The ultimate guide to at-home beauty care.
July 24, 2020 — 10:30 a.m. EST
If you’ve been desperately awaiting the day to get your hair colored and cut, you’re not alone. But even though salons are open and your roots need some TLC, it’s understandable if you’re still wary about paying them a visit. Beyond that, it’s likely beauty businesses will have to close periodically in the future, due increasing COVID-19 cases. Right about now, you might be wishing you knew how to cut your hair, give yourself a spa facial, or paint your own nails (and actually have them look good).
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DoctorOz.com tapped beauty industry experts to see how you can manage your routine at home and replicate salon services. If you’re nervous about at-home beauty, don’t be. These experts gave us careful step-by-step walkthroughs that are sure to help you put your nerves aside as you focus on your own personal glow-up.
How to Dye Your Hair
Covering grays and changing hair color within one or two shades is totally achievable at home. DoctorOz.com spoke with Kimberly Cannon, a colorist at the Mark Ryan Salon in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, to find out the best methods for at-home hair dye. “During quarantine, I have done a lot of research and have tried as many box dyes as I can,” explains Cannon. If you use a dye that’s ammonia-free, it won’t hurt you to do a few times. Options devoid of harsh chemicals and metals that can cause damage are your best bet.
Cannon says the trickiest part is choosing a color. Her solution? Shoot your stylist a text message if you can. If you can’t, see if you can reach out to a new stylist to send them a shot of your current look, a picture of what you’re going for, and a shot of the boxed color.
If you’re in dire need of just a root touch-up, Cannon really loves sprays and powders. This is a perfect, quick solution for an upcoming Zoom call. “They camouflage grey and completely wash out when you shampoo.”
Finally, Cannon encourages people to use this time to embrace change. “If you have let your grey grow out and [you] don’t hate it, the next time you’re in a salon talk to your colorist about grey blending versus covering,” says Cannon. “This will help you avoid any harsh lines when your color grows out!”
How to Cut Your Hair
I don’t know about you, but this is the one at-home beauty treatment that scares me the most. Sure, your hair will grow back, but I find it completely daunting to attempt my own trim. That said, Marissa Barrett, a stylist at Mark Ryan Salon, has some advice for the weary, like me.
“I have seen some pretty decent cuts from clients who have watched tutorials on cutting hair at home, and they executed it great,” says Barrett. “If you are looking for a little dusting on your ends to clean it up, I will say that would be the easiest to do at home.”
If you’re considering “dusting,” this YouTube video explains it perfectly. Basically, by running the hair meticulously over your finger, it displays the split ends that need to go. It’s a great way to maintain length and make your hair much healthier.
If you’re hoping to give your hair more of a trim, Brad Mondo, a hair stylist who has a very successful YouTube channel, walks people through the process. First off, he specifies that your hair needs to be straightened super well so that you can see all of the pieces. From there, he breaks it into four sections, and uses a tiny elastic band to mark the length that he wants to cut off. He teaches you how to use the point of your scissors to make the ends less choppy, and even shows people how they can layer their hair.
If you’re trying to figure out how to cut men’s hair, celebrity stylist Jen Atkin posted an amazing video where she walks you through it step by step.
Not only is Joanna Vargas a renowned celebrity facialist with salons and her own brand, but she also has a new book, “Glow From Within,” all about creating beauty treatments with items you have in your pantry. She walked us through her favorite at-home facial regimen.
“I always start a facial at home with cleansing the skin,” says Vargas. “Spend a good minute or two on washing your face while concentrating on doing mini circles and really penetrating the cleanser into the face.”
She recommends a cleanser with vitamin C, which will help gently exfoliate the skin. From there, she leads into a full exfoliation: “This will stimulate collagen production, remove dead skin cells, brighten the skin and products will penetrate better into the skin.” When exfoliating, scrub the t-zone area a little more because that’s a common area for blackheads.
Next, reduce eye puffiness with a lymphatic drainage massage. "While applying an eye cream, do tiny circles in an outward motion towards the temples,” says Vargas. If you’re still concerned about eye puffiness, Vargas suggests steeping bags of chamomile tea in hot water, allowing them to cool and then applying to your eyes for 10 minutes.
Finally, if you’re interested in making a moisturizing mask at home, Vargas shared a mask recipe from her upcoming book.
- 1/2 cup of yogurt
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup honey
Instructions: Stir ingredients until fully combined. Apply a liberal amount to the face and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse and gently pat dry.
In general, Logan explains that polish brands that offer wider brushes are easier to maneuver. Wider brushes “minimize streamlines and allow for even application.”
Start the brush in the bottom center of the nail, and gently press so that the brush bristles spread out and cover as much of the nail as possible. This way you can minimize the amount of brush swipes needed to coat the entire nail in polish.
As for at-home fixes, Logan suggests an acetone pen — or, if you don’t have one, dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover. “If I get a smudge on the middle of my nail, I dip my finger lightly in the acetone, and then it’s easier to maneuver the polish and fix the smudge,” explains Logan. “If there is a spot that I missed, I like to dab a spot of the nail polish on my nail, and let it sit for 10 seconds and then pass it over with a clear top coat.”