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The Philips Series 5000, available for £39.99, has everything you’ll need for home haircuts. It’s important to allow yourself plenty of time as otherwise, you’ll be tempted to pick up a knife and hack away at the ice, which is dangerous. Instead, wait for the ice around them to melt. Now: £679 (£120 off) From: Virgin Media It has a selection of guards so you can cut hair from Grades 1-8, plus scissors, oil, a barber’s comb and a cleaning brush. Was: £596.33 upfront or £49.94 p/m The first step is to unplug your freezer.

For a bargain £7.95 you can buy stainless steel hairdressing scissors from Candure. This doesn’t affect our editorial independence. It comes with 8 guards, scissors, a comb and a case – as well as other bits and pieces.

Argos has lots of options. She’s interested in environmentally-conscious brands, and appliances that save time, money and improve our lives. It’s a good idea to defrost your freezer in the morning, when you plan to be home for the day.

Now: £362.21 upfront or £30.34 p/m (Up to £234.12 off) Note: We may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site, at no extra cost to you. Was: £596.33 upfront or £49.94 p/m Cutting hair, as many of us are finding out, is difficult. Another lockdown, another opportunity for a home hair cutting disaster. (On the other hand, if you want to get experimental, it’s probably not the worst time. You should defrost your freezer once ice begins to build up on the walls. The taper lever lets you change the closeness of the cut between guide comb lengths.

Now: £37 Clubcard Price (£13 off) By Emma Rowley, White Goods & Appliances Editor Emma Rowley| 18 Feb 2021 When the ice has melted, mop up around the freezer and then clean the inside – again, with warm, soapy water. Think trim rather than restyle. Prices start at about £20 and go up to £90. Don’t chop across. If they are frozen into the ice, don’t try to wrench them free.

Comb it straight down, then forward into a curtain, the edge pointing to your jaw. Make sure they’re perfectly dry before you put them back in the freezer or they’ll begin to freeze up again. Groom Professional Scissor Oil costs £5.99 and can also be used to maintain clipper blades. If you don’t defrost – and ice builds up – not only will it take up precious space that could be used to store food but it’ll actually mean that the freezer uses more power. And if the inside of your freezer looks like an ice cave on Hoth, it’s probably well past the time to get around to this task.

When it’s at a thickness of half a centimetre, your freezer will begin to work less efficiently. Now: £37 Clubcard Price (£13 off) Pin up the top two sections of the hair and start work on one of the back sections. Trim straight across a centimetre from the ends of the hair, or where you can feel the hair damage begin.

Twist the hair into sections – the more sections you have, the more even your cut will be. You also need a plastic straight comb, which should only cost you a couple of quid. Now: £362.21 upfront or £30.34 p/m (Up to £234.12 off) You’ll have to fridge it and eat it within two days.

But if you absolutely can’t wait (and who knows how long it’ll be before you can see the inside of a salon again), we can offer a bit of help. You’ll probably want a 1-3 setting to begin but the setting you use will depend on the hair length you’ve started with and how short you want it. Now: $69.99 ($29.99 off) Now: Up to $550 off (With free Galaxy Buds 2) As you might expect, many places have sold out but Amazon UK has a few options. Follow the shape of the hair. Don’t use the scissors on anything other than hair or you may damage them.

The clippers have a charging light and can be used corded or cordless. Alternatively, for £19.99, you can buy a home hairdressing kit that includes scissors, thinning scissors, a brush, comb and clips. Use this opportunity to wash freezer shelves, ice cube trays and bins in warm, soapy water. Make sure they are clean and dry before you put them away to keep them in the best condition. From: Laptops Direct Amazon also sells hair thinning scissors for £7.94 (if you’re absolutely sure you know what you’re doing with them).

Amazon sells one for £1.79. Remove all of the food and store it in a cooler. Your freezer is at its most efficient when cold air can circulate around food items. Now: £1,499.97 (£400 off) This way, you can keep an eye on the melting ice and won’t wake up to puddles on the kitchen floor. Here are some options.

Only cut your fringe when your hair is dry or it’ll come out much shorter than you intend. Let it melt naturally. If you’re cutting your own hair, you’ll need two mirrors so you can see what’s going on at the back of your head.

Now: $499.99 ($50 off) Now: $24.98 ($24 off off) If you’re cutting someone else’s hair, start at the back. Now: From £21 per month Emma writes about home tech. Emma Rowley Lay down newspaper or towels around the bottom of the appliance and place smaller, rolled-up towels along the front of the freezer to stop water escaping. Aim to trim 1 to 2cm. It’s exactly the kind you get in the hairdresser’s when they show off their nifty scissor work on the back of your barnet.

Now: $99.99 ($50 off) juffy via Getty Images Looking for more home appliance tips? We’ve got advice on how to maintain your dishwasher and how to maintain your washing machine. Next, use a slightly longer clipper guard as you move up higher on the head. Following is a list of the equipment you’ll need and some ideas on where to buy, as well as haircutting tips for different hair types and styles. For more advice on hair styling tech, have a look at our round-ups of the best hair dryers and the best hair straighteners we’ve tested.

