You're at home. You've been there for weeks. You're standing in your bathroom. You're holding the clippers. You're wondering if this is a good idea. You're one of millions of people who have thought about cutting their hair during lockdown/self-isolation.
At the end of the day, not many people will notice if it ends up being horrible - and now, some interesting research from Cosmetify has laid bare everything that people have been Googling about hair and beauty over the past few weeks.
While there is a lot to unpack, the most notable figure is a 124 percent jump in the number of people looking up 'how to cut a mullet'.
Whether it's the influence of Joe Exotic's beautiful mane on Tiger King, a general revival of the 1980s hairdo, or simply a bid to see how silly you could look, it's hard to pin down why there's been such a surge of interest in the 'business in the front, party in the back' style.
Elsewhere, the largest jump in search trends has been for 'how to cut men's hair', which has seen a whopping 632 percent jump. If this very question pertains to you... well, sit back and let an expert explain.
Tyla spoke to salon owner and L'Oreal colour expert Ruby Hook about three different ways to cut men's hair - and, importantly, not ruin their lives.
First up, for just a trim:
If you need a little tidy up, and aren't ready to subject yourself to anything too drastic, Ruby recommends you use hair scissors. Of course, unless you're a hairdresser, they're not likely to be an option, so she says that small scissors or a good set of clippers will have to do.
Ruby says: "You can do this as a dry or wet cut. Begin by using a comb to brush the hair down, and then slowly take off the ends and edges using your fingers and scissors."
Next, Ruby says to use the clippers to neaten up the neck line, adding: "Try not to take off too much when you do it as it is a trim and not a full on hair cut."
Next, the buzzcut:
If your new client wants you to take the whole lot off with a buzzcut, you'll need a good pair of clippers.
Ruby says: "First, you need to decide what length you would like and select what guard you will need. On dry hair, take the clippers to the top of the head and move against the grain (front to back) in a straight, repetitive motion."
And lastly, we get onto the tricky one, the fade:
We've all seen the disaster stories over the last few weeks, but should you try to do a fade.
Long story short, Ruby says no.
She advises: "No matter the hair type - straight or afro hair - to achieve the results of a barber would be hard and could leave you looking uneven."
Ruby warns that all hair grows differently and has different textures and growth patterns.
She explains: "Depending on what type of hair you have, will determine how often you will need to have it cut [or] shaped up.
"For example, curly hair maintains a round shape as it grows and could last two-plus weeks, but thinner, straighter hair can start sticking out after just a week."
So there we have it - give it a go at your own risk. Good luck, LADs.Featured Image Credit: Netflix