Objects of Desire: DIY Beauty

By IRENE LACHER Weekendr Editor
Published on Sep 17, 2020

Pasadena hair salons are snipping indoors again as the city inches toward reopening. That’s great news for a lot of shaggy heads in town, as well as for their scissors-wielding caretakers. But that doesn’t mean a return to the insouciant salon visits of pre-pandemic days. The City of Pasadena still mandates such safeguards as mask-wearing and low occupancy –no more than 25 percent of the salon’s capacity.

Of course, nothing beats a cut commandeered by a talented professional, but not everyone is ready to make the leap to indoor grooming. For those, there’s the adventure of DIY haircuts. YouTube has literally zillions of video tutorials on cutting hair for children of all ages and genders, so find a look you like and give it a whirl. Allure magazine’s instructions are a good place to start.

Here are some tools and accessories for intrepid do-it-yourselfers.


You don’t have to spend a fortune (although you can) on hair-cutting shears that will give you a sleek result. These 5.75-inch hair-cutting shears are made of Japanese steel by Fromm, which has been manufacturing professional stylist tools for more than a century. These have a polished-silver-mirror finish, as well as a smooth blade and a nick-resistant beveled blade.

Fromm Explore 5.75-inch Shear Silver, $29.49, Sally Beauty, 631 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena. Call (626) 578-7512 or visit SallyBeauty.com.




Andis Slimline Pro Lithium Cordless Trimmer earned high marks from Men’s Health for its great battery life—up to two hours of run time—and comfortable operation, thanks to efficient motors that prevent the tool from getting too hot to handle.

Andis 32400 Slimline Pro Lithium, on sale for $64.50 on Amazon.com




You’ll probably just want to pick up a cheap-o hair-cutting cape, but we couldn’t resist Trending Tools 2’s stylish military-green nylon cape embellished with an embroidered rose design.

Designed Military Green Hair-Cutting Cape, on sale for $34.17, Etsy.com






Shaky hands? Fear not, aspiring home hair stylist. These Shark Tank-spawned CreaClips guide your scissor-wielding hand to create perfectly straight lines.

CreaClip Set of 2, $39.99, Amazon.com







Keep those itchy hair bits off your backs with Segbeauty’s lightweight silicone collar that forms a seal around your neck. Also provides a smooth baseline for cutting bobs.

Segbeauty Hair Salon Stylist Cutting Collar, $17.99, Amazon.com

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