Everyone’s true colors are coming out since the quarantine… my gal pals are always giggling about these days.
Let’s face it, worrying about our hair isn’t on the top of the list of things to worry about during the COVID-19 Pandemic. With that said, seeing our hairstylist is going to be one of the first people we want to see once the quarantine is lifted.
What To Do and Not Do With Your Hair While In Quarantine? Advice From A Pro
It’s been seven weeks since I have last seen Shaina Marx with Belle Marie Salon, my beloved hairstylist. It’s hard to believe I will have to deal with my hair until May or June. I reached out to Shaina and asked for her advice on what to do with my hair until I can see her again. Blond hair is tricky and Shaina is one of the best color specialist in the Seattle area so her advice is valuable.
First and foremost, book a post- quarantine appointment now to beat the rush. I have an apt on the books for mid-May … yikes! I can’t imagine what my roots will look like by that time. Don’t wait to schedule. You will feel much better if you have an appointment penciled in.
Shaina Marx and Liz Clegg, owners of Belle Marie Salon, Kirkland Washington, explains that taking your hair care into your own hands right now—especially if you’ve never done it before—is not the best move. Based on what they have seen, there is a good chance that you will regret getting close to your hair with scissors and a box of dye. It is so temping but just don’t do it! Her stories from clients that have messed with their own hair is something else!
“We’ve advised our clients to avoid coloring their own hair,” Marx says. “In the long run, it’s going to take more time and money for us to fix a home color mess up. Wait for us, we’ll be back, and you all will be back to your beautiful hair.”
Give Your Locks Some Love
It’s a perfect time right now to give your hair a break. Marx recommends doing deep conditioning treatments on your hair during this time, giving it a break from constant heat styling and color treatments.
If you’re someone who regularly straightens, curls, or blow-dry their hair, then girl, this is your time to go all-natural. It’s the ideal time to give your locks some love. Your hair will be pleased to go heat-free for as long as possible. When was the last time you treated your hair with deep conditioning love?
If you haven’t spent the time to deep condition your hair, it’s a great habit to get into. I love it. Deep conditioning treats the outer layers of your hair strands. If your hair is conditioned, it will appear healthier, shinier, and smoother. If you have frizzy hair, deep conditioning can make a big difference.
Shaina has recommended The Palm Springs by R+Co product because it is as easy use and works extremely well. . Apply to dry hair 15-20 mins before washing.
Designed for heat-styled, colored, and chemically-processed locks, PALM SPRINGS is the ultimate treatment mask. A restorative cocktail of butter, oils, and extracts that deeply conditions and strengthens for a well-rested look with tons of shine.
Good for: Damaged or dull hair that needs a bit of a recharge. Will soften and give shine to all hair.
Fragrance: RELATIVE PARADISE – A bright, earthy composition. Sicilian Lemon, Tangerine, Eucalyptus, Green Tea, Tree Moss, Crisp Amber
Vegan Hair Conditioner With A Hint Of Color
Refresh Your Hair With Conditioner and A Hint Of Color- 100% Vegan product
Shaina recommends that if you want to condition while adding some color tone to your hair, Maria Nila Color Refresh Masque is a great option. There are 15 different shades, so whether you want to get rid of the brass with their Silver or refresh your red with Autumn Red there’s an option for everyone…and it’s conditioning at the same time! Maria Nila Color Refresh products are made in Sweden and are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Give Your Roots A Boost- Cover The Gray
Since you don’t want to apply dye to your hair, this is the perfect way to give roots the boot. Marx has suggested you invest in this breakthrough root touch-up spray that instantly covers regrowth, gray, or otherwise, between color appointments — no stickiness, dustiness, or transfer. The R+Co root touch-up spray features a target actuator for mess-free application, the multidimensional shade provides coverage that lasts until the next shampoo.
Good for: Anyone looking to cover grays and regrowth until the next hair color appointment. Matches hair color levels 1+ 2.
Fragrance: ROSY EYED – A spirited, unpredictable scent. Bergamot, Wild Fig, Cyclamen, Lotus Flower, Cedarwood, Tonka Beans
If you’re using a spray applicator, shake the product before using it. make sure hold the can four to six inches away from your hair and move your hand continuously back and forth until the grays are evenly covered, then let it dry for two to three minutes.
Don't Use Boxed Hair Dye
Dyeing your hair may seem like an easy answer to your grow out, but it isn’t always the best idea. Anyone who has suffered a disappointing dye job knows that it doesn’t always come out new and improved on the other end. When you color your hair with a boxed dye, it can dry your hair out, change the structure of the hair stands or worse. The National Health Service reports that many hair dyes contain the chemical paraphenylenediamine, which is a known skin irritant.
Two of my gal pals told me they thought they had a new friend named Clairol. As it turns out, my pals are regretting meeting Clairol now. Enough said!
Styling Your Hair While In Quarantine
The longer we have between our hair appointments, the harder it is to style our hair. I asked Shaina about how to style your hair during these days at home. She suggested the classic messy bun. Please see the tutorial below.
The Messy Bun
The messy bun is playful and timelessly chic — it’s a classic,” explains Shaina Marx. When you can’t see your stylist, throw your hair up in a messy bun, you can’t go wrong! Here is the basic instructions on how to create a messy bun.
Check out the messy bun tutorials below on five ways to create a chignon hairstyle:
Step #1: Use your fingers to comb through your hair, and then pull it into a high ponytail.
Step #2 Tease the ponytail from the roots to the ends. if you need more volume, use an hairspray or root boost.
Step #3 Wrap the teased ponytail loosely around the hair tie, creating coils until all of your hair is swept around the tie.
Step #4 Grab a few bobby pins and place them in the front and back and sides to secure the bun.
Braids- Practice Braiding
Great For Frizzy Hair
If you have frizzy hair then braiding is the best hairstyle for you. Frizzy hair is no fun to manage but braining can keep it under control. It is best to apply an anti-frizz serum on your hair and then braid your hair.
Locks In Moisture
Usually, women with curly hair suffer from hair dryness. This is because the hair strands don’t hold the moisture. By braiding your curly and wavy hair, you can prevent your hair from losing moisture.
Prevents Hair Tangles
Fine hair usually tangle a lot and in order to detangle them, you lose a lot of those strands. When you keep your hair tied in a braid most times then you can prevent your hair from tangling.
Below is a fun tutorial for several cute and easy braid hairstyles.
When all else fails, use some fun hair accessories to change your look. Hair bands and scarfs are perfect for hiding your roots. Have fun with your hair, deep condition and wait until your hair stylist is back at work. We need to support these stylist that were forced to closed down their business due to the Coronavirus.