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How To Cut Your Own Hair At Home If You’re Really Desperate For A Trim

If you're desperate for a cut, YouTube is your best friend.
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It’s Day 24 of quarantine—you’re starting to lose track of what day it is, you’re struggling to stay productive (which you don’t always have to be), and your slightly longer hair has become noticeably unmanageable. You won’t be heading out anyway so there shouldn’t be a problem with having a couple of bad hair days. Or maybe you want to finally try sporting longer hairstyles like many of your celeb idols do (Here's a guide for the kind of long hair that would best fit your face shape). For some, though, growing their hair out isn’t an option, especially not in this heat.

Haircutting is best left to the professionals, so if you can wait it out, it's best to do so. But if you really, reaaally want to chop off your 'do, we’re left with no choice but to DIY our haircut for now. If you’re desperate for a cut, here are guides from YouTube that would hopefully be of help:

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If you can, ask someone you trust to do it for you.

If you’re not too confident about cutting your own hair, ask someone at home to do it for you. Preferably, it’s someone who has steady hands and who you believe is reliable when it comes to the art of cutting hair.  

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Here’s a video of Hollywood hairstylist Jen Atkin doing a simple fade on husband’s hair. Your mom or your brother may be no celebrity hairstylist, but virtually learning from one may just bring out their potential.

What you’ll need based on Jen’s video: a spray bottle with water, hair clippers, brush, comb, scissors, thinning shears

Jen starts by spraying some water on her husband's hair. She then starts with the hair clippers, using a short blade all through out. In a straight line, Jen starts by doing an up-and-out movement up until the temple and works in the same pattern around the head. She then switches to a #2 guard to fade and blend to the top part of the hair with the same up-and-out movement.

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Otherwise, watch online tutorials to see how to properly work with your hair-cutting tools.

If you ~must~ do it on your own because you trust no one else but yourself to touch your hair, at least look up tutorials on YouTube to see how other people are doing it. Here's one that features an actual hairstylist giving tips for guys who are left with no choice but to DIY their haircuts. It also has a mini explainer on hair clippers at the beginning of the video to help you better understand the essential tools before putting them to use.

Fair warning: hairstylist Tiffany Van Goey mentioned in the video that if you're not prepared to buzz off all your hair when things go ABSOLUTELY wrong and unfixable, then don't try attempting to cut it yourself. If you just want to buzz off hair around your ears for a more refreshing feeling, Tiffany says to just comb your hair over your ears and just trim around your ears with a simple beard trimmer. That's the safest, hairstylist-approved do-it-yourself project you can do for now.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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