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Self-Care During Social Distancing: Body Care


How are you practicing self-care and taking care of your body during the coronavirus pandemic?


As human beings, we are creatures of habit and we thrive on structure. The problem during times of crisis is that our daily schedules and regimens are disrupted… And this is probably the most disruption any of us have ever faced!


The lack of structure can really set you adrift. Now that we’re all social distancing at home, most of us have lost a lot of the structure and activity that’s usually part of our normal daily life. You’re probably not waking up as early for work, getting out of the house at consistent times, taking steady lunch breaks, and any regular exercise routines may have gone out the window.


And then there’s the stress! You’re probably paying attention to the news at all sorts of hours of the day and spending way too much time on social media. It can all lead to a huge amount of anxiety, fear, and digital over-stimulation. This can lead to all sorts of uncomfortable results.


You may feel listless, bored, claustrophobic, and maybe even depressed.


That's why we really want to encourage you to practice self-care during the next few days, weeks, and months. Your body needs you now more than ever!


Things will get back to normal eventually, but until then, we’re all going to need to make some adjustments. Here are some of the self-care suggestions to help you get through the crisis.


Skincare


When it comes to routine and habit, the way you treat your skin can make a real difference in your mood, not to mention in how you age and your day-to-day appearance. What a difference it can make if you take care of your skin. Instead of feeling “blah”, it’s time to pamper yourself at home!


At a time like this, we really believe in the power of at-home treatments that will keep your skin and face healthy while you’re unable to get professional skin care treatments at Thair.


This might also be a great time to play with those extra skincare products you’ve been collecting in the back of your cabinet. After all, you have some time to experiment. So play around! You might discover a new combination of products that delivers incredible skincare results that you weren't expecting.


Your mantra should be "exfoliate and hydrate!" If you don’t have any exfoliating products at home, did you know that you can mix a half-cup of sugar (either white or brown) with a bit of olive or coconut oil to make an exfoliating paste? You can use it for your face and body. Apply it using a circular motion. Let sit for 10 minutes then and wash it away with warm water. Another great way to exfoliate is with lemon juice.


A hydrating face mask will be incredibly beneficial and comforting as part of your self-care. If you're spending all day inside, the dry air can drain the moisture from your skin. A face mask will replenish that moisture and keep you looking fantastic until everything is back to (relative) normal.


When it comes to taking care of your body, there’s a great way to care for yourself both physically and spiritually; luxuriate in a nice bath! Why not soften and hydrate your skin by adding coconut milk to the water? And don't forget the candles! Relax. Take your time. You deserve it.


Hair


Social distancing, unfortunately, means that professional hair styling isn't going to be an option for the next few weeks. Thankfully, there are lots of things you can do to take care of your locks at home to get you through until your next appointment.


First, let’s talk about dry shampoo. You don't want to have a shower every day, as the heat and cleaning agents can cause skincare issues and are very drying. That said, you also don't want oily hair. That's why dry shampoo can be a super way to keep your hair looking its best for an extra day or two. Putting the recommended amount in your hair will liven it up, and even make it look a bit lighter!


As for keeping your hair healthy without regular Thair appointments, you can give yourself at-home treatments. Staying inside can dry out your hair (and skin), we recommend using hydrating treatments to protect against split-ends and give your hair a bit more lift. Don't forget that scalp treatments are also important to prevent dandruff or dry skin.


If you're worried about your roots starting to show since you aren't getting regular colouring treatments, we suggest using hair mascara to cover up the grey. Admittedly, this isn't a long term solution, but on webcams, it will look entirely natural.


Another way to "hide" your roots if you're due for a cut is to wear your hair in a messy bun—

emphasis on the "messy" part. A tight bun will actually more readily show your roots, something you want to avoid, but a messy bun has a casual chic look to it and will help camouflage your roots.


One more strategy for hiding roots is to try changing your usual part or create a broken part. This style will make your roots less visible while also creating additional lift in your hair.


Now here’s a silver lining. Just like how we enjoy vacations, sometimes our hair does as well! Taking a break from your usual routine can be a good thing, so use this time to let your hair breathe and skip using hair products for a few days. You might be impressed by the results after the break!


Nails


A manicure is a great way to lift your spirits when they’re down. So, what can you do during a period of social distancing? Well, you can give yourself a manicure instead!


Pick some bright and happy colours and do both your finger and toenails. Make it a celebration every time you lift your hands or take off your socks! This can also be a great time to use a heavy-hydrating hand and foot cream. After all, we’re all washing our hands much more often now (right?), so moisturizing afterward is the best way to make sure that they don't dry out.


Fitness


One of the biggest dangers of being stuck inside is that our physical health can suffer. If you're a regular gym-goer or love yoga, making the transition to working out at home can be incredibly challenging—but 100% worth the effort.


Here’s something interesting. Peloton has extended free trial on their app to 90 days. You can stream any class from their complete library of workouts on the Peloton App. The Toronto Star has also posted this great at-home workout.



You might also be tempted to start eating more junk food. Whether your vice is salty or sweet, what may seem comforting in the moment can really make you slugging after. In small doses, we do recommend having a few treats now and then. But you need to make sure that you’re continuing to hydrate and feed your body nutritious and vitamin-dense foods over the next few weeks. Keeping your body healthy and fit will help you process stress and anxiety during this ever-changing and challenging time.


It’s Tough


We aren't going to lie; we're heartbroken that we can't be there for our loyal customers right now. We love seeing each and every one of you walk through our doors, and it's tough to be closed during this difficult time. However, we also know that this will pass. We will all get through this. Until then, please take care of yourself. Be kind to your body. And don’t forget about your Spiritual Self-Care During Social Distancing either!


Know that we at Thair Hair Boutique and Spa are thinking of you and have you in our hearts and minds. All of our love!


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