Depending on where you are, you may be weeks or months into a stay-at-home order or lockdown because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. And it’s not just affecting you and me – this is a global outbreak.
There has been a mass shutdown of businesses in different industries, save for the “essential” ones. Public gatherings have been banned. Social distancing guidelines now dictate how we interact with each other. Working from home, teleconference calls and virtual classes are the new norm.
Self-Care In Self-Isolation
I think it would be safe to say that this COVID-19 crisis is a stressful time. There’s your own health and that of your loved ones to think about. Your financial status may have been greatly affected. You may not be used to spending so much time at home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some great guidelines on coping with stress in this period. But more than ever before, we need to incorporate good self-care practices into our daily routine. It can be as simple as taking a break from the screen and social media every now and then throughout the day (but finish reading this article first!).
Or having a long soak in the tub with a good book or your favorite podcast. Reader’s Digest has a list of 27 ideas you can do for yourself to help you stay sane.
Hair Care: Quarantine Edition
“What am I going to do with my hair?”
This is a question many women are asking as salons temporarily close shop to protect the health of employees and clients alike.
This could be a great chance for you to practice self-care on your tresses. I’m talking about taking a break from all the heat and styling tools and slapping on a hair mask or two to nourish your hair.
But a number of us still have to go to work, or are taking part in teleconference calls or online classrooms all the time… and we don’t want to look like Tom Hanks in “Castaway.” Fortunately, a number of stylists are offering virtual hair care lessons and grooming tips on their social media platforms. (Don’t DIY cut or dye before first talking to your personal stylist!)
What else can you do to keep your hair from looking like a hot mess? This might seem like an insignificant detail in light of everything that is currently going on all over the world, but the truth of the matter is when you look good, you feel good. And feeling good is what self-care is all about.
Here is a solution that will keep your tresses looking fresh during the pandemic.
Hair Extensions That You Can Do All By Yourself
Since you can no longer pop into your stylist’s chair to have your hair done, you’ve got to look for other options. Have you considered hair extensions? Normally, hair extensions are best installed by a professional. But there are some that you can install in the comfort of your own home that can give you length, volume, or a different look without a long-term commitment or causing damage to your hair.
1. Ponytail Extensions
Feel like adding some length to your hair, à la Ariana Grande? Then get yourself a ponytail extension. Whether they are clip-ins, drawstring or lace tie, these hair extensions completely change up your look in a matter of minutes.
Be it a sleek look or a messy bun, you can count on ponytail extensions to have you feeling great with little effort.
2. Clip-In Bangs
All over social media, people are sharing photos and videos of their DIY quarantine haircuts. Some are good, while others are downright hilarious. Even country music star Blake Shelton is now sporting a mullet thanks to his lady love, No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani.
There’s a way to get a quick hair transformation without picking up the scissors and worrying about growing your hair out. I’m talking about clip-in bangs. All you have to do is part your hair down the middle, move the faux bang along your part until the ends line up with your brows, secure it in place, then blend it with your hair using a brush.
3. Halo Hair Extensions
If you’re looking for length, volume—or both—that you can put on and take off in a matter of seconds, then halo hair extensions are what you need.
Halo hair extensions are great because they give you your desired look while causing zero damage to your hair follicles or strands. Through the wonder of a barely visible wire, the halo hair extension slides down just under your occipital bone and stays in place throughout the day until you’re ready to take it off.
The best part? It looks so natural just like shown in this video.
4. Clip-in Hair Extensions
Another great tried-and-tested way to add more volume and length to your hair is through clip-in extensions.
Granted, you need to pay more attention when adding clip-ins to your hair so as to make sure that they are undetectable, but we’re not talking about a 30-minute hair session in front of your mirror. Maybe 10, 15 tops.
Want to add layers to your hair? Get some clip-ins. Are you looking to channel your inner Beyoncé in all her long-haired glory? Clip-ins are your friend. Looking for a pop of color or want to try out the ombre look? I think you know where I’m going with this. Come on, say it with me… Clip-in hair extensions are what you need.
As you count down the days till you can physically visit your stylist again, there are some great hair extension options that allow you to change up your look with minimal effort. But don’t forget to treat your hair extensions just like you would your own hair. That means washing and conditioning regularly, as well as brushing them out before storage.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay beautiful!
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