Have you finally plucked up enough courage to pick up the hair clippers? Will you be cutting someone’s hair for the very first time? If you want to get ahead in life, rather than suffer a hair raising experience, check out our top tips on turning your bathroom into a home hairdressing salon.
The Coronavirus lockdown has certainly had a huge impact on the way we live our lives. As part of the new normal, we now spend time socialising with friends and family online instead of in person, we’ve taken to baking cakes and cooking adventurous new meals, and our exercise routines have become increasingly more creative.
Many, many businesses have had to close their doors for the time being, including hair salons and barbers. As a consequence, we’ve now become a nation of have-a-go-hairdressers, with varying degrees of success! Sales of home hairdressing kits have skyrocketed, demonstrating that, when needs must, we’ll turn our hands to pretty much anything.
So, you’ve bought the kit and you’re ready to let loose on your loved one’s scalp. But where should you set up shop? Well, we think your bathroom is the perfect place to temporarily turn into your very own home hairdressing salon and, in this article, we’ll explain how to do it.
Your bathroom is the perfect place to cut hair during the lockdown
Why is your bathroom the perfect place to cut hair?
So why not just use your living room, kitchen or garden for this purpose? Well, your bathroom has the following things going for it…
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
…will help to keep you on the ball. It’s highly likely that your bathroom already contains a mirror or two, which you can use to check on progress. If not, it’s really simple to put up a mirror and place it at the perfect height for your victim…sorry, “customer”. Some bathroom mirrors come with an integrated shaver socket, which allows you to easily charge certain types of shaver too.
Instant access to a shower
Recently washed hair will make the whole process a bit easier, so a shower that is within easy reach is a real bonus.
Bath taps with a thermostatic valve and shower handset are ideal for that pre-cut hair wash
Most bathrooms feature tiled or vinyl/laminate flooring rather than carpet, making them easier to sweep and clean up afterwards.
A controllable climate
Unlike your garden or back yard, where the great British weather can turn at the drop of a hat, your bathroom has a controllable climate and a heated towel rail or radiator will help keep you all nice and comfortable.
No hairy moments at the dinner table
Your kitchen or dining room may seem a good a place as any to cut your loved one’s hair, although there is one major downside. And that downside is food preparation. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a mouthful of fluff for dinner, which isn’t pleasant in anyone’s book!
Lack of distractions
If you’re the type of person who gets easily distracted by something on the TV, it’s certainly better to be cutting hair away from such temptations. One glance at Kirsty and Phil could turn a light trim into a close shave!
So, now we know why the bathroom makes the perfect home hairdressing salon, let’s take a look at the setup.
How to turn your bathroom into a home hairdressing salon
- Get a chair and place in a convenient place in your bathroom
- Position the chair so that is facing a mirror, placed at a height that you can see your loved one’s whole head. If you are cutting a child’s hair, you may need to raise them up using pillows.
- Make sure there is space to the rear and sides of the chair.
- An old duvet cover or bed sheet is perfect for using as a cover, to help keep clothes free from hair.
- Dust sheets or bin bags can be placed on the floor beneath the chair, making it easier to clean up afterwards (see below).
- Place your scissors, hair clippers and any other utensils on a towel, on a suitable surface, within easy reach. A stool or small table is perfect for this purpose and a bamboo basket (like the one pictured below) is ideal for storage.
A bamboo box is the perfect place to store all your hairdressing equipment when not in use
You are now ready to begin.
If your loved one needs to wash hair first, it may be more practical for them to either take a shower beforehand or lean over the bath or into a shower enclosure and use a shower handset. A thermostatic shower valve is perfect for this purpose, as it maintains a consistent temperature and helps prevent accidental scalding.
How to get rid of excess hair
Once you’ve completed your loved one’s cheeky new summer hair do, you’ll no doubt be left with excess hair. So, what is the best way to get rid of it?
As mentioned above, the best thing to do is to place a cover over the person, to keep their clothes clean. You could also put down some dust sheets, old bed linen or dustbin liners, to catch any fallen hair, which you can then easily dispose of in the bin.
If this isn’t an option, you should be able to sweep up excess hair from a tiled or vinyl/laminate floor and vacuum to pick up the rest. To ensure everything is nice and clean, why not follow our guide to cleaning your bathroom floor?
By following this advice, you should have the best possible location for your home hairdressing salon. And the hairdressing itself? Well, that’s entirely up to you!