How to keep on top of Hair, Nails, Facials and Waxing in Quarantine
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
Nail shop: CLOSED
Facial spa: CLOSED
Waxing salon: CLOSED
Every ‘non-essential’ shop has been closed due to the strict UK lockdown for the Coronavirus. As vital as this is to help reduce the spread of the virus - many beauty junkies and people who like to stay well groomed at all times - are going to be suffering as long as this lasts.
My solution to this? Do it yourself.
Of course, practice makes perfect but (unless you are an essential worker) now you have more time on your hands to practice.
You can achieve a nice gel pedicure/manicure from the comfort of your own home! A gel pedicure alone normally costs around a base price of £35. You can buy everything you need to do it yourself for under that price. Since the summer of 2019, I have been doing my own nails and they look very similar to when I would get them done at the shop. I’m saving £35 each time.
You can use any UV LED nail lamp, they range between £20 - £30. There are some that are complete sets that come with absolutely everything you need such as the Mylee Complete Professional Gel Nail Polish LED Lamp Kit. For the base/top coat, I recommend the AIMEILI No Wipe Top and Base Coat. You can get your polish from the same brand, I personally like nudes and reds so I would opt for the Modelones Gel Nail Polish Set.
When you are ready to remove the polish, I recommend using Nail Polish Foil Remover Wraps. These make the process quick and easy. You put some acetone inside and let it sit for around 10-15 minutes. I only apply enough to cover my nail bed, I don’t like my fingers soaking in acetone.
My pedicures normally last for 2-3 weeks while my manicures last up to a week. However I may just need a better base coat for my fingers as I am always washing my hands.
There are people of different hair types reading this so I won’t talk about products or styling.
Everyone can benefit from buying a Hair Steamer which is a electronic thermal hat. Every time I use this I feel like I am at the hairdresser. It’s amazing for deep conditioning and makes sure that whatever you are using to treat your hair is more effective as the products absorbs better into your strands.
My next recommendation would be a Hooded Dryer (if you can afford one). I personally couldn’t afford it so I just use a blow dryer to dry my twists. The blow dryer doesn’t have to be hot if you are worried about heat damage. The Remington D3010 is under £13 and has three heat and two cool settings.
For an effective at-home facial with a luxury feel you are going to need:
Pimple Extraction Kit (optional)
Moisturiser or oil for your skin type
1. Remove makeup/oils from face with a oil cleanser.
3. Steam (5-10mins)
5. Extractions (optional)
6. Apply clay mask
8. Apply sheet mask
10. Eye Cream
Depending on how thick your hair is, you can buy strip wax such as the Veet Hair Removal Wax Strips. However, I am a woman with kinky hair so strip wax does not work for me. I can only use hot wax. You can use the Veet Warm Wax Microwavable Jar which is quick and easy for anyone who doesn’t want to invest in a wax warmer.
A wax warmer is exactly what they use in salons which is why I opted to buy my own. I normally get professional waxing done monthly. If you are new to waxing or have only done it professionally, please be careful. If the wax is too hot you can burn or bruise yourself. I personally only focus on my bikini line when waxing at home. I prefer to leave it to the professional when it comes to doing a hollywood wax. For those who are confident and have waxed at home before, the Lansley 2020 Professional Electric Wax Heater comes with everything you need including pre-wax treatment, after-wax treatment, 3 types of wax beans and wooden sticks for application.
I hope these tips have helped. I have made sure to link quality yet (mostly) inexpensive products as I know that many of us don’t have a lot of extra money to spend right now.
How do you keep on top of grooming at home?