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07.20.2020 (23 Days Ago)

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23 days ago 13 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

Prior to the pandemic, I always thought of myself as a low maintenance person with respect to self-care. My self-care regiment was the same for many many years. There were visits to the hair salon every six to eight weeks for a root touch up, highlights and cut, every other Saturday visit to the nail salon for an acrylic manicure and every four months a trip to a different salon to chemically straighten my hair. But, in comparison to some friends’ self-care routines, I always believed mine was minimal.

 

 

I quickly learned, at the beginning of the quarantine,  that my self-care routine was anything but minimal. I also came to believe that it probably was not the healthiest routine. For example, no matter what product I tried during quarantine I could not get the acrylics off my nails myself (the salon uses a small drill bit) and had to wait for my nails to grow out. As my nails were growing out, they continuously broke.

 

 

During the quarantine, I looked up the hair color that my salon used online-in a desperate effort to purchase some.   I found that the coloring agent my salon used contained numerous harsh chemicals. As for the chemical straightening of my hair, I always knew it contained abrasive chemicals as the person who used to apply it to my hair always wore a mask and put one on me years before anyone was mandated to wear one.

 

 

During the quarantine, I decided to start an easier and more healthy self-care regiment. I had found an organic hair color online and have been applying it myself at home (with my wonderful husband’s help). I have been using an organic nail strengthener on my nails and will not again put any acrylic or gel on them. As for the chemical hair straightening, I found a blow dryer that straightens my hair in ten minutes. Of course, at times, I have just allowed my hair to curl up again.

 

 

Going into quarantine, I never expected to change my long standing regiment. Yet, I am unexpectedly extremely happy with my changes. My hair and nails look better than before and I feel better knowing that I removed numerous harsh chemicals from my body.

 

 

Have you made any changes to your routine as a result of being quarantined?

 

 

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  •  Corey_Bearak wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    The changes are "imposed."
     
       
     
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  •  Fred wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    My hair is reaching record lengths...
     
       
     
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  •  Phyllis_Newbert wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Absolutely! The changes were difficult at first but the freedom of having short nails and letting my hair curl up is amazing. The time and money saved is a wonderful thing too. I am sure it is much healthier not spending the time in a salon as well. It is very interesting to realize that I am very happy living without the things I thought I could never live without doing. Of course, the money I've saved has probably been spent on Instacart fees and tips and on Amazon orders! :)
     
       
     
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  •  Sherry_Rivera wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I am not as successful at withdrawing. My nail hardener did not work as well but the value of these things has diminished. I did go to get my nails done and to my surprise it was rather empty. Not just because of reduced capacity but it seems many have followed your lead Rona. Capri was rather empty. Perhaps many are realizing that they want to live without these things or don't want to take the risk.
     
       
     
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  •  Victoria_Drogin wrote 23 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    I feel you on this! Ah natural since March 11. (Still coloring roots ;)
     
       
     
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  •  MarilynGenoa wrote 21 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    My hair color, I believe, does not have harsh chemicals---I switched years ago and my haircolorist was kind enough to drop it off at my house for my daughter to apply it (although she advises she officially resigned once the weather was nice enough for my haircolorist to come to my home and apply the color outside). Love to know the hair dryer you found.
     
       
     
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  •  Riva_Schwartz wrote 21 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    text me that hair dryer info!
     
       
     
     
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