Posted by: Cole's Salon
We’re all doing our part to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus: practicing social distancing, washing our hands constantly and staying home to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe. This, of course, means that our salons are closed until we’re given the OK to return to work, and while we can’t wait to see your faces again and get back behind the chair or in the spa, we know we’re doing what’s best.
Until then, you may have the itch to play hairstylist, colorist or esthetician yourself, so we’re here to tell you which services and treatments are totally fine to do on your own at home – and even encouraged! – and which ones you should absolutely, under no circumstances attempt without your Cole’s stylist or esthetician. Trust us on this one! No one likes to pay for a corrective color. It’s expensive!
Do the whole works: terrycloth bath robe, slippers, a face mask. Give yourself a nice facial steam by heating up water on the stove and leaning over it with a towel over your head. We like to add a few drops of essential oil for a real spa vibe. Give yourself a manicure and pedicure, sip on some minty or lemony spa water and even consider putting cucumber slices over your eyes just like the movies. You have the time, so you might as well treat yourself! If you have kids, let them join in the fun and make it a family activity.
We’re going to say NO to removing acrylics, but gels are OK if you have the right equipment (and you probably do): tinfoil, cotton balls, and acetone polish remover. First, buff off the top coat. Second, soak a cotton ball with remover and set it atop your gel, then cover each nail with foil and let them sit for at least 30 minutes. Your gels should be loosened up enough to safely remove. Don’t peel! It’s tempting, but it’s really hard on your nails.
Give yourself a post-vacation glow even when you’re stuck at home. If you have self-tanner on hand, exfoliate well before application and get a family member to help you do your back. If you’re too scared to use a real self-tanner, add a gradual lotion to your next Target order, or fake it with bronzer.
We’re talking foot cream (Aveda’s Foot Relief is our fave for its minty smell) with socks, hair masks, a moisturizing face mask and lots of hand cream to soothe your dried-out hands from all that washing. Don’t forget to drink lots of water, too. You’ll emerge from quarantine looking so hydrated and glowy!
Now’s the time to take a break from heat styling your hair and wearing makeup. Sure, video conference calls at work call for a bit of something, but if you don’t need to get fully done up every day, don’t! Do your skincare routine as usual and let your skin breathe, and opt to wear your hair naturally or pulled up or back instead of blowing it out or curling it.
Learn a new styling skill. Have you always wanted to learn to fishtail braid? Now’s the time. Queue up the YouTube tutorials and get learning!
Please! Did you learn anything in the ‘90s and ‘00s? Brow shaping is best left to the pros.
As we said above, it’s not a good time to try and remove your acrylics by yourself. You can do a lot of damage to your natural nails, so wait until the salon reopens.
You know this is a bad idea. Yes, it’s tempting, but resist, resist, resist. It’s hard to get tones right from a box, and you could end up with green hair! (We’ve seen it all.) Corrective color is expensive and time-consuming.
We know how it is: you get bored and bangs start looking really fun and tempting. This is another urge you need to resist, because cutting your own bangs only leads to trouble. If you’re still feeling like adding a fringe when quarantine is over, come on in and we’ll hook you up with a fabulous new look.
If you can’t see, then have a family member help you trim them to a manageable level. Otherwise, leave them alone or pin them back until you can get back to the salon.