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At-Home Hair Care Advice from Local Pros

No Matter How Desperate You Get, Don’t Pick Up the Kitchen Scissors


NEPA’s local salons offer tips and tricks to get you through the coronavirus shutdown.

Hair salons have been closed since mid-March, and while some of us have embraced the “quarantine hair, don’t care” spirit, others are freaking out over our roots and split ends. Being stuck at home has put some crazy ideas in our heads, like that voice in the back of our minds that whispers, What would I look like with bangs? Easy now. Don’t get yourself into a DIY disaster. There are easy ways to keep your hair healthy and beautiful at home.

Our daily lives have been turned upside down, but sticking to a self-care regimen can make things feel a bit more normal. So what if you don’t see anyone outside of grocery store trips and Zoom calls? Caring for your hair can make you feel refreshed and boost your confidence, and we could all use those feel-good vibes right now.

If your bad hair day is feeling more like a bad hair month, don’t worry. We asked local hair stylists for their advice on everything from touching up your roots to trimming your bangs.



I desperately need a color. What are my options?

Angie Morgan of The Sapphire Salon recommends using cover-up spray, powder and colored mousse for touch-ups. These products are safe, easy-to-use, inexpensive solutions until you can visit the salon. If you’re not sure where to start, the Sapphire Salon is offering “survival kits” that include touch-up products and step-by-step professional instructions.

Boxed hair dye works for a lot of people, Morgan explained, but if you choose the wrong color, apply it wrong or process it too long, that’s when it can lead to problems. If you make a mistake, it could damage your hair or require a costly color correction.


When it comes to bangs— to trim or not to trim?

It’s probably best to hold off, but if you must trim, never cut them perfect, says Rosey DeAntona of RD Salon & Blow Dry Bar. Instead of cutting straight across, go in at an angle.

If you’ve been thinking of growing out your bangs, now’s the perfect time to do it. To get through that awkward growth stage, try out some new styles or accessories.

“Do the top knot, which is my favorite,” DeAntona suggests. “You simply just put your bang in a little clip on top and try to wrap your bang around once and clip it in. It’s fun, messy and stylish. Or exposing bobby pins now is also in style, so you could sweep them away from your face and pin.”



What about the guys?

This is a tricky time for guys (and gals) with short hair because even an extra quarter-inch of growth can feel overgrown.

“My best advice is to do nothing,” says Brian Nardella of Loyalty Barber Shop. “Now is a great time to try out a new style that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the patience to let it grow. And a little product can go a long way! Water-based pomade and matte finish clays are a great way to tame that mop and get you through another day of quarantine.”

If you really, really have to take matters into your own hands, don’t attempt anything too complicated. That means try a buzzcut, and not a skin fade.

“Be sure to cut the hair in all directions, as often the plastic clipper guards will miss hairs, especially the larger sized guards,” Nardella says.


How often should I wash my hair?

“You definitely want to try to wash your hair every few days instead of every day. Stripping your natural oils can lead to unnecessary damage,” says Brianne Majikes of TopKnots in Wilkes-Barre.

If you’re in the habit of washing your hair every day, she recommends starting by washing every other day and adjusting from there.

Majikes suggests using a color-safe shampoo and conditioner if you’re trying to prolong your color. If you have blonde highlights or balayage, try using a purple shampoo every few washes to keep your hair from turning brassy or yellow. Overusing purple shampoo can lead to build-up on the hair, so ask your stylist how much is right for you.


How can I keep my hair healthy?

Give your hair a rest from the routine and take advantage of the time at home to do some deep conditioning and hair masks. You can whip up some treatments right at home. Hilary Forlenza of Star Tresses Salon recommends combing warm olive oil through your hair for deep conditioning.

You can also indulge in some  pampering with a DIY hair mask. Mix together one teaspoon of honey, one egg and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Apply it to your hair, leave in for 30-40 minutes and rinse with shampoo and conditioner for sleek, healthy hair. Check out Star Tresses’ Facebook and Instagram for more at-home ideas.



How do I keep my mask from messing up my hair?

You can style your hair to keep it off your face and look super cute at the same time. AMS Loft Salon in Moosic is sharing how-to videos on Facebook and Instagram. This one will show you how to use bobby pins to keep the loops from irritating your ears. If your mask goes behind the head instead of around the ears, check out this style that will hide the strap.


What can I do to support my favorite stylist or salon during the shutdown?

The coronavirus and social distancing have taken a toll on all local businesses, bit it’s especially tough for an industry that requires direct person-to-person contact. After this, we’re going to appreciate our hair stylists more than ever.

Show some love and support by purchasing gift cards or offering to pay for services in advance. See if your salon sells products online or if they’re offering curbside pickup. Even a glowing review and support on social media can make a difference.


And don’t forget, for all of our friends, families, and neighbors, continue observing all recommended health and safety precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

For more information, visit Geisinger’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

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