Learn how to cut your fringe and give your fella a perfect short back and sides with our step-by-step guide – The Sun

STUCK indoors, challenges range from how to get your locks cut to pesky exes suddenly phoning or messaging.

We are now nearly three weeks into lockdown and many are feeling the strain. But panic not about your tangled hair and love life. We have experts to help.

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Here, they talk to Sarah Arnold and Douglas Wight. Hairdressing tutor and former Apprentice finalist Charleine Wain gives step-by-step guides to DIY haircuts and dating guru Verity Geere warns to beware bored exes who re-emerge.

CUTTING A FRINGE

STEP 1: Wash and towel-dry the hair. Then get a comb and scissors and let your wife, partner or daughter brush their fringe to where it would normally sit, downward towards the eyes. This should be a triangular section. It is important not to bring too much hair forward from the back or it will be too thick. Put rest of the hair in a ponytail.

STEP 2: Take an inch-wide section of fringe and comb it taut – bringing your fingers down their hair, keeping it tight to the bridge of the nose between the eyebrows. A bit of hair will be left hanging below your fingers.

STEP 3: Cut just below your fingers, so the hair will have room to bounce back slightly when dried and you will not have cut the fringe too short. If you are not sure, leave it slightly longer and you can always come back to the job. Less is always more if you are not sure.

STEP 4: Repeat these steps – moving to the right and left of the fringe section, cutting with scissors held sideways, working all the way left then all the way right and cutting a bit at a time. If you are ready to advance your skills, as you gain experience, face the scissors vertically to the fingers and chip-cut – this will give the haircut a softer finish.

SHORT BACK & SIDES

STEP 1: For the back of the head, put a grade-two blade on your clippers for a standard cut, or longer or shorter as desired. If unsure, and to save a row, start longer. Begin at the nape of the neck, moving the clippers up and down to a point level with their eyebrows. If new to this, you could use a ruler. Use clippers in the opposite direction to the hair growth, so no long bits are left. Ease away at the ruler line so hair blends.

STEP 2: Move to the left and repeat on the side of head. Using the ruler in line with the eyebrows, move the clipper up and down. Move to the right side and repeat.

STEP 3: For the top of the head, change the clipper to grade five for a shorter cut or grade eight for longer. Run the clippers from front to back, working across the top of the head. Work in the opposite direction to the hair’s growth.

STEP 4: Tidy up with a grade three on the clippers, blending the shorter back and sides with the longer top, moving the clippers up and outward. Take the grade off and run it on the neck to tidy stray hairs down to the hairline, then do the same with the ears. Pull the ears out . . . but be gentle!

DON'T FALL FOR EX WHO POPS UP

JUST as we social-distance, we should do the same with some of our blasts from the past.

Verity Geere, 39, has a hit blog about her dating mishaps which has been turned into a book, Man Detox. She says the lockdown sees “submarines” emerge – exes who suddenly pop up because they are bored.

Verity, who is also a radio host, says: “A bit like at Christmas, New Year and Valentine’s, loneliness means you hear from the submarines when they need attention.”

Apps Verity has used, such as MySingleFriend, Tinder, Happn, Bumble and OkCupid, report a rise in traffic now as folk try to connect or reconnect. But Verity, right, warns: “You might have old flames or not-quite-got-started relationships knocking about in your profile inbox, and it’s tempting to ‘check in’ or reply."

 

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“Take ‘Simon’ for example. He was the flashy one who broke my heart after wining and dining me then feigning illness before dropping me. I hadn’t heard from him since I sent an excruciating text after a few too many wines, along the lines of what massive part of him I missed. Idiot!

“Off the back of that, he had not been in contact for nine months. Then at Christmas, in true submarine style, he popped up. But during my man detox, I had realised I wanted more – not just people who got in touch when bored.”

Verity reckons the current lockdown offers time to reflect, adding: “It’s time to ditch the ‘Simons’ and come out the other side. Clear out clothes that don’t fit but also dating ‘potentials’ that never quite fitted.”

  • Man Detox, by Verity Geere, is published by Ad Lib, £8.99.

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