The other day, as I was talking to Jarilissima over on her blog in her comments section, she pointed out that you don’t actually get to see much of me on the blog save for occasional appearances of my face in product reviews. And it got me thinking.
I don’t know, I find the whole selfie culture a little too narcissistic and I don’t like plastering my face / likeness all over the Internet except for functional purposes such as reviewing skincare. Same goes for my social media, which at this point consists only of Facebook (are LinkedIn, WordPress and YouTube considered social media? Not counting them as such in this instance).
The things I upload on the Internet are usually meant to serve a purpose, be it informational, educational, or to make people laugh by sharing tidbits from my life e.g. conversations with my husband, things I overhear on the street, hilarious things that my students say or do, etc. I try not to make things about myself but rather, be of service.
At the same time, I guess having a better idea of the person doing the reviews can help humanise the whole experience, so here’s a little slice of me. If you think I should do something else, or go back to reviews only, let me know in the comments! Constructive criticism is always welcome.
I still want this post to be of use to someone, though. Today then, let me talk a bit about what it’s like cutting a pixie cut at home.
Cutting a Pixie Cut at Home
You may think that my pixie is a result of Corona measures, but that’s where you’re wrong! 😄 My husband has been cutting my hair for 3-4 years now and he has really improved his skills as the years have gone on. He is not a hairdresser – he brews beer for a living – however he has always been really hands-on and good with his hands too.
He noticed that every time I would come back from a local hairdresser, I would look a trifle deflated because I would always look a little too manly – as opposed to androgynous (my preferred look). He decided to help out by trimming off bits and bobs and adjusting the shape a little.
By the by. This is in no way, shape, or form meant to crap on Korean hairdressers. Pixie cuts for women are notoriously difficult to get right, plus my hair texture is completely different from that of Korean women’s. Where Korean women tend to have straight, thick, sometimes coarse hair, I have fine, wavy hair – and plenty of it – plus lots of cowlicks. They probably don’t get a whole lot of people like me, that’s all.
So over time, the Mister went from adjusting my haircuts to cutting all of my hair. It was a natural transition. The below is not meant to be a tutorial – just a description of what we do / he does.
Each cut is a little different but generally speaking, it’s a tad shorter around the ears and back of the head, and a little longer on the crown and the fringe. Sometimes I’ll wear my hair in a side sweep, but most of the time nowadays, I like it a little mushroomy like my favourite comic book heroine, Tulip O’Hare, of Preacher fame. Preacher is, by the way, my all time favourite comic book! If you like comics that are super fun – more so than most films I’ve watched, exquisitely drawn, but also make you think and take on new perspectives, Preacher is the one for you.
Get your tools ready… 🛠 ⚒ ✂
This is what we use:
- alligator clips – to keep hair out of the way
- regular hairdressing scissors – for cutting larger swaths of hair (black shaft)
- eyebrow scissors – for trimming and thinning out delicate sections (pink handles)
- thinning scissors – for thinning out larger sections of hair (plain metal scissors)
- brush (I use a TangleTeezer) – to detangle the entire head of hair within 10 seconds and brush out
- plastic comb – not pictured because it is clean but looks so grubby?! 😅
- optional but recommended: a barber’s cape
Cutting that Hair
We cut my hair last night, and I asked the Mister to take photos of the process… however he is currently Going Through Some Stuff and was in a rather grumbly/sad/angry mood… so he just went ‘NO’ and cut my hair. Perhaps I’ll get him to take photos next time?
Here’s what he does:
- Very important: He only cuts my hair dry. When it is wet, the texture changes completely – no point cutting it then.
- We also usually cut my hair in the bathroom as it tends to be easiest in terms of cleanup.
- A bar stool is great for this as it is a bit taller than a regular chair. Better for posture.
- First off, he clips longer sections of my hair out of the way using the orange alligator clips shown above, and using the regular scissors, starts by trimming my hair near the nape of my neck.
- Next, he moves up a couple of centimetres and trims the hair around the back of my neck.
- Then, he makes me turn sideways and cuts the hair around my ears, one ear at a time.
- The hair on the crown of my head is next, he tends to use the metal thinning shears for it. At this point, you need to be a little careful so as to leave the crown a little longer to maintain balance overall. If the crown turns out too short, it’s too easy to veer into mullet territory (unless that is the look you’re going for, of course).
- Once the crown is done, he cuts the bangs in the front. This is a crucial step and if this is something you’re doing at home, you may want to be very, very careful as face framing hair is what people notice first. He usually uses the little eyebrow scissors (pink shaft) only on my fringe.
- At this point, we are pretty much done and gather my ends to be thrown away. We clean and wipe the bathroom floors, then I’ll jump in the shower to shampoo and condition my hair or perhaps use some hair vinegar.
- Once I get out of the shower, I will towel dry and blow dry my hair lightly, the Mister comes back for a last look and makes tiny little adjustments where needed.
Just to give you a better idea, these are some before and afters:
Now it’s your turn.
Did you get a Rona Cut this year? Have you ever cut someone else’s hair?? Let’s talk in the comments!