Feeling good about yourself during the pandemic can be difficult. People have been cooped up at home for months, and they are missing the time they used to spend at the salon or spa. Most people are not getting to see their friends and the social disruption has been hard on them.

Having confidence in the way you look can improve your mood. When you are having a difficult time feeling positive about your looks, it may be time to call your stylist and find out whether they are interested in providing an at-home color kit so that clients can use salon products in their own homes with supervision from their stylists.

Color to Go Kits

Sharon Dorram’s salon has begun providing clients with a “Color to Go Kit” which helps customers cover their roots while they are waiting for the salon to reopen. Stylists can stay in touch with their clients this way, and they can answer any questions on technique that their clients may have.

Using salon hair care products is much safer for your hair than using box dye from the supermarket. With expert help by phone or video chat, a stylist can make sure that their client is using the right techniques to color their own hair.

Home Spa Tips

When you are looking for ways to make yourself feel better during the pandemic, there are many at-home spa treatments you can do. The first thing that most people think of is a manicure and pedicure. Getting proper salon tools helps a great deal.

One thing that you probably will not be able to manage at home is acrylic nails. You should be able to handle gel and conventional polish at home. Remember to use multiple coats of polish and a top coat to keep it sealed.

You can buy scrubs and lotions from the supermarket, or you can make them yourself using simple at-home ingredients. An online search will bring up dozens of recipes for scrubs, masks, lotions, and lip balms.

Sugar and oatmeal scrubs are especially healthy to use at home, along with products made with coconut oil. Be sure to patch test a new recipe that you have made before applying it to your face or large areas of your body, in case you have accidentally made something that could cause irritation.

Yoga

Since you will probably not be able to get a professional massage for several more months, it is a good time to begin a yoga practice. Yoga can help you relax tired muscles and gain more strength and flexibility.

Start small with a few moves at a time, and be sure to use a program for beginners so that you will not experience injuries. You can find many useful yoga videos online or through your cable on-demand provider. After the pandemic, you may want to join an in-person yoga class to practice your new skill with others.

Spa Cuisine

Eating healthy is another part of the at-home spa experience. Simple, healthy meals are a good way to boost your mood during the pandemic when many people have been too indulgent with their diets. Focus on meals with lean protein like salmon, lots of vitamin-rich vegetables and fruits, and whole grains. When you make the conscious choice to eat better, you will feel better about yourself and spread your good mood to other members of your family. You may be able to convert your family to healthy eating as well.

Meditation

The pandemic has caused a great deal of stress, and many people feel that their mental health is suffering. Sharon recommends meditation as a great way to boost your mood and mental health commenting that it is her “go-to” during the quarantine.  Meditation can be done at home using an app or an audio track. It is important to take the time out of your busy daily schedule to rest, relax, and clear your mind.

Get Enough Sleep

Sharon Dorram believes that it is important to prioritize sleep. Many people are staying up later and getting up later while they are working from home, but having an irregular schedule is not good for you. It is best to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep whenever you can. Turn your bedroom into a sleep oasis by removing all electronics. Darken the room with blinds and provide a soothing background noise like a fan or white noise machine.

Make sure that your room is uncluttered and that the bedding and sheets are clean. Try to avoid working in bed if at all possible, since that will make you associate working stress with sleep.

Practicing Self-Care

These self-care “spa” tips will help you regain your bright outlook on life. These are upsetting and chaotic times, but if you take the time to take care of yourself, you will feel better and be able to deal with the pandemic more effectively. Using these self-care tips from Sharon Dorram and working with your stylist to update your color at home will help you learn to balance taking care of yourself.

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