home to jumpstart it. I have to say, I think it looks pretty classy on my age group (30s)!

    • Louisa says...

      I have never colored my grays and I feel like this is the time to try it! I think we’re all going to emerge from quarantine looking entirely unrecognizable to each other :)

  104. Rya Lauber says...

    Kara, I am so tempted, but you are a braver woman than I.

  105. Lynn says...

    I thought that was a face morph of you and Toby!

    • Edan Lepucki says...

      I also thought this was Toby!

    • KC says...

      Same!

    • Marcy C. says...

      Same on the Toby resemblance!

  106. AJ says...

    I adore this video! Kara- you’re rocking those bangs. Brava :)

  107. Stephanie says...

    ADORABLE!

  108. Katie says...

    My bangs need a trim BADLY and having to see them reflected back at me during Skype calls is NOT HELPING, haha. Thing are about to get weeeeeird!

  109. Meredith says...

    I gave myself a long layers trim on Sunday and am SO impressed with my skills (thanks YouTube!) That I may be done with the salon experience for good. I am so excited thinking about all the things I can spend my savings on!

  110. JP says...

    I got 7 inches cut off a couple of weeks before Seattle went into quarantine. When I got my hair done, I was dating someone, spring was coming, and I was planning a trip. I was pretty excited, because I had also lost 70 lbs the year before and I felt like a whole new me. 2 weeks later, I’m single and at home. No one got to see my haircut! And I’ve gained 10 lbs. Now I’m at that awkward length where it hits your shoulders and flips out. It’s a mess. I’m setting aside money now for a big spa day – Haircut, facial, eyelashes, massage.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      A big spa day sounds like a dream!

  111. ASHLEY JOHNSON says...

    ?A+ content!

    “I’m going through a breakup … with the outside world”

    “I’ve resorted to calling myself sweetie”

    *mid cut* “Ohmygod. What am I doing.”

    Kara, I think you look super cute. If you’re looking for some help refining your bang-lets, the stylists at Edo Salon (@edosalonandgallery) are offering FaceTime appointments!

    • Kara says...

      Will DEFINITELY be booking a Facetime appointment to refine my masterpiece. Thank you so much for appreciating this! I was talking to my camera alone and it’s so comforting to know that people out there are connecting. xoxoxo

  112. Melissa says...

    Bahaaha. I skipped that and buzzed it all off. Hair is overrated.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      how cool!

    • Mariel says...

      It feels incredible, right?! I did it once after my honeymoon just for kicks. I would keep a shaved head, but it upsets my grandfather haha. :)

  113. Mairéad says...

    Haha, just gave up half way through cutting my sons hair! Will try again tomorrow without the glass of wine – 2 boys to do – the girl can wait! It is so much harder than it looks. I’m tempted to cut a fringe in my own hair after watching this though x

  114. Justine says...

    You look fabulous with bangs :-) Well done.

  115. Carole says...

    Adorable! They look great!

  116. Casey says...

    I am growing out my bangs (for now anyway) and just switched to bar shampoo (thanks Caroline for the reviews!).

  117. Janine says...

    I’m really hoping roots going the middle of your head will be in this summer. I’ve considered box dyeing it at home, but I don’t want to break my hairstylist’s heart when this is all over.

    • Tovah says...

      I have been thinking about how INSANE hair salons are going to be when this all passes. Can you imagine!?!?

    • Jo says...

      She’s so cool. Do you think she looks a little bit like Toby? If he was a grown-up woman?