One of the biggest complaints amid quarantine has been the inability to get a haircut.
In general, it makes sense that this is a prime concern, but it seems a little odd while in isolation. We guess if you’re all about those Instagram selfies that’s a different story, but really though—has a haircut been so necessary that many of you have opted to chop those locks from home?
We reached out to hair impresario and Fekkai founder Frédéric Fekkai, who breaks down whether you really need that haircut right now, and how to make do if you’re still struggling as you await your salon’s reopening.
Mane Addicts: Do you REALLY need to worry about going 3-5 months without a haircut?
Frédéric Fekkai: It depends on your hairstyle and your length. Short hair, Bobs and shoulder length hairstyles would need a haircut within 8 weeks. Any styles longer than shoulders can sustain longer time.
MA: What happens to your hair when you go 3-5 months without a haircut?
FF: Only hairstyles with layers will grow unevenly and out of shape. It can become puffy or shaggy.
MA: What are signs that your hair is in dire need of a haircut?
FF: Once you see your hair out of proportion, flat or too puffy and has split ends you are in need of a haircut.
MA: What are signs that your hair can extend the typical limit you’d go without getting a haircut?
FF: When the layers don’t look disproportionate or ragged. When the bangs are no longer in the eyes and you can flip them to the sides. If you don’t have any split ends. If the hair is still able to hold a style and shape.
MA: Are there specific techniques you recommend to extend your typical limit for going without a haircut?
FF: Ponytails, updos and hair gels or finishing cream will help grow your hair and avoid the need for a haircut.
As for products in a pinch, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Hairstylist Jonathan Colombini recommends L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream—he tells us, “It helps seal split ends and protects hair from excessive heat styling.”
Now that you’ve let your hair grow, time to use one of THESE curl wands on your lengthy locks!