As well as attempting to keep our mental and physical health in check during lockdown, this is also a trying time for maintaining motivation for our self-care and appearance.
Some mornings, I wake up determined to make an effort to feel more glam and put my glad rags on. But, in all honesty, it doesn’t materialise that often. Fresh work-out gear or a clean pair of pyjamas is usually as good as it gets.
The impact of not having our usual routine of work, or whatever it is, can have a huge effect on how we feel, for some more than others.
I recognise that we are all making the best of it. Everyone’s situation is different, and we’re all trying to get through it, however best we can.
Both my boys are living with us during “Lockdown”. My youngest was working in London when the Coronavirus hit, which resulted in his job abruptly coming to an end. His own property in Newcastle is being rented out, so he’s with us. My eldest is having work done on his home – so, with his place being upside down, he’s with us, too.
Like everyone, we had no time to plan or prepare for what was to happen. Luckily, one son is now “working from home” (in our home), and our youngest son is studying for exams, in June. So, they’re both “occupied”!!
My youngest had to dial into a video conference meeting and was desperate for a haircut. He asked if I knew how to give his hair a quick trim. I wasn’t keen on doing a DIY cut without checking out some hairdressing tutorials on YouTube. So, after taking advice from the “pros”, I decided to give it a go.
Haircutting requires an incredible amount of skill. So, I thought, if I keep it simple and do it slowly, by just trimming the ends of his hair, it would be okay.
Thank goodness, it was! I was incredibly nervous and did proceed with great caution, trying my best not to look too much at my son’s terrified face. Of course, I wasn’t confident. But, I kept going – trying my hardest to do a good job – this was mainly because of his threats to “shave it all off”, if it went “haywire”. There was room for more hair to come off. But I stopped and played it safe while we were ahead!
So, if the menfolk in your life trust you with the scissors, give it a go and check these tutorials out. Remember to use a good pair of scissors and “take it slow”.
At present, my own hair routine is very “low maintenance”. I have only been washing it, once, maybe twice a week. I do my usual straightening when dry, then, after a few days, I tie it up in a ponytail/plait, or bun.
• any shampoo or hair conditioner with Keratin in – John Frieda conditioner;
• a dollop of Argan oil – applied to hair, following a wash; and
• “Hair Serum, usually Creighton’s”. This tames my hair, beautifully, prior to straightening – and it’s a great price.
• Philip Kingsley Elasticizer. I use this once a week – it leaves my hair soft and smooth.
For those with long hair or even shoulder length hair, I have set out, below, some easy steps to follow, either for yourself or one of your family, who may want to wear their hair tied up in a plait, or bun, for a change.
Step 1: De-tangle hair – use a brush or wide-toothed comb to de-tangle strand. Hair is much easier to braid when it is knot-free.
Step 2: Lift your hair up to the height you want it. Smooth it back then wrap a tie around the ponytail.
Step 3: Divide your hair into three equal sections – A, B and C.
Step 4: Cross the sections – hold the right section with your right hand and the left section with your left hand. Cross the outside strand over the middle, interchanging right and left side. Example A over B, C over A, B over C.
Step 5: Secure with an elastic band – I have included this link to instructions which are great to follow: https://www.wikihow.com/braid-hair
Step6: If you would like a topknot – start to twist the plait, wrapping it around the base of the ponytail. Then you can use hairgrips to secure or alternatively tuck it into the hair tie.
The dress I am wearing for this post is from Warehouse. I’d had my eye on it for ages. The week before we entered lockdown, it was reduced from £65.00 to £28.00, so I snapped it up. Sadly, Warehouse, along with Oasis, are going through the process of administration.
Writing this, I checked Warehouse’s website to see if they are still up and running. They are still there, but, right now, they are unable to take orders. Hopefully, this will be resolved, shortly. I feel for the many staff losing their jobs. Retail is being hit so hard during this period, as are other businesses, and I worry how many small and large will survive. Hopefully, it is a temporary measure and, when we are out of this crisis, they can salvage their businesses. I have read Warehouse’s owners, Aurora Fashions, were in talks to sell, prior to Lockdown.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you have enjoyed it and found it helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments. This post may include a few affiliate links. All products are my own. Best wishes to you and keep safe.