With the closure of most service businesses due to the stay at home order, many residents have a new appreciation for those who provide services that make daily life easier. After nearly a month at home, “quarantine hair” has become a topic of discussion and worry. Stylists and barbers caution against picking up the shears, instead encouraging clients to take only necessary steps to maintain their locks until the pros can get back to work.
Jayci Stratton, owner of Studio Five Beauty Boutique in Grain Valley, offers a few tips for those feeling the urge to take matters into their own hands.
1. For those who are not working and do not need to maintain a professional appearance, home conditioning treatments are a great option. Use this time to take a break from heat styling and amp up the moisture treatments.
2. For those who do need to maintain a professional appearance for work, use a colored root spray (we like Kevin Murphy's RetouchMe) to help disguise the regrowth. These sprays won't be an exact match, but they can help to conceal your natural color until things get back to normal and you can come in for your retouch service. This is a much cheaper alternative than having to do a color correction because something went wrong with a home dye job.
3. Avoid trimming hair if at all possible! If you have bangs, you can trim those by cutting up into your bangs and taking just the tips of the hair. Do not cut across the bangs.
4. For the guys, your best bet is to take beard trimmers and have a family member trim your neck hairs and sideburns around your ears. That will at least keep the cut looking cleaner and less undone.
5. Our lash and brow stylist suggests letting your eyebrows fully grow. When you are able to get to the salon, the pros will create a better shape for you. For those who like to wear eyelash extensions, right now is a good time to strengthen your eye lashes by using a lash serum to help your lashes grow longer and thicker.
6. If clients are in need of their favorite products, many salons are offering curbside delivery or drop shipping for very cheap.
“Most importantly, the absolute best way you can show your stylist some love and support is to avoid doing your hair at home. We will be ready to get to work once this order is lifted! I think I can safely speak for most any stylist in any salon when I say that we miss you and we miss our friendships with you,” Stratton said.