I needed a haircut even before lockdown started in mid-March here in Ohio, USA.

Given the passage of time since then, my hair has been really looking shaggy and shapeless.

I forgot to take a Before picture, but believe me, it looked bad. πŸ˜›

I’ve cut my own hair off and on since that first momentous nighttime shearing of my long curls when I was 12. When I woke up the next morning, I was horrified at what I’d done. My wails of sadness drove my father out of the house.

Still, I’ve continued to cut my own hair, as well as other people’s, for a long time.

That does not mean I am in any way a professional stylist. But there have been some particularly good haircuts I’ve given myself throughout the years. Here is one of them, from 2016:

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Me, November 2016

Actually, though, I’d been planning to get a professional cut when suddenly the lockdown occurred, closing all the salons.

I have waited and waited. Hair salons will be opening in Ohio on May 15th, just two days from now.

But I’m still in a self-isolating category indefinitely, due to my age and some health conditions. It wouldn’t be a good idea for me to go to a salon anytime soon.

So today I took my scissors to my hair again.

At least I do have professional scissors, which are called shears. Mine are small, 5.5 inches, for better control. They have stainless steel blades from Germany. I got them at a wholesale beauty supplies store.

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My hairdressing shears.

Since I’m not a professional, it takes two or three days for me to achieve the haircut I want. The photo at the top shows the results of Day One.

I will let things “settle” for a day before I fix some obvious errors. With my naturally curly hair, it can take awhile for the curl to reassert itself. My hair definitely has a mind of its own! πŸ˜›

I don’t want to go too quickly with the haircut and end up with a shorter cut than I had intended. Although I do like the 2016 haircut, my face is different now, and I don’t think I would look good now with that short of a cut.

Stay tuned for further developments! πŸ™‚