During this crazy and unpredictable time of the pandemic, it’s an understatement to say that our lives have changed in many ways – both large and small. Today I want to focus on something I thought might be a little more light-hearted and fun – and it all has to do with our hair.
Depending on where we live and our own decisions about our health and safety, we may or may not have gone to a hair salon to get our hair colored or cut.
Although we may be able to purchase home hair color kits (though it was a challenge finding any in stock for a period of time!), not visiting a hair salon for quite a while may have presented some interesting challenges.
Since my hair has grown so long that I’m not able to style it the way I’d like to anymore – and since you might be facing this same situation – I thought it would be fun to look at a few other options for how we can deal with our longer locks.
And I also thought it might be fun to share some past hair “horror stories.” Since most of us have probably experienced a hair “horror story” at one time or another in our lives, please feel free to share your story in the comment section below!
Now right off the bat, I have to say that I’m a makeup artist, but I have absolutely no talent whatsoever when it comes to dealing with hair. However, I’ve always been fascinated with various hair products and have accumulated a few of them over the years.
So even though I hope this article and video may provide a few ideas – if nothing else, it very well could provide a few laughs. And since laughter is great for our immune system, perhaps the timing may just be right for this topic.
First, of course, there are hair combs and headbands. Combs can be used in two different ways – to keep the hair in place and to add a little volume to areas of our hair. These types of combs have been around for many years, and I’m sure you’ll recognize them.
They were very popular in the 1940s, and I actually remember seeing my mom use them. You can put one of these combs in one way to secure the hair by just pulling the hair back and pushing in the comb.
Or you can put it in a second way – with the curved side next to your head and then flip the comb over – to give your hair more volume. You can also twist the hair and secure it which adds volume to just one area.
And then you can always find combs that have some kind of decorative feature. There are some really fun ones out there with gorgeous bright flowers or other creative motifs.
There is also a comb that wraps around the entire head and is called an accordion comb. It can add some fun volume if you work with it a bit.
Although I’ve never found any headbands that I thought were comfortable or looked particularly good, there’s always the option of scarves which can be both beautiful and practical.
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Bumpits come in a package of several different sizes and the whole purpose of them is to provide some lift and volume to our hair.
Most add-on hair pieces are easy clips-ins which provide a little extra volume. They can be small or large, and you can play with them. I usually secure these with some extra-long bobby pins in addition to the clips on the pieces themselves just to make them feel more secure.
And then, of course, there’s always the option of actual wigs which come in all different colors, styles, price ranges, and fibers.
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Finally, if we really don’t want to deal with our hair at all, we can always cover it up with hats! And if you live in a warm climate, like I do, hats are actually a pretty necessary accessory.
Whether you choose wide brimmed hats, baseball caps, or knitted hats with pom poms, hats can be both fun and practical.
Like many of us who are brunettes, I always wondered what it would be like to be blonde. So while in college, I managed to get my hands on a short blonde wig and wore it one day when I was student teaching at a high school.
The teacher I was working with actually walked right by me in one of the school hallways because she didn’t recognize me. It looked awful, and thankfully, I never got up the nerve to wear it again.
But not being one to give up, a few years later, after college, I went to a salon to give being a blonde another go, and I actually ended up with green hair. Needless to say, that was the last of my experiments on my own hair related to becoming a blonde.
I hope this article and video sparked a few ideas – or if nothing else, generated a few laughs – as we continue with the new normal of Covid.
Have you had to make some adjustments in how you wear your hair during Covid? Have you tried any new products that are helping? If so, what hair products do you use that you especially love? And if you have a hair “horror story,” please feel free to share it!