If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that there are many aspects of our lives that are outside of our control. When we feel as if the world outside of us is unmanageable, we tend to try and control the smaller things in life that are within our grasp. This has meant a lot of experimentation with our hair, makeup, and style during the quarantine. The pandemic has seen a rebirth in old beauty trends and the emergence of some new ones. Without the pressure to conform to outside society, people embrace their natural beauty and be unconventional in their choices. If you were hesitant about changing your looks in 2020, 2021 is the perfect time to try something bold and new. It’s the ideal time to take a chance and change up your look. Let’s start with hair
Many people have had to forgo their usual beauty routines during quarantine, including going to the hair salon. As a result, people are stepping out of their comfort zones and finding ways to embrace new aspects of themselves. One such aspect is greying hair. Greying hair is typically considered taboo on women, as women are expected to fulfill specific roles and standards in society to be acceptable, one such average being youthful. Therefore, for years women have turned to hair dye to hide their naturally greying hair to remain “acceptable” in society. But in 2020, grey hair is not only tolerated but has also been embraced by women young and old as a sign of beauty and grace outside of society’s limited scope of what is beautiful.
- If you are looking to embrace your natural grey hair, you can enhance your greys by pairing them with cool color tones such as blondes, browns, or even pastel colors.
- Add dimension to your grey by playing with different kinds of greys and whites.
- You can enhance your grey hair even further by ensuring that the hair is thoroughly cleansed and moisturized to keep it nice and shiny.
- Grey hair works for pretty much any hairstyle, so don’t be afraid to go super short or to keep your length and add a little texture to it.
The “big chop” is also another movement that has been made famous by the quarantine. Many women have chosen to cut all their hair off and embrace their natural curls with hair salons and braiding shops closed. Women are using this time to experiment with different shampoos and conditioners to find the products that work best for their hair types rather than those marketed to them most frequently. Through quarantine, women like Tiffany Haddish, who may previously have hidden their natural hair under a weaver or utilized a relaxer for straightening their natural curls, are starting on a new journey to healthier hair. Cutting off one’s hair can feel scary, but it doesn’t have to be.
- Always start with freshly washed hair and utilized quality sheering tools. Using blunt scissors can damage the hair.
- Use multiple mirrors to assess your hair from different angles so that you can cut your hair to the length that you want on all parts of your head.
- Use a wide-toothed comb to section your hair. Once the hair is sectioned, use clips to keep it in place. Rubber bands can also help you to determine the amount of hair you wish to cut off and prevent you from cutting off parts of the hair you want to keep.
- If you are still uncomfortable cutting your hair by yourself, reach out to a stylist for help. Permitting it is safe, going to a stylist can use their expertise to help you achieve the short natural look that looks best on you.
Maria is a writer at Enki Tech, a Downtown Santa Monica technology company that specializes in the development of high-quality, user friendly software, web platforms and mobile apps.