Time to get the scissors out? (Picture: Getty)

Life in self-isolation, which could go on for months, is almost certainly going to take a toll on hair and beauty routines.

The truth is that your skin is likely to thrive – considering there’s no need to apply make-up to leave the house and that face masks can be worn from the comfort of your work-from-home desk.

Your hair, on the other hand, will probably suffer.

At some point, fringes will need to be trimmed and split ends will need to be sorted. And if coronavirus self-isolation goes on for a few months, this could leave some people in a pretty dire place.

For those considering a DIY job, we’ve asked hair professionals to share their tips on cutting hair at home. 

It’s worth pointing out that most of the experts we talked to stressed that, in order to avoid any disasters, cutting hair at home should only be considered a last resort.

But here are some important things to think about if you do decide to get the scissors out.

Don’t cut a fringe horizontally

Celebrity hairdresser Jamie Stevens says there’s a certain technique to cutting a fringe – and it’s not what you might expect.

He tells Metro.co.uk: ‘If you need to take a bit of weight out of a fringe, use a point cutting technique, this is where you hold the scissors vertically and snip into the ends. 

‘Don’t try and cut horizontally across your fringe, and avoid any style that requires blunt or straight lines. Be aware that if you pull hair taught and cut it, it will jump back up, especially if you’ve pulled it tight over your ears.’

Don’t do it yourself

Ana Gomes, a hair stylist at Blush and Blow London, says: ‘Ideally I would not recommend anyone to cut their hair themselves as it is impossible to achieve a completely straight haircut, due to the moving involved.’

So it’s best to rope your partner, flatmate or sibling into helping you, rather than trying to tackle it yourself.

Make sure hair is wet 

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It’s always best to get someone else to cut your hair (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Ana says it’s best for hair to be wet all over in order for it to sit completely flat while you are cutting.

In terms of the cut itself, she adds: ‘Section the hair in a middle parting from the hairline to the nape of the neck.

‘Comb all the hair forward so it sits above the chest, tightly flatten the hair between your middle and index finger stop at your desired length and cut in a straight line. Follow…

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