With businesses being closed, especially hair salons and barber shops, many people are forced to do their hair on their own. I know for a fact that many women don't know how to do anything to their hair, other than maintain what the stylist does. But not to worry, handling your own hair doesn't have to be brutal. Even though you may feel like you need to take matters into your own hands, there are a few things that you should definitely not do. Today I want to share my top three things to NOT DO while in quarantine.
1. Don't try to self-relax. Relaxing your own hair is a no-no, especially while in quarantine is definitely not recommended. Even if the salons were not on lock down, I would recommend only letting a professional do you relaxers because we are literally trained to do them correctly. When doing your own, you can't see what you are doing. You don't know where your new growth stops and where your relaxed hair begins, therefore you won't know if you are overlapping. Anytime you overlap, damage occurs. The thing about being in quarantine is that if you mess your hair up, the salons are closed so there is no way to make an appointment in order to fix what you messed up!
Instead, just keep your new growth soft enough to still be manageable by deep conditioning it on a regular basis. You can use the by L. Jones Intense Moisture Treatment, Leave-In Conditioner, and Extreme Moisture Shampoo to do this. When you keep your hair moisturized, your new growth will be much easier to manage and it will help you maintain your hair until your hairstylist returns.
2. Don't try to trim/cut your own hair- Trimming and cutting your own hair is another no-no. If you mess up, it will not necessarily damage your hair, but it will still require a professional to fix it. Also, if you do it wrong, it takes a while for your hair to grow back. So, my advice is to just stick it out and wait. In the meantime, try updos or curly styles to hide the fact that your ends need some tlc.
3. Don't try to self-color- This is one mistake I see happen way too often. I know many women do not like to see their gray hair and with salons being forced to close, the temptation is at an all time high to color your own hair. But beware, one wrong move can result in damage. As professional hairstylists, we are taught how to mix colors perfectly to get the right shade. The color on the box is never the result that you actually get. Instead, try the root touch up options that are available to get you by until you can get back to the salon.
Remember this, it always costs you more money to fix damage than it does to maintain it. So stick it out until this all blows over. Remember, we are all in the same boat right now so no-one is looking their best right now (myself included). The goal right now is to just get through this as best we can! This too shall pass...
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