How to Cut Your Hair in Quarantine: Here’s What I Did

My girlfriend Rachel cut my hair yesterday.

I was terrified.

But she was very excited.

I used this service called You Probably Need a Haircut to help make it go well.

For $30, they paired us up with a barber on a video call.

He showed us what to do.

“Before” Pictures

How My Girlfriend Said I Looked:

X-Men: Days of Future Past
source – X-Men: Days of Future Past

Versus How I Actually Looked:

Nick Gray during quarantine
Me, with very outgrown hair, supposedly looking like Wolverine.

Tools We Used

  1. Kitchen scissors
  2. Beard trimmer
  3. Hair clips
  4. Comb

That’s it. That’s all we had. But the stylist helped make it work!

Our Stylist

JaBarie Anderson hair stylist
Our stylist was great! This is JaBarie Anderson.

Cutting My Hair

Here’s how it went.

First, I was apprehensive. And scared.

Quarantine haircut Nick Gray
I’m thinking: “Oh my gosh…” while Rachel is thinking… “Yippeee!”

But our stylist was upbeat! And positive!

He gave us confidence to proceed.

hair stylist on video chat
Our stylist, with the slick clothes. My tripod / selfie stick is made by Benro, with a custom mount I use.

JaBarie even made us a diagram.

It showed how to separate the hair on my head for easier cutting.

Diagram of how to split hair for longer cuts
Diagram of how to split my hair into different sections for longer cuts.

We buzzed the sides with my beard trimmer.

Then we had to wet my hair to cut some of the longer sides.

Our stylist was giving us advice the whole time.

haircut via Zoom and FaceTime
Telling us on a Zoom and later a FaceTime how to make the cuts.

Things were going well!

Nick and Rachel smiling during quarantine haircut
Honestly we’re both shocked that we are still smiling after almost two months in quarantine.
hair on the floor
Lots of hair on the floor.

After cutting lots of hair, I went outside for this picture.

“After” Pictures

Here I am now:

Nick Gray smiling after quarantine haircut

Conclusion and More Information

It was great.

We would definitely do it again.

Thanks to my girlfriend, Rachel McEvoy, for a great cut.

It really is a dope service. We were surprised how helpful it was.

A lot of people think, “Oh, I can just watch a YouTube video. I don’t need to hire someone.”

But as our stylist said: the YouTube video is NOT going to tell you when you’re doing it wrong, or when you’re about to make a major mistake.

The Website:

This project was created by Greg Isenberg (Twitter, Instagram).

Here’s what the website looks like as of 2020-05-08:

“We pair you with a world-class hair stylist or barber via video chat to get your hair through these hard times.”

Have you cut your own hair, or had someone help you cut it at home?

How did it go? Email me or leave a comment.

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