Self-care in Isolation; give yourself the salon experience

Self-care in Isolation; get the salon & spa experience, Friday, April 10, 2020 (WCWF/ Beni Petersen)

GREEN BAY (WCWF) -- So the salons are closed... and you have work to be done! Here are tips for the salon experience ... at home!

1. Artificial nails: dealing with overgrowth and removal

Over time, fake nails tend to grow out; break; and become both a bother and an eye-sore.

There are a few different tricks to removing your phalange’s temporary friends- damage-free! Within about two weeks (we've reached that already!) your nails should start to grow at your cuticle beds. Keep in mind, biting, ripping and chewing them off is a very bad idea! So let's see how we can fix this ...

An article posted in Cosmopolitan lists steps for removing Acrylic nails using an acetone soak-off.

  1. Carefully clip off excess acrylics.
  2. Use a nail buffer to remove top layer.
  3. Soak in 100% pure acetone for 5 minutes.
  4. Push polish off with metal cuticle pusher.
  5. Soak nails in acetone for 5 minutes, and gently push again. Repeat until acrylics have soaked off.
  6. Buff off the rest.
  7. Massage nails with cuticle oil to re-hydrate, then buff with soft side of buffer and re-apply cuticle oil.

And for those of you who caught on to the hot new trend of "Dip Powder Nails," there's a remedy for that too.

While it's a great alternative to the use of UV lights, it's important to resist peeling them off!

Nail experts walked Byrdie through the steps in this article. So you get the idea, here's the gist of it.

  1. File down shiny topcoat.
  2. Soak cotton balls with acetone, place on nails and wrap with foil.
  3. Touch up edges with cotton ball.

After removal of nails, give them a break before applying a coat of polish right away! Instead, try a nail strengthening treatment. Some easily accessible options include: RescueRXX Pen, O.P.I. nail strengthening polish, essie Treat Love & Color polish or pretty much any nail strengthening polish or treatment available in your store of choice.

2. Colored hair: growth of roots and grays

Uncolored roots! ( I have unfortunately experienced myself.) Still in denial of being a natural blonde, I had to do something. Not knowing when my next hair appointment could be, I turned to my stylist for quick fixes. The only thing she could suggest is not to use permanent dye!

Looking at the few stores left open such as Target, Walmart and drugstores, there are a few remedies available (average cost $10.)

  • Color your whole head with Clairol Natural Instincts, an ammonia-free semi-permanent hair color.
  • Use Revlon, L'Oreal or Clairol root touch-up permanent color.
  • Use a temporary root cover up powder or spray, touching up every morning adding to your makeup routine- and washes out with shampoo.

For many of us self-locked inside our own homes, it doesn’t really matter what we look like. But still, work is left to be done and sometimes we just can’t stand seeing those scary roots or grays take over your scalp. If it’s not too much of a bother, just a quick makeup style touch-up works for those days you brave the stores for necessities, skype-chat a business meeting, or Facetime with friends and family. And if you're looking to test out a new color or style- now is as good of a time as any.

3. Eyebrows

There are many instructional videos and steps to grooming your eyebrows. Personally, I'm a Tweezerman fan myself. Kristie Stretcher - creator of the "feathered brow" - says to leave your brows alone. Not hard to do when we're not being seen in public much anymore. She tells Elle magazine that letting them grow out for 6-8 weeks lets you see their natural shape. Here are her suggested steps to getting the perfect brow.

  • Tweeze after you shower.
  • Use good lighting.
  • Align brows with face shape.
  • Tweeze in the direction of hair growth.
  • Trim long hairs with scissors.
  • Fill spaces in with brow pencil.

For figuring out how to shape your eyebrows, you can use a brow pencil for "brow mapping," and use a pencil angled from your nose across your eye for finding your arches, start and end points- as suggested from The Every Girl.

Waxing eyebrows is another trick that seems difficult, but in reality is quick ... and has long-lasting results. All while encouraging softer and thinner regrowth! An article on Byrdie goes through steps to effectively (and cautiously) wax your brow at home.

If you're afraid of the pain of tweezing and waxing - and trust technological advances - there's something for that too! It's called Finishing Touch; Flawless Brows. Meant for use around and under the brow, the device is instant; pain-free; hypo-allergenic; portable; and runs on a single AAA battery. "Flawless Brows" can be purchased at any drugstore, Walmart or Target- averaging $20.

4. Smooth away stress with a face mask!

Set up your home for an exclusive spa experience that's right for you! Besides, you finally have time to cover your face with mud or mask and let the stress peel away!

Masks come in all varieties for all skin types, including: oily, dry, sensitive and beyond! Depending on your choice of mask, they can refine pores; hydrate; nourish; detoxify; cleanse; de-stress; diminish fine lines; smooth out skin tone; and makes your skin firmer. Masks are generally worn for 15-20 minutes ... so just try and come up with an excuse to not do one!

5. Brighten your smile!

With all this time, it's a great opportunity to work on ourselves and the things we always wanted to do. Eat right, exercise... and well, why not whiten our teeth! Whitening strips are a much cheaper option to dental procedures, ranging from $20-$40. Though it's about a 2 week process -and the 30 minutes they're applied can be bothersome - the results can last up to two years!

If you're not certain how they're used or have questions, further information can be found on the Crest website, here.

Though it's good to brush your teeth twice daily, and brushing before can prevent trapping plaque and bacteria... an article through Humana suggests not to brush immediately before applying the strips, but instead wait at least 30 minutes. This is to avoid gum irritation.

Crest Whitestrips have an array of products that vary from the brightness you're looking for and the sensitivity you may have to the product.

Regardless, we've made it without the aid of stylists and salons before, we can do it again. If anything, it's a great chance to learn more about ourselves, what we're capable of doing from home, inexpensive fixes... and maybe try something new we wouldn't have before.

When the world is a crazy place, things are put in perspective. Suddenly closets filled of expensive high heels and brand-name items don't matter anymore. But if there's something we can do to make ourselves more comfortable during this uncertain time- let's try it.

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