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Avoiding hair scares and nightmares in isolation

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Yes! You read that right, there are a lot of downfalls to being trapped with your immediate household for three months and possibly more.

But one plus is you can do almost anything to your hair. That one thing you’ve always wanted to try? Well, now you have the time for it to recover before you have to face the public again.

Two days into the lockdown my boyfriend decided to do a Facebook post: ‘100 likes and I’ll shave my head’. The next day his fate was sealed. Armed with a £2 packet of razors and a pair of scissors we began butchering his beautiful head. I would not recommend this however, or I’d at least advise putting a little more thought and effort into it.

But you get the gist. This could be your chance at finally dyeing your hair that pastel colour you never had the chance to before because of work guidelines. No job? No problem. Hello pink hair.

Getting bangs is a classic style everyone should try at one point in their life. Not feeling as adventurous? How about starting a hair care regime you’ve always wanted to try that you never had the time for?

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Firstly start with not washing your hair for at least a week. Harsh shampoos strip your hair of its natural oil which can make it dry and damaged. Why not try not washing your hair for a couple days to see if you notice the difference.

Depending on your hair type this may not be practical but if it’s something you’ve never tried before from the fear of being gross now is the time. You don’t have to wash your hair every time you have a shower.

Home-made hair masks. My number one has always been coconut oil. It is a saviour. You can get it in supermarkets for cooking, but sometimes in the cosmetic aisles too. As long as it’s 100% it actually doesn’t make a difference if it’s for cooking or not.

You can take a little bit, rub it in your hands until it melts and apply it either just to the ends of your hair or all over. You can leave it on for 30 minutes for a lil pick me up or all night long for a well needed resurrection.

This may seem pretty tame but take a break from hair dryers, hair straighteners, curlers and any other products that distress your hair. It is no secret that styling your hair with heat damages it, but it is something we go through often for the cause of beautiful hair. Let your hair run wild and free. See how it dries naturally you may be pleasantly surprised.

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My hair is naturally wavy (well kinda) . In high school I hurt my neck in the shower (don’t ask). The excruciating pain meant I could not dry and straighten my hair like I did every other day religiously. Turns out I have quite nice natural curly hair. I still love to straighten it but it’s nice to be able to take a couple of days a week off and still feel confident.

Drastically changing your hair colour is something I usually leave for break ups and meltdowns but a lockdown could also be a perfect time to try a new shade.

If you are going from blonde to dark or vice-versa, be careful, do your research and remember the most successful results come from a gradual process. It should be a given that if you bleach your whole dark brunette head with £7 bleach from Tesco it will be a disaster.

Saying that, there are plenty of products out there for a subtle change, such as John Frieda blonde highlighting spray or semi permanent dyes.

Last one, possibly the most drastic but apparently very empowering. Shave it all off. Guys, gals and non binary pals I think shaving all your hair off and discovering the shape of your head is an experience everyone should have at least once.

It may not be for everyone and I’m not ready yet but a lockdown seems to be a pretty good time to try it. If you are too apprehensive you can always try it out on your sims character or your boyfriend. He seems to like it anyway.

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Film Media and Journalism student at the University of Stirling. Editor in Chief at Brig Newspaper. Edinburgh / Stirling

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