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How to Maintain Your Beauty Routine During the Pandemic

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, salons all over the country have to close their doors to promote social distancing. Here at All About U, we care about the health and well-being of our community, so we are among one of the businesses temporarily closing down for the good of public health. However, that doesn’t mean we aren’t still here for you and your beauty needs.

We understand that this disruption from your normal salon visits might have you not feeling your best. To help you, we have compiled this list of beauty tips for self-isolating.

For Your Hair

If you need a haircut...

It’s not a good idea to give yourself a haircut, so it’s best to wait until we open again and have the professionals take care of it for you. However, while you are waiting at home, you can take care of your hair to ensure it’s as healthy as possible in the meantime. If you’re worried about split ends, you can focus on ensuring your hair is moisturized. For now, keep your heat tools in the drawer if you can, and add leave-in conditioner into your regular hair routine. If you have long hair and want to hide your crispy ends, try adding a bun to your style routine.

If you need a bang trim...

Accessories will be your best friend if your bangs are overgrown. The best way to hide too-long bangs is by pushing them back with a headband. You may also be able to use a bobby pin to keep your bangs out of your face.

If you need a color touch-up...

If you have been coming to our beauty salon in McKinney for your hair color, now is not the time to start DIY. Dying your hair from a box may not only give you results you don’t want, it can actually damage your hair. This is because box dyes don’t have the same conditioning agents as professional color. Oftentimes, this ends up costing you way more money, as it generally takes more than one appointment to do color correction.

Here are some things you can do in the meantime if you need a touch up:

  • Wash your hair less. The more often you wash your hair, the quicker color fades. While waiting for our salon to reopen, minimize the number of times you are washing to no more than three times a week. Make sure to use a color-safe shampoo as well.

  • Use a hair mask. Regularly deep conditioning your hair can revive your color. Apply a deep conditioner (or even your regular conditioner can work) on wet hair and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. Do this once or twice a week.

  • Try a root touch-up product. These products are ideal for hiding roots when you can’t get to the salon. They don’t actually dye your hair, they just temporarily conceal roots.

If you have blonde or highlighted hair...

In addition to the concerns listed above, people with highlights or blonde hair may be dealing with dull or brassy hair. Fortunately, there is an easy fix: invest in a bottle of purple shampoo. These products are a great way to keep blonde hair looking vibrant until your next salon appointment. Make sure your purple shampoo is free of sulfates, silicone, and parabens.

If you have short hair...

People who need more frequent trims may be resigned to cleaning up their cuts at home. If that’s the case for you, here are some tips for best results.

Make sure to use small shears so you have more control. Hold them at an angle and lightly trim the ends. Don’t go too crazy; remember, you can always trim more. For bangs, be extra careful, as any mistakes will be more noticeable. Trim them dry, as hair shrinks when dry. For the back of your head, it’s best to have someone else do it for you. If you live alone, use a mirror that allows you to see what you’re doing. Make sure to not try to change the shape of your hair; if you’re looking to change your cut to something brand new, we can take care of it for you in the near future. Alternatively, use a wax to try different styles with your slightly longer hair for now. This can have you looking sharper and more put together.

For Your Lashes

One of our most popular services is lash extensions, which of course, grows out over time. If you’re dealing with outgrown lashes, you can remove them yourself if you can’t wait until the salon opens its doors again.

Use an oil-based makeup remover and lightly rub it on your lashes. They should naturally come off on their own after a while. Do not forcefully pull the lashes off.

For Your Face

If you’re used to getting facials regularly at our salon and spa, your skin might be a bit unhappy these days. While it isn’t quite the same as a professional facial, here are some steps you can take to pamper your skin while isolating:

  • Cleanse. Start by cleansing your face to ensure any dirt is off your face. You can use your normal daily cleanser for this step.

  • Exfoliate. Then, use a facial scrub to exfoliate. If you don’t have one, you can make one using coconut oil and sugar.

  • Steam your face. One of the most relaxing parts of a facial is the steam. You don’t need fancy equipment for this; simply boil water, pour it into a bowl, and hold your face over it with a towel over your head for five minutes. This will open up your pores so products can have a deeper effect. For a more luxurious experience, add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil or some lemon slices to the water.

  • Extract. Generally speaking, it’s best to leave this to the professionals. However, if you have a breakout, it’s important to clear out your pores. It’s best to use an extraction tool rather than your fingers, as this will more thoroughly remove the pimple or blackhead. It’s best to use a magnified mirror and good lighting for extractions.

  • Mask. Next, apply a facial mask to your face. Allow this to sit for several minutes so your skin can receive the best benefits. Remove gently with a warm washcloth.

  • Tone. After your mask, apply a toner to help balance your skin.

  • Moisturize. Finish your facial with a moisturizer. Massage product in to promote circulation to your face.

  • Hydrate! There’s a reason why we ask you to drink lots of water after your facial. Don’t forget to hydrate afterward!

For Your Waxing Needs

These days, there are a lot of hair removal products on the market you can use at home. Nothing really compares with a professional wax, but if you’re desperate, you can try it at home. That being said, this is only advisable for some areas of your body, such as your upper lip or armpits. Larger areas of your body, such as your legs or arms, are difficult to accomplish without a professional to do it for you. Of course, bikini waxing is also a big no-no for at-home care. We suggest leaving this area alone for the duration of the quarantine. If it’s really driving you crazy, you can always trim until you can come back in for a wax.

We hope these tips help you make the most of the present circumstances. We can’t wait to open our doors back up to continue meeting all your beauty needs. Contact our beauty salon in McKinney for more information.