Use your eyebrows as a guide and don’t cut your fringe higher than them. Secure each section in its centre with a hair tie if necessary. If you puncture the inside of the freezer, not only can you damage it, but you could release Freon (if you have an older appliance) or tetrafluoroethane gas, which can be hazardous if breathed in. The mirror is 20cm by 17cm and will set you back £9.99.

From: Virgin Media Cut into the hair only half a centimetre at a time, using the end of the scissors. Remove any shelves or storage bins. Divide your hair into sections – front to back and from top of ear to top of ear. Your fringe should end at either side where your eyebrows do. If you want to leave the hair on top longer, you can trim it with scissors – but the best home cuts are likely to be with clippers.

That means that all the ice in your freezer is actually costing you money, in the form of higher energy bills. It comes with a travel case and has a three-year guarantee. Now: $59.95 ($40 off) Work on one section at a time. When you are buying clippers, double-check you have the right item as beard and stubble trimmers look very similar to hair clippers (and the Philips products are very similarly named). She’s interested in environmentally-conscious brands, and appliances that save time, money and improve our lives.

Now: £649 (£150 off) BaByliss trimmer Use a wide tooth comb to detangle and then a fine-tooth comb to work through the hair. Remember that with clipper settings, the higher the number, the longer the hair you’ll be left with. Following the shape of the skull, move up and out with the clippers. Now: $599 ($360 off) Unless you have one of the newer, frost-free appliances, you’ll need to defrost your freezer now and again. If you can’t wait until the end of lockdown for a haircut, at least wait until your new scissors have arrived.

Now: $69.99 ($29.99 off) It comes with three guards of varying lengths. Only the best deals on the best products handpicked by our expert editors If you can’t get it from Argos, you can buy it from Philips online for £90. Be prepared to spend some time brushing it and evening it out. Now: £649 (£150 off) From: Laptops Direct To defrost your freezer properly and safely, you need two things: time and old towels. The advice from hairdressers is to keep it simple.

Remington clippers If you have short hair, it’ll be much easier to cut it with clippers. Repeat the process again with a longer clipper guard. (This is definitely a good time to watch a YouTube tutorial and decide.) Emma writes about home tech. Now: From £21 per month

How to defrost a freezer


p>By Emma Rowley, White Goods & Appliances Editor Emma Rowley| 22 Sep 2020 Tie up or pin back the rest of your hair. You should not try to break off or chip away at the ice. For £32.99, you can get the Remington HC366 25-piece men’s clippers set. Repeat the process with the other back section, then the front sections, following the line of your already trimmed hair.

Learn more. Move the lever up for a closer cut, and down for a longer cut. Don’t cut straight across, instead cut up, into the hair. Prices for stainless steel haircutting scissors are at around the £15 mark. This doesn’t affect our editorial independence.

It’s down from £45 to £24.99. Now: Up to $550 off (With free Galaxy Buds 2) Now: £1,499.97 (£400 off) If you want to go digital, the Philips HC9450 Digital Swipe Cordless Precision Hair Clipper is available for £89.99. If any of the food defrosts, don’t return it to the freezer afterwards, as re-freezing defrosted food will increase the chance of food poisoning.

The Trixes salon hairdresser’s handheld mirror could be perfect. Now: $24.98 ($24 off off) Only the best deals on the best products handpicked by our expert editors When you begin cutting, aim your scissors up into your hair. Do you mind wearing a hat in Zoom meetings?) Only the best deals on the best products handpicked by our expert editors Plug your freezer back in and you’re good to go!

It’s no good sorting out the hair on top of your head if your facial hair is out of control. Now: $59.95 ($40 off) Emma Rowley Candure scissors Don’t use any old scissors you have lying around. If you want to go the whole nine yards, you can also get scissor oil. Work up from the base of the hairline and keep close to the skin for a couple of inches. You may be able to get a set for just over a tenner but we can’t vouch for their quality.

Now: $599 ($360 off) Now: £899.90 (£100 off) You should be aiming to control the shagginess and maintain the hair’s condition. Incredibly, ice in your freezer actually insulates products. Now: $499.99 ($50 off) Very has discounted the BaByliss Pro Beard Trimmer by over £20.

Now: £679 (£120 off) It can be used corded or cordless (the latter for up to 60 minutes from an 8 hour charge), and will give a hair length of between 1 and 12mm, in 0.5mm increments. Trixies hand mirror Learn more. Only the best deals on the best products handpicked by our expert editors Ivan-balvan via Getty Images This will probably happen every few months.

Pull it taut, in a flat ribbon between your fingers. Note: We may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site, at no extra cost to you. Now: £899.90 (£100 off) Now: $99.99 ($50 off) For a full list of recommendations, have a look at our round-up of the best electric shavers and trimmers.

If you have Afro or very curly hair, cut it dry. Press lightly and move the clippers up and out for an inch or two. If in doubt, go with a higher setting.

As they become saturated, swap them out for dry towels.