Hair Dos and Donts During Quarantine

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Do we really need to be writing an article about what you should and shouldn’t be doing to our hair during a global health pandemic? 

According to our social feeds, yes we do. As many of us are now in an enforced lockdown, we have more time on our hands and fewer options on what to do. Some people may take up meditation, others will do an at-home workout. Some will take the opportunity to declutter their beauty stash, and others will be curious if they can still pull off a fringe as they did in 2007. 

Here lies the issue. 

Before you start cutting your hair with your kitchen scissors or wondering if you can pull off platinum blonde, slow down for a second and read our guide on what you should and shouldn’t do with your hair for the next few weeks.

Do try out a new hairstyle

We know you’ve been watching those YouTube tutorials and waiting for the perfect moment to try out everything, from perfecting your dutch braids and the at-home blow-dry to the killer slicked back ponytail or beachy waves. Well, you’ve got time. Play on to your heart’s content. If it doesn’t work, just take it out. (But a good #coronavirushairfail pic might be just the humour we need right now. Just saying).

Don’t attempt a home cut 

I know, I know. You just watched that tutorial to give yourself the perfect DIY bob cut. Or bangs. Or layers. If you’ve never done it before, please don’t do it now! If you want to try out a new hairstyle, try clip-in bangs or wigs to change up your look. If you want a quick minimal trim and are confident in your ability not to go too short, you can read our blog here on how to do so, but we cannot be held responsible for any wine-fuelled mistake hair cuts!

Do deep condition your hair

Many of us complain we don’t have enough time to properly condition our hair (and I don’t mean slapping on a blob of treatment in the shower while you shave your legs). Well, now is the time. I mean, who wants dry, brittle, breaking hair in the midst of all this madness? start going through your stash and seeing what works for you. Feel free to add lightweight oils like grapeseed, almond or argan for added moisture.

Don’t bleach or drastically colour your hair

I get it, I really do. I myself have been known to colour my hair in a spur of the moment move out of boredom, however, at the moment, it’s really not a great time to wonder if you can go from brunette to platinum in a day. Experiment with semi-permanent dyes if you want, but leave the bleach alone if you have never used it before.

Do lay off the heat styling

While we are isolating, now is a great time to give your hair a rest from high heat styling. Let your hair air dry after washing as much as possible, and leave the straighteners and curling irons alone for a few weeks to give your hair a chance to recover from all the heat styling damage. 

Don’t over manipulate

Avoid putting your hair up into tight high manipulation styles every day. If you’re not going anywhere, just leave it alone to do its thing.

Do support your stylist/salon

Many salons will now be closed due to new restrictions, so support them in any way you can, otherwise, they may stay that way. Purchase gift vouchers for future appointments, write a review, see if they can offer a virtual consultation. Even just a message to see how they are doing will mean a lot during this time. 

Don’t stress

This is a worrying time for sure, but it will pass, as long as we all do our part. Stay indoors, wash your hands, avoid contact with others.

Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.