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Lockdown Hair & Beauty Tips
Let’s be honest! These are some truly challenging times and the last thing on most people’s minds is keeping up with their hair and beauty appointments. On the flip side, the lockdown has also affected many of our self-employed directory members who are unable to work right now. We are all in this together and our hearts go out to all of you.
Let’s Look for the Positives!
You are at home safe and hopefully with your nearest and dearest who are fully used to seeing you without your makeup, so make the most of this time and let your skin breathe.
Right now, you really don’t need to apply makeup every day. You might want to pop on some minimal makeup when you head to join the queues for groceries or for video meetings at work, but apart from that, you can give your face the chance to be natural and recover.
The same goes for your hair. Personally, I tend to keep my afro hair braided underneath wigs which I wear daily and this lockdown has been great for my edges. They are not constantly being rubbed and stretched and they can breathe. It’s only been two weeks and already I can see the difference.
If you have had braids or cornrows in for a long while or if like me, you usually wear wigs, take a leap of faith and let your hair be wild and free. Just remember to keep the wig or headwrap nearby by for those pesky video calls.
For those of you who are stuck between nail or lash infill appointments. There are a number of videos on YouTube that will guide you on how to safely remove them at home.
By taking all of this off you will also be giving your natural beauty a chance to shine through and everyone has some natural beauty even if you don’t believe it.
Home Pampering Tips
There are also some easy things that you can do at home without the need for expensive products that will help you stay in tiptop condition ready to shine when the world comes out of lockdown. Here are a few to get you started!
The most basic thing you can do for your face is give it a deep moisturising treatment using good old steam. Take a bowl of steaming water and a towel and lean over the water covering your head with a towel to form a seal. Ensure that the water is not boiling hot so that you don’t scold yourself, then enjoy the natural pore opening benefits of steam. You can then use your favourite cleansing products to deep clean your face and remove more debris thanks to your pores being open.
Combine Hot water approximately half a cup, with one third of a cup of oatmeal. Leave for a couple of minutes and then mix in 2 tablespoons of plain yoghurt, a small egg white, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Apply this to your face and relax for about quarter of an hour. Rinse off and then moisturise.
It is also easy to treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure at home, in the simplest form just using hot water and bubbles to soak your hands, and then massaging in a nice moisturiser. Or you can take it a little further and use essential oils, shape your nails, and remove any dead skin on your feet using a pumice stone. Just taking the time for self-care will make this experience seem less stressful and boring.
To give your hands and feet and extra moisture boost, smother them in your favourite moisturiser and then cover in cling film or a plastic bag for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, pat dry and enjoy silky smooth skin. Paint your fingers and toe nails and voila!