We are so close to the end of quarantine and returning to some sense of normalcy, put down those scissors and that bottle of bleach! It’s time to talk about how to avoid ruining your haircut, damaging your hair, and cutting your own hair during the quarantine. 
Hello Summerville! It has been a very exciting week for everyone, but I count myself especially blessed for the announcement that salons and barbershops are allowed to open on May 18th! I can finally show you my new studio space, show off and offer my new services, and finally give you the haircut and hairstyle you’ve been missing these last few months! Please schedule your appointment with me sooner rather than later. My appoints have already started to fill up very quickly. You won’t want to wait any longer than you’ve had to due to the pandemic. I am so excited to open my doors and to welcome each and every one of you back into my shop! This is cause for celebration!
I do want to take a moment to thank all of my loyal customers and clients. Thank you for your patience, your loyalty, your support, and for looking out for me and my family. Without your care and support, I don’t know what these last few months would have been like. When you checked in to see how we were doing, commented on any social media posts, followed me on social media, and called to see when I would be accepting appointments again was such a boost of confidence. Working towards getting the new shop ready, getting all of my new services ready to go, and the chance to see you back in my chair has been my driving inspiration. Thank you! Also know that during this temporary shut down, I have spent a lot of time cleaning and disinfecting the shop to the level required by state ruling. While our amazing city is reopening, I am going to continue to follow safety protocols. I do have a smaller shop, so that will help with keeping everyone healthy and safe!
I also want to thank each of you for resisting the temptation of cutting, styling, and dying your hair through quarantine. Thank you for not hurting your hair and damaging the haircut I gave you. I promise that I will get your hair back into shape the minute I can. Now, I know it might take a moment before I can get to each of my clients, some cities are going to continue to observe quarantine, and who knows what the future could bring. To remain on the safer side of things, I wanted to create a little list to help guide and advise you on how to care for your hair during quarantine and how to NOT cut your hair while you’re waiting to come see me! By not cutting, I won’t have to fix anything. I can simply return to styling it. I strongly recommend that you follow these steps and suggestions instead of making any kind of drastic decisions. Believe me, you’ll thank yourself later.
  • You might have been very stressed during this time of quarantine and social distancing. Make sure that you use quality shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that help you achieve your desired hairstyle that also treats and protects your hair. Stress can lead to temporary hair loss and other issues. Take the time to de-stress, drink plenty of water, get plenty of rest, and allow yourself to focus on self-care. Avoid buying cheap hair care products or “quick fix” products, these could potentially damage your hair, and take some time to recover from.
  • Take the time for self-care. Take the time to pamper yourself with face and hair masks, and care for your hands and feet. Don’t ignore your fingernails, and pay attention to your facial hair gentlemen. Invest in a few hair care products dedicated to repairing and strengthing your hair, and ones that also care for your scalp.
  • If you are used to getting facial hair waxes, don’t get crazy with tweezing and plucking. Make sure you are gentle with plucking and be careful with ripping out the hair incorrectly. Use clean tools and make sure to keep the area of your face clean to avoid ingrown hairs or infection.
  • I know you’re ready to dye your hair again, but please avoid using over the counter and boxed dyes. You can seriously damage your hair by using these products. If it turns out to be a giant disaster, you could end up paying an extreme amount of money to repair the damage and to get it to the color you want.
  • Avoid using bleach on your hair or doing it by yourself.
  • Try and avoid buzzing your hair off, gentlemen. I know maintaining short hair is difficult. The main thing you need to focus on is to keep your hair and facial hair clean and healthy. Keep a clean line on your beard and facial hair. This goes back to my point about self-care. Invest in some beard oils and other beard care products to keep the hair clean and healthy, along with the skin underneath.
  • Instead of attacking your hair with scissors, teach yourself more about your hair. Don’t wash it as often, and possibly learn how to curl and style it yourself.
  • Gentlemen, you can experiment with different ways of wearing your longer hair and different ways of styling it to maintain confidence and to resist the urge of buzzing it all off.
  • Please don’t fall to boredom or the excuse that in quarantine it doesn’t count, and you can do anything to your hair. Remember, the quarantine will end and you will have to emerge from your house with whatever choices you made. From there, it might take time before you can get into see me, and you’ll be stuck with those choices much longer than you thought you would be. Changing up and keeping up your hairstyle is an important form of maintaining a good mood and good self-confidence. But, that is why you should stick to self-care instead of giving yourself a hair cut. You might not walk out of your bathroom with the perfect haircut and style, but your hair will look and feel healthy and you won’t be left with any regrets.
  • If you absolutely have to cut your hair right now, buy tools that are as professional as possible. Avoid using straight razors unless you have been trained to use them. They are extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly. Don’t buzz all of your hair off gentlemen, use a trimmer on a higher number setting, don’t go straight to zero. If anything, a trim with salon-quality scissors is the best option. It is best to avoid this step, and remember that quarantine will be over soon.
I hope these tips give you some relief and guidance during these unknown times. But, I am so excited to see each of you in my shop over the next few weeks as the shop reopens! Again, thank you for your patience and support. Thank you for being good to your hair during this time, too. It’s time to call and make an appointment, and I really will see you as soon as possible! Don’t forget! I am Patrick the Groomsmith and I am here with the best barbershop in Summerville, the best nonsurgical hair restoration in Summerville, and more.