VIDEO: With barbershops closed, many of us are turning to homemade haircuts

As my hair raged out of control, I surrendered to a homemade haircut. (© Richard McGuire Photo)

Barbershops were among the businesses ordered to close in B.C. on March 21. My regular barbershop closed about a week earlier just as I realized I badly needed a haircut.

At the time, I joked that I would have to grow hippie hair. But by early April, my hair was growing wild and out of control and the extra weight was starting to hurt my neck. OK, that’s exaggerating a bit, but I wanted a cut.

Social media has been packed with memes about people giving themselves haircuts that turned out very badly. I learned as a kid that cutting your own hair is not a good idea – when I tried it in elementary school, I kept taking more off to try to even it out until I was bald. Never again.

Fortunately, my partner, Maureen, used to cut her late husband’s hair and she offered to do mine. This video shows our hair-raising adventure.

For those who want to try doing their own or having their partner do it, I’ve found a few how-to articles for both men and women:

Author: Richard McGuire

Richard McGuire is an Osoyoos photographer who worked at the Osoyoos Times between 2012 and 2018, first as reporter and then as editor. He has a long career in journalism as well as research, communication and management at the House of Commons in Ottawa and in the federal government.

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