Like many of you, all of my favorite salons are currently closed, which means the state of my hair and nails is not ideal, to say the very least! While it isn’t the end of the world, the lack of access to our normal beauty services is posing some problems for those of us who don’t normally do this sort of thing at home!
So for those of you out there whose roots or nails are growing out, whose brows are unruly, and whose skin is looking worse for the wear, I feel your pain! And today I hope to provide some relief in the form of practical tips for taking these matters into your own hands!
In today’s post, I’ll be sharing my ultimate guide to DIY beauty, so you can address whatever issues you’re having with your hair, nails, and skin from the comfort and safety of your home. I’ve already been using a lot of these methods in the past week or two, and I hope they prove as useful to you as they have been for me! :-)
The Ultimate Quarantine DIY Beauty Guide
▶︎ If You Need A Haircut
With the amount of “quarantine haircut fails” currently circulating online these days, this may be a job best left to the professionals! For now, focus on keeping your hair moisturized to avoid developing frayed and damaged ends.
Luckily, there are plenty of options for at-home conditioning treatments that will help keep your hair in tip-top shape! Try this leave-in moisturizing conditioner, these hair masks, or this coconut oil conditioning treatment.
▶︎ If You Need Your Bangs Trimmed
While I don’t advise DIYing a full-on haircut, a bang trim is totally doable! Stand in front of your mirror and hold your bangs at the desired length between your forefinger and middle finger.
Using sharp, clean scissors, cut your bangs as straight as you can manage. Cut off just a little bit of the length at first, then wash your hair and see how it looks once it dries. (You can always trim off more length later, so it’s better to err on the side of caution!)
▶︎ If You Need Your Hair Colored
If you get your hair colored frequently under normal circumstances, you have a couple of options while quarantined at home. The first option is to preserve your current hair color as best you can by washing your hair less often, and wearing a hat when you’re out in direct sunlight.
The second option is to dye your hair at home. If you’re ready to take matters into your own hands, check out my at-home hair dyeing hacks here.
(Considering growing out your graying hair? Check out my tips for going gray gracefully here!)
▶︎ If You Need A Manicure
When it comes to at-home manicures, it’s best to stick with standard nail polish. Acrylic and gel nails require special tools and techniques that are hard to replicate at home. Check out my best tips for DIY manicures here, or try a set of press-on nails like the ones from imPRESS!
Need to remove gel polish? Start by using a coarse file to scuff the top layer of polish, which will make it easier to remove. Soak a cotton ball in acetone, then secure it to your nail with a small piece of tin foil and let it sit for 10-20 minutes.
After that, you should be able to gently scrape off the loosened gel with a cuticle stick. If it’s being particularly stubborn, you may need to soak with acetone for a few minutes longer before scraping.
▶︎ If You Need A Wax
For body and facial waxing, try my at-home sugar wax to take care of unwanted hair! For facial hair specifically, read about the surprising benefits of shaving your face here.
▶︎ If You Need A Facial
Recreate a relaxing spa experience in the comfort of your own home, with facial treatments to boot! Start by setting mood with some relaxing music and diffusing your favorite essential oils.
Once your skin is clean and prepped, start with an exfoliating treatment like this exfoliating face mask to get rid of dead skin cells and brighten your skin. Rinse your skin thoroughly afterwards, using more cleanser if necessary to get it totally clean.
After exfoliating, your skin is primed and ready to soak up a skin-nourishing serum or sheet mask! Learn how to make your own homemade sheet masks here.
Finally, apply an eye cream and hydrate with your favorite moisturizer. And your at-home facial treatment and spa experience is complete! :-)
Support Your Salon & Beauticians!
- The beauty professionals you normally see, like your hairdresser, barber, nail artist, and esthetician, may be struggling right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. If you have the means to offer support, here are a few ways you can help them during this difficult time:
- Buy a gift card. If your favorite salon offers gift cards, buy one now to use later when they reopen.
- Use Venmo to prepay for future services. If your favorite beauty professionals can’t currently work, ask if they have Vemno and would accept payment now for a service in the future to help supplement their income.
- Reach out for advice! Ask your favorite beauty professional if you could pay them for a consultation over video chat. They likely have some great tips to share about caring for your hair, skin, or nails during quarantine!
- Write a positive review. Many salons and beauty professionals rely on positive reviews to help promote their businesses, so you can support them by taking a few minutes to write a glowing review on their Google or Yelp listing!
Have you done any at-home beauty treatments recently?