Get creative with lockdown looks

Feeling bored and in a need to switch things up? Madeleine Raine gives us her tips on how to get creative with beauty and skincare whilst under lockdown.

Madeleine Raine
21st April 2020
Pixabay: @pexels
With the country now in lockdown, many of us are beginning to feel a little stir crazy after having exhausted Netflix, Houseparty and family board game night (turning every night into games night). Many of us have begun to turn to more creative means of occupying our time with apps such as TikTok quickly becoming the new rage. But it’s not all about being creative with ways to occupy ourselves, but also how we can be creative with our bodies too.

Being in isolation for what could be months has encouraged many of us to adopt new hairstyles, and why not? If you don’t like your new style or come out of it looking like Edward Scissorhands, then it’ll have time to grow out before you have to see anyone again. Why not cut your long locks and sport a short hairstyle this summer? With minimal effort needed and a fresh trim, you’ll no longer be feeling the heat under a heavy head of hair.

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If you don’t like your new style or come out of it looking like Edward Scissorhands, then it’ll have time to grow out before you have to see anyone again.

Another risky (depending on your definition of risky) look some people have begun adopting is the fringe. The fringe is a timeless classic that comes in and out of fashion every year and has been adopted by those with long and short hairstyles alike. Whether you go for a full fringe or a parted one, experiment with what you have. You never know, you might find a look that you never would have tried before.

Now I don’t know about you, but I just love the summer months and how a couple of days in in the sunshine can create the simplest of natural highlights. As someone who has never touched a dye box, I crave the summer sun to give my hair that extra boost and shine. With the coronavirus now limiting our outdoor activities, now may be the time to finally try out that wacky hair colour that thirteen-year-old you has been secretly craving for the past nine years. And it doesn’t even need to be permanent. Even just a wash in - wash out hair dye can give you the room to experiment and go a little wild before going back to work.

Whilst isolation is a great time to experiment with styles and trends you would never before have imagined, it is also a time for more natural remedies and the general care of our bodies. The recent, and most likely ongoing, stress that has befallen the majority of us these past couple of weeks has most likely taken a toll on our skin. Stress is the worst thing for the mind and it therefore comes as no surprise that it also affects the body. The positive part about this whole situation, however, is the extra time we all now have to work on our skincare routine. If you have never before tried a facemask, this is your opportunity! Why not try making your own? There are hundreds of recipes out there, but this is one of the simplest and refreshing recipe I have found: one tablespoon of ground coffee beans, one tablespoon of cocoa, one tablespoon of oats, and a dash on milk or water to form a paste. Not only does this create a fragrance to tantalise the taste buds but can also be made from simple household items. This is the perfect way to wind down and relax after a long day.

Being in isolation has given us all the opportunity to take more time to ourselves and practice our self-care routine. Whether that’s trying out a new hairstyle or caving into a homemade facemask and taking a bath, now is the time to do it.

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AUTHOR: Madeleine Raine
MA History student with a BA in English Literature and History. Lifestyle writer and avid traveller who has recently branched out to also cover news articles. Twitter @RaineMadeleine

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