Even though we're not going out knowing that your hair isn't looking it's best doesn't do anything for your well-being! And you might find you're doing a lot more video meetings for work, and to socialise. So, if you can't get to a hairdresser, or have one come to you it's good to do the best you can.
For hair that needs cutting:
A fellow image consultant in Boston, MA, USA, Ginger Burr, recorded a virtual interview with her hairdresser recently.
As you'd probably expect a hairdresser to say, the advice is not to attempt cutting or colouring your own hair as it's easy to mess both up. However, she does give tips to get you through to your next cut and/or colour.
The tips I found particularly useful are:
For hair that needs a colour. Cover roots:
- For short hair: try styling your hair differently. For example, curl it, or straighten in, or change the parting (to a different side, lower on the same side, or zig-zag). And try adding a hair accessory.
- For curly hair: take a few strands and pin (with hair clips or bobby pins) to create lift and shape
- For dry, frizzy hair: try leaving in your conditioner, or spray a solution of 50% conditioner and 50% water
- For a fringe (bangs): style with a side parting and sweep the fringe/bangs to the side
For both hair that needs cutting and hair that needs colouring you can play with head bands to cover roots and to create shape.
- With a can of coloured hair spray, or eye shadow or eyebrow shadow or mascara
- By creating volume and hiding roots
Head bands, turbans, and attractive hair clips are very much in fashion at the moment. However, if you don't happen to own a head band you can try making your own with a scarf or a fabric belt.
I tried this with a long, thin leopard print scarf that is almost invisible in my hair. It's comfortable to wear and allows me to create some lift and shape with my hair. I tied it in a similar way to what Lindsay describes at about 34 minutes in the video. The ends are simply twisted at the top to create the knot effect, then taken back on themselves and tied at the back of the head. (Please note in the photo below there's the top of a brown cane settee visible at the back of my head - it's not another hair accessory ;D)
I've created a short video to show you how I tied the scarf. Click here to access.
> You can access the video recording here
(Tip: to speed the video up, click the cog-wheel settings icon and click on playback speed. I usually prefer 1.25 times of even 1.5 times.)