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DIY BEAUTY FROM HOME - THE PANDEMIC SURVIVAL GUIDE



When the salons and spas are closed due to the pandemic you have to get creative to find ways to keep up with your beauty regime at home. If you have been lucky enough to work from home or are just spending more time at home now; why not capitalize on this abundance of free time by experimenting with a round of DIY beauty treatments?! You can pamper yourself and save money at the same time ;) Another upside is that you can let your skin breathe from not wearing makeup all the time, and give your hair and lashes a chance to grow (especially if you have been getting hair and lash extensions pre-lockdowns). This can be a restorative time to let your natural beauty shine and we are all about it!



Taking care of your hair at home

Try giving your hair a break from the heat of styling by air drying it or only drying the top of your head for a few minutes and let the rest air dry. You can also get creative with styles like a bun or braid to help hide your ends until you can get a cut. If you can’t get a haircut you can still take care of your ends at home with these DIY hair mask recipes for growth, repair, frizz, dandruff and more.


Whether it's damage, dryness, flakes, frizz, or fading, we all run into hair issues. The change in seasons, indoor heat, outdoor elements, and hot hair tools are only some of the culprits that can cause these changes. Luckily, you don't have to hit the store to buy a new product, you can head straight to your pantry for everyday ingredients that you can whip into a DIY hair mask to fix your mane.


We have compiled the best 4 DIY masks for all of your biggest hair woes, from an irritated scalp, to dull hair, to damage and dryness. Shiny, lustrous hair is only a mask away — and you never even have to leave the house.



1 - The Culprit: Frizzy and Damaged Hair


Rejuvenating Mask


Your hair can get damaged from a variety of sources: the use of styling tools and pollution in the environment, hair dye and more. The good news: it can be rejuvenated!

If your hair is feeling and looking a little parched, an olive oil and avocado mask is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids, this hair treatment provides the ultimate strength and shine for your hair. It’s also full of antioxidants which help fight off free radicals, which is especially great for city dwellers. It helps to rejuvenate and moisturize the scalp.


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Ingredients: Half an avocado, 1 banana, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice.


Directions: Blend all ingredients together (you can use your blender!). Apply to damp hair in sections with your fingertips, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Wrap your hair into a bun and cover with a shower cap. Let sit for 30 minutes while you work or listen to an audio book. Wash out in the shower. Let hair air dry for best results.



2 - The Culprit: Flakes


Scalp Exfoliating Mask


If flakes start to appear on your scalp when the temperature is dropping, it may be because the heat in your home is higher and is drying out your skin. Your scalp is no exception. This exfoliating treatment helps remove and reduce flakes and also doubles as a great facial scrub.