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People Are Cutting Their Own Hair During Quarantine — Sometimes Without Success

NOEL KING, HOST:

There are a lot of videos online on how to cut your hair at home during the pandemic.

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BRAD MONDO: Today I'm teaching you how to do a men's haircut.

KING: That's stylist Brad Mondo.

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MONDO: Hopefully you can do this haircut to somebody else or on yourself and not completely botch your hair.

KING: But not everyone looks carefully enough before they cut.

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UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: I'm going to be bald.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

For instance, Joel Anderson (ph) clipped his son's hair a little bit more closely than he liked, but there was no turning back.

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UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: You made it worse.

INSKEEP: A YouTuber who calls himself The Guinness Guru was optimistic at the start.

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THE GUINNESS GURU: Looks better in the mirror than it does on the camera.

INSKEEP: But a few minutes later...

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THE GUINNESS GURU: That looks absolutely ridiculous.

INSKEEP: Maybe The Guinness Guru should stick to beer.

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Jeffie) I'm going to get my hair cut.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #2: (As Oscar the Grouch) Oh, Jeffie.

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Jeffie) Mom says I'm going to look so nice.

KING: Even celebrities aren't safe. Anderson Cooper showed off his home hack job on CNN.

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ANDERSON COOPER: Last night, I took a razor and buzzed my head. And I gave myself a giant bald spot over here.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: I hope that grows back, Anderson. I think it will.

INSKEEP: And the singer Pink posted a video where she looked like she lost a fight with a weed whacker.

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PINK: And last night, I got an idea. I can cut hair. Look what I did. I might try to fix it tonight. Screw it.

INSKEEP: You can search the hashtags #coronacuts and #covidcuts if you want to feel better about your own new do because when you go there, you will find other people's hairlarity (ph).

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UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR #1: (As Jeffie) But when it's done, on I'll look on the floor at the hair that was up on the... Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.