“Do Not Attempt This At Home” should be a warning label on most hair products sold during quarantine. Chances are you’ve seen a couple dozen hair fails on social media as you endlessly scroll wasting the days away on your couch. Don’t end up as a beauty meme! Take control of your at home hair care and learn from an expert: Kali Ferrara, a senior colorist at The Salon Project by Joel Warren at Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC.
How to Maintain Healthy Hair at Home:
For Long Hair: “Take this time to give your hair a much needed break from heat and over-washing, as well as utilizing all those masks you always mean to do. During this two (or more) week pause realize that no one is seeing you other than the people you live with and the people delivering your pizza. Take this time to get your hair in tip-top shape by not washing your hair often and when you do, use a mask for 5 minutes or even overnight. Taking time out from hot tools is also recommended to keep hair healthy; try out your natural texture. You might just like what you see.”
For Men or Women with Short Hair: “Even going an extra week between haircuts is maddening. For men, I recommend doing your best to clean up your neck (use two mirrors so you can see the back), but otherwise for short cuts I say let it flow! You may find a new look you would’ve never have tried before because you were so stuck in your routine.”
For Those Considering Cutting Their Own Hair: “I know a lot of people will want to cut their own hair, but I beg you not to. First, your kitchen scissors are not even close to sharp enough to properly cut hair and if you do, it could leave your ends looking even more damaged and ratty. Aside from not being equipped with the proper tools, you are not equipped with professional skills. A bad haircut can take over a year to grow out. Don’t let your vanity ruin your post-quarantine life by cutting your own hair or thinking a box dye is a good idea.”
For Parents Grooming Kid’s Hair: “If your kid is having a hard time seeing because their hair is in their eyes, use a head band or bobby pin to tac it back or a fun thing to try would be some hair gel to slick it back. If you must, very CAREFULLY trim the front portion of your child’s hair to keep it out of their eyes. Always measure twice and cut once, taking smaller sections so you don’t end up with a huge chunk of hair missing. Be careful and when all of this is over be sure to schedule yourself and your kids a professional haircut.”
For Those Concerned About Protecting Themselves at Salons When They Reopen: “Treat the salon as you would any public place but also know that your hair professional and the salon staff want to keep you and their team healthy. At the Salon Project at Saks Fifth Avenue where I work, we always sanitize tools and wash hands between clients. When Covid-19 problems started, we took even further precautions to wipe down surfaces more often and sanitize. When you get to the salon, ask where you can wash your hands and don’t be afraid of asking your stylist if they are healthy and if their hands are clean. My worst nightmare would be to get a client sick and I am sure I am not the only stylist that feels that way.”