How to Care For Your Overgrown Lockdown Locks

Like most people in the world, you probably haven't hit up the salon in a while, and probably won't be able to any time soon. Even if your hair is looking like a shaggy mess, whatever you do, don't pick up those scissors. Just because everyone around you is doing their own version of the infamous quarantine cut, that doesn't mean you should too. You can still get long luscious hair without having to visit your hairstylist. Here's how you can take care of your overgrown lockdown locks.

Treat your hair with natural ingredients

Scope out the contents of your pantry for some natural ingredients that also work great as hair care products. Rather than choking your hair and scalp with chemicals, go the organic route with items like apple cider vinegar, honey, coconut oil, and egg whites. Apple cider vinegar can get rid of product build-up and dandruff, while coconut oil can moisturize dry and stiff hair. If you still have to style your hair with a blow-dryer or a rotating hair styler for online work meetings, you can rub some yogurt or honey onto your hair to repair any heat damage. 

Wash your hair as needed

Unless you've got a Zoom date to prepare for, it's tempting to go days without washing your hair since nobody will see you anyway. But it's still important to wash your hair at least two to three times a week to keep it clean, especially immediately after you get back home from a grocery trip or from work. This will help moisturize your hair, prevent skin breakouts caused by dirty unwashed hair, and get rid of scalp build-up.

Cover up your roots with hair makeup

The easiest way to deal with your roots is to dye your own hair, but unless you actually know what you're doing, this could end in disaster. What is possibly the best-case scenario in this situation is that you end up with a strange hair color that you didn't intend to get, but the worst-case scenario sees you severely damaging your scalp and hair. So, what can you do about it? Well, you've heard of face make-up, but did you know there's such a thing as hair makeup too? They come in the form of sprays or powders and all you need to do is simply spray or dust it on to the affected areas and you're good to go.

Be gentle with wet hair

Wet hair is weaker and more susceptible to damage and breakage. If you instinctively brush your hair as soon as you get out of the shower, you might want to stop doing that, unless you're going through it with a wide-tooth comb and starting from the ends of your hair first. Avoid rough-drying your hair with your towel too. Lightly squeeze water out of your hair with your towel instead, or wrap it up and leave it to dry a little before handling it. 

Clean up your diet

Have you been stress-eating your way through the quarantine? Unless you want a greasy, overgrown mop instead of long, luscious locks, you're going to have to put down that slice of pizza. While it's fine to treat yourself every once in a while, maintaining a consistently poor diet can wreak havoc your hair. Clean up your diet so you can keep your hair looking great.

Come out of quarantine looking great with these simple and practical hair care tips to take care of your overgrown lockdown hair.



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