It's been days, weeks, months... Many of us are struggling to manage our hair while in quarantine. And, we are also counting the days until our trusted salons and stylists are open for business again. Hopefully, that day is coming soon. In the meantime, here are some ways you can manage your hair and prepare it for the day your stylist can work their magic on it again.
It’s not recommended to cut your own hair at home! Cutting your hair is always a gamble. If you make one wrong cut, you’re stuck with it for a very long time. It can take up to a year to grow out your hair, so put the scissors down and step away!
Instead of chopping off those dead-ends, try to repair them with a hair treatment mask or split end repair product.
In lieu of cutting your own bangs, pull them back with a bobby pin to get them out of your face, or try braiding them into the rest of your hair for a cute look. If we can't convince you to not cut your own bangs, avoid blunt cutting them straight across. This blunt cut is a hard line that is difficult to correct.
Refrain from Box Dye and Bleach
While it might seem tempting to touch up your roots with that box or bleach dye, you’ll likely cause more damage to your hair than intended. And, the correcting process can take months. Once you’re back in your stylists’ chair, they will have to correct whatever mistakes you made... and this can result in having a hair color or style that you aren't happy with for quite some time. Instead of doing something permanent, buy some (non-permanent) root touch-up spray or powder and use it each day to mask your overgrown roots.
Practice New Styles
Use this time to practice new hairstyles, and have some fun with your overgrown locks. Avoid heating tools like curling irons and straighteners because they can damage hair, leaving you with dry, brittle ends that can’t be treated at a salon anytime soon. If you are using them, use them sparingly and apply a heat protectant spray.
If you’re looking to add texture and waves to your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner and section your hair into two big braids. After you undo the braids, you'll have a wavy, messy beach hair look that’s natural and void of heat damage.
Play around with buns, ponytails, braids and other hairstyles you wouldn’t normally do on your busy workdays. Because you’re not having to run to the office or drop off the kids, you have a few extra minutes to get ready for the day, so have fun with it and try new things!
Go Easy on Washing
Shampoo cleans your scalp and roots, but - if it used in excess - it can strip the hair of its natural oils and dry it out. Be gentle on your hair during this time, and maybe go a bit longer between shampoos. (Try dry shampoo if you aren't already addicted!).
Adding a water purifying filter to your shower head can keep your hair feeling soft and shiny, and prevent it from turning dull. Water temperature and water softness play a role in the appearance of your hair. Minimizing the number of times you wash your hair, using a softener and washing it in cool water can all make a huge impact on maintaining your locks!
The haircare artists who spoke to InStyle recommend that now is the time to repair your hair at home. Use this extra time to nourish your hair and give it some TLC. If your hair is damaged from dye, bleach, and/or heat, try applying a healing serum post-shower or leave-in conditioner. This can add softness and moisture back into your hair. If you don't already use hair masks, now is the time to start! If you don't want to purchase one online, try making one at home - but check with your stylist first to see what they recommend.