Quarantine Beauty Fail?

If Your DIY was a Disaster Here’s How to Correct it Before Summer

With the warmer weather and the possibility of more moments out in public, it’s likely you’re trying to reverse your do-it-yourself beauty blunders ASAP in time for your comeback “hot girl summer.”

After so much time at home this past year and with appointments still scarce, many of us have embarked on learning new beauty skills – and let’s just say, some things are better left to the pros. 

Here are some tips for reversing bad bangs, damaging dye jobs, nasty nails and more before your debut back in the world… 

Mend Your Manicure

Nails are one of the trickiest areas to upkeep, they can grow out quickly or chip and break – particularly if you indulge regularly in gel manicures or acrylics.
Not to mention how much they dry out from the healthy amount of hand sanitizer and soaps we use nowadays. TikTokkers even claimed that you should be putting toothpaste on your nails to help them grow (a practice experts don’t recommend).
So, you tried a nail DIY and damaged them. Now what?

1. Completely remove anything that’s on your nails and cut off thin or damaged excess.
**Definitely avoid picking off professionally placed acrylics or gels, which for best results should be removed by a professional. Some say soaking in Acetate and buffing will do the trick but results aren’t guaranteed.

2. Let them air out – wearing dip powders and acrylics long-term makes nails brittle so before you slap on a coat of paint to cover the damage they’ll need some time to heal (and lots of cuticle oil and nail serum).

3. If time isn’t on your side and you’ve got a crack or two, there is an emergency fix:
Gently buff over the crack/split then apply a small amount of nail adhesive over the area.
Place a little bit of tissue, or a tiny piece of teabag mesh over the crack and let the nail glue set. Once dry, gently buff and apply another coat of nail adhesive over the repair.
Repeat the process and apply base coat and color to hide the repair. It should hold the crack until it grows out. 

Fix Your Fringe

Against advice and better judgment, you cut your own bangs at home.
Hair salons are currently open in many states but it might still be hard to get an appointment as quickly as you need one. Thankfully, if you made a mistake while cutting your bangs at home, you don’t necessarily have to hide them in braids or underneath headbands.

According to hairstylists, you can likely turn an uneven fringe around by yourself at home with the proper tools and guidance. If your self-cut bangs look crooked, you’ll have to decide whether or not you’re comfortable making them even shorter.

“To correct them, they will likely have to match the shortest side,”  Los Angeles-based hairstylist Justine Marjan explained to Allure.
If they’re too short to work with you might want to try a clip in bang to add some length.

Otherwise, if you’re ready to try to even it out, Arruntegui advises starting with a fresh slate: wash your hair, blow-dry it, and flatiron it smooth. Look for the area that is off-balance and use it as the reference point to try to match it to the rest of the hair. Just remember, work in small sections and take it a millimeter at a time – you can always take more off but you can’t put it back on.

Correct Your Color

For bad dye jobs, a repairing moisturizing treatment followed by multiple washes with a clarifying shampoo, or for brass tones a blue or purple toning shampoo, can work wonders to lift out the colour.

When you want to cancel out brassiness in the hair, utilize the pigment that’s located opposite on the color wheel (which is also considered its complementary color). When mixed together, these tones will neutralize, which is essentially what is done when your colorist tones your hair in the salon.

See Redkin’s color wheel example here:

Strengthen Your Smile

If you tried the TikTok teeth whitening trend while at home, chances are you used store-bought liquid hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
Unfortunately, this trend was quickly condemned by dentists due to its ability to cause serious damage. 

In an interview with Health, Dentist and Waterpik spokesperson Chris Strandburg, DDS, warned “Gum irritation can get severe if more bleaching is done when the gums are already irritated. Tooth sensitivity is usually temporary (24 hours or so), but improper bleaching with these high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can increase tooth sensitivity permanently with long-term use.”

To get back to a healthy smile, stop all DIY bleaching methods.

If you have tooth sensitivity, Medical News Today suggests the ancient practice of “oil pulling” or swishing oil like coconut oil. Alternatively, you can reduce inflammation with a mild saltwater rinse. Make sure the brush you’re using has soft bristles and avoid highly acidic food and beverages. 

Once you have settled your distressed gums and nerves from thinning enamel, experts say you can opt for safer at-home methods for a white, bright smile.

Snow uses dentist-formulated patented technology to whiten even the deepest of stains, and is safe and gentle on sensitive tooth enamel.

The celebrity-chosen, all-in-one home whitening system has proven results without causing long-term damage or tooth sensitivity like DIY mixtures or other less gentle whitening brands.

With these quick beauty fixes, you’ll be feeling more confident to go out into the world, or at least they’ll tide you over until you can see a trusted professional. 

One last thing to remember…

Your inner circle will be happy to see you this summer – beauty fails or not.
They want to spend time with you because of who you are, not what you look like…
So if you made a mistake, don’t sweat it too much.
Hair grows, nails can be cut and colored. This too shall pass!

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