Holding out for a haircut or a manicure might have seemed easy back when we thought that businesses like salons would be re-opening soon with precautions in place. But now that it looks like we’re in for the long haul, thanks to escalating infection rates in certain areas, it’s time to start figuring out how to DIY the beauty services you need most. The outcome might not be the same as what you’d get from a professional, but it’ll tide you over until it’s safe to visit your beauty technician.
The Controversial Home Haircut
I know that the general advice around quarantine haircuts is not to get them, and I sort of agree. I think it’s okay to trim off a few inches or attempt a bang, but I would not support the decision to start sporting a mullet, pandemic or not.
I’m big on DIY beauty services and have never felt the need to seek out professional services unless it involves hair dye. And so I think it’s perfectly fine to place the responsibility for one’s beauty upkeep in one’s own hands. Thanks to TikTok, the new home of all things DIY, tips for home hair care abound, one of the best of which comes from NYC hairstylist Brad Mondo, who is famous for critiquing DIY hair care videos on his YouTube channel.
Brad’s haircut tutorial is easy to follow, and I have full confidence that the average individual would be able to achieve success. But don’t just take my word for it and forge ahead shears first. If you’re not sure you’re up to it, it might be safer to keep your hair in a bun or plaits until you can make a salon appointment.
Taking care of your nails and feet is a lot less intimidating than a home haircut thankfully. Also, the outcomes are easier to fix if they’re less than desirable. You can reapply nail polish if it gets smudged, but uneven bangs are a little trickier to hide.
You can achieve a number of professional-looking manicure styles from the comfort of your couch and with a minimal number of tools. If it doesn’t turn out perfect, that’s fine! You can use the privacy of your WFH time to perfect your nail art skills. Try a simple monochrome design with a layer of chunky glitter painted over it, apply some colorful dots to plain nails with a toothpick, or just stick to press-on nails.
For a home pedicure, try a pair of exfoliating socks for smooth, soft feet, or use a pumice stone at the end of your shower for faster results. To prevent the skin on your feet from drying out overnight, slather on a heavy ointment before bed, and cover with socks. Don’t forget to pay attention to your feet whenever you moisturize the rest of your body, switching out thinner lotions for heavy butters and creams.
WFH Brow Tweezing
In the last decade, eyebrows have become a pretty important aspect of beauty and personal care, expanding from basic eyebrow waxing and threading to microblading and laminating treatments. There are also far more eyebrow products on the market than there were back then, when all anyone needed was a simple brow pencil. Now you can find brow tints and fillers in all manner of shades and formulations. Powder, cream, marker—you name it, it’s probably available.
Most people rely on threading and wax technicians to keep their brows tamed. Between store closings and customer apprehension about safety, brow maintenance has been neglected a little bit. Letting them grow out past their manicured boundaries fits the laid-back vibe of the current WFH situation, but if you want a more polished look for your Zoom calls (or just for whenever you look in the mirror), it might be time to take matters into your own hands.
Tweezing might be a little painful, but it only takes about 20 minutes to do and can be easily completed with the help of a few tools. If you’re not confident that you can replicate the shape of your pre-pandemic brows freehand, draw them on with a pencil in the shape that you like them, and pluck out what lies beyond those lines. Alternatively, you could invest in an electric brow-trimming tool to speed up the process. Don’t forget to do this on clean, dry skin, and apply a product that’s rich in ingredients like aloe or centella afterward.
Old School Shaving
You might’ve left razors behind years ago for the enduring embrace of hard wax and muslin strips, but it might be time to go back to the basics of hair removal. Razor innovation has come a long way in the last few years, and now most of them come with upgraded functions like ergonomic handles, a closer shave, sensitive skin-friendly built-in shave soap, and more.
The next time you hop in the shower, use an exfoliating scrub after a warm shower for the best result. The pre-shave scrub is a very important part of the process because it eliminates oil, dead skin cells, and dirt that could clog your pores and cause ingrown hairs. After you’re done and dried off, apply a soothing lotion that won’t aggravate your skin.
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The effect of shaving with razors lasts a lot less longer than an at-home wax, but it’s at least an immediate solution to a problem that you can accomplish without endangering yourself or others.
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