As I write this post, we’re all in lockdown, which none of us expected… Least of all me… or my hair. The last time I went to see my hairdresser was before my work’s Christmas do so you can imagine the state it’s in. Yup, I have coronavirus hair! The ends are so split they look like tree roots – I can barely get a brush through it! So, out of curiosity, I looked up how to cut your own asymmetrical bob at home, and it looks doable. So as I’m suffering from severe lockdown boredom and needing to satisfy my spontaneous side, I’m going to give it a go.
Firstly, I’d probably better address why I’m all of a sudden so obsessed with my hair after completely neglecting my appearance for so long. Well, at first I wasn’t too worried, like nobody’s going to see me, right? Wrong! Although I’m working from home, I’m a Marketing Manager, so I still need to attend virtual meetings with my team. When these meetings happen, I’m really conscious that my hair looks a total mess! Also, it just feels hideous having all these split ends against my face and neck.
So without further ado, I’ll show you how I cut my own hair at home during lockdown. And if anyone wants to follow along, here’s a little playlist that might help…
Before I explain how to cut your hair yourself at home, I’m just going to slip a little disclaimer in here. I do not accept any responsibility for ruining anyone’s life if they follow my example. It’s absolutely up to you what you choose to do with your head, and I absolutely will not take the blame for you messing up.
Personally, due to the social distancing measures in place, I’m not likely to be going any important events any time soon. Therefore, I’m not too bothered if this doesn’t turn out perfect. Furthermore, I do plan to pay my hairdresser a visit the moment we’re allowed out so she can tidy up whatever mess I’ve made at the back. For now, at least, as long as the front of me looks pleasing, I’ll be happy.
Am I Qualified to Cut an Asymmetrical Bob?
Absolutely not! I’m not a hairdresser and have very little hair styling ability. Although I did use to have very long hair when I was younger, which I used to cut myself all the time. I was pretty confident doing these kinds of DIY haircuts because if I brushed my hair down in front of my face, I could see what I was working on. The bob cut I’m about to attempt, on the other hand, is a little more challenging, as most of it is at the back where I can’t see, but here goes.
Just in case anyone does fancy trying this with me, I’m just going to tell you a little bit about my hair so you can judge for yourself whether or not this might turn out for you.
I have relatively thick and somewhere in between straight and curly hair. The most apt description is probably wavy with a fine layer of frizz and quite a lot of spring to it. This does make my hair quite hard to tame, but thankfully, it has an excellent shine to it when straightened – if I do say so myself! Luckily for me, it also falls into a bob rather nicely.
If you have poker-straight hair or curly hair, obviously you’re going to get different results.
Tools You Might Need to Cut Your Own Hair at Home
I don’t have any professional shears, so I’m just using some hair scissors I had lying around the house. I actually think they might be out of Paul’s beard grooming kit*. They are probably nothing like the quality a hairdresser might use, although I imagine they will do a better job than my kitchen scissors.
As well as scissors, I have a comb, some small claw clips* – or jaw clips, a hair bobble* and a hair dye brush. If I had a tail comb*, I would be using that instead of the dye brush, but I haven’t, and we’re in lockdown. So I’m doing the best I can with what I’ve got!
But First… Colour
Since noticing my first silver strands at the tender age of 26, I haven’t had natural hair. As you can probably tell in the picture above, my roots are about an inch long! So the first thing I’m going to do is dye it. I’m not going to give instructions on the hair dying process here because I’m guessing anyone reading this is mostly interested in how I’m going to cut it.
Step by Step Guide to Cutting Your Own Hair in an Asymmetrical Bob
Not being a professional hairdresser, I don’t trust myself to get both sides of a bob dead even. So rather than end up with a cut that just looks a bit lopsided, I’m going to go for a deliberately asymmetrical style instead. Scroll down to the end of these instructions to see a picture of how mine turns out. This will give you a fair idea of what you could be working towards if you’re mad enough to want to that is!
Section the Hair & Cutting The Main Length
- Wash and comb your hair into a centre parting
- Using a comb, draw a straight line from your centre parting to just at the back of your ears
- Section these pieces off with a small jaw clip (I find it helps to twist these pieces of hair until they wrap around themselves into little buns – think early 90’s Bjork)
- Comb the rest of your hair into a ponytail at the back of your neck and secure with a hair bobble
- It’s crucial to get your ponytail as straight as you can. The neater your ponytail is, the straighter the cut will be
- Pull the hair bobble down your ponytail level with however short you want the shortest lengths of your hair to be at the back
- Cut your hair off as evenly as you can just below the hair bobble
Cutting the Shortest Side Level With the Back
- Remove the hair bobble and when you shake your hair out, you should have a pretty neat bob
- Remove the jaw clip from the section of hair on whichever side you want to be the shortest first
- With your right hand, run a comb through this section to pull this section of hair level with the back
- Using your left hand, with your knuckles facing skywards; Run your fingers down this section of hair so that it creates a straight line that’s level with the back
Finishing Off With a Little Asymmetry
- Cut just along the underside edge of your fingers
- Remove the jaw clip from the remaining section of hair and repeat what you’ve just done on the other side. Only this time, instead of creating a line that’s level with the back, it should be at a sharp diagonal
- Blow-dry and straighten your hair with a pair of scissors to hand to neaten up any stray bits
And that’s how easy it is to cut your own asymmetrical bob haircut at home! If you’ve followed the instructions above, you should now have a pretty chic looking asymmetrical bob. If you haven’t, I’m sure you can style it into something pretty for now and let your hairdresser sort it out later!
So, are you brave enough to try this out for yourself? If you are, I would LOVE to know how it goes! Please leave your comments below and share your results with me on social media.