Lockdown has driven many of us to take matters into our own hands. With a lack of available salons we’ve all had to face the same dilema, let nature take its course or attempt a DIY beauty regime. I suspect many of us fall into the latter camp, but that option comes with risks.
There’s a 1 in 3 chance that your DIY beauty regime will end in tears. More than a third of women have experienced a beauty nightmare while attempting DIY treatments at home – including wonky eyebrows, streaky tan and green hair.
A study of 2,000 women found fringe trims, leg waxing and applying eyelashes are among the things they have tried to carry out themselves. But for more than 30 per cent it only resulted in disaster.
How bad could it be?
Respondents reported disasters including shaving off eyebrows, upper lip burns caused by hair removal cream and DIY highlights resulting in green locks. Other respondents said they have experienced streaky fake tans, stubborn wax which wouldn’t come off their skin and reactions to homemade face masks. As a result, 33 per cent ended up having to see a professional to get their mishap fixed.
Kim Priest from centre:mk, which commissioned the research, said: “The desire to get that feel good factor so closely associated with the perfect beauty treatment has created a false sense of security throughout our lives.
“The ‘I can do that at home’ thought has led to a wide range of epic beauty fails all women can relate to and often with hilarious results.
“Our research has shown wonky fringes, burns, allergies, hair dye and wax dilemmas are just the tip of the iceberg.
“It seems that some simple beauty hacks can go well from home, but for those more challenging, it’s best left with the experts and a trip to the salon is called for.”
It also seems that we’re not prepared to go it alone, many of us drag a family member into the disaster zone! The research found that 27 per cent roped in their partner to help them with treatments, while 12 per cent even asked their child for assistance but a fifth ended up regretting getting their relative to help.
Has it put us off the DIY route? Probably not!
Despite the disasters, 34 per cent said beauty is a quick fix to make them feel good and 28 per cent feel self-care has helped them during rough times. And lockdown hasn’t been all bad. Many feel that lockdown has made them appreciate “me time” and have vowed to make the effort to take more time out for themselves post-lockdown.
“Me time” doesn’t just mean beauty treatments. During the survey, it also emerged the during a typical week women spend 76 minutes on “me time” activities such as walking, yoga, listening to music and self care. Following these “me time” activities around half feel relaxed, while many feel revitalised.
Other self-care activities include meditation (17 per cent), listening to music (55 per cent) and enjoying face masks (38 per cent).
Chartered psychologist and author Suzy Reading, who has collaborated with centre:mk, as part of the research, said: “Self-care is a life-giving action that tops up our energy bank boosting our resilience and giving us access to our best self.
“While self-care is not limited to pampering acts, beauty rituals have their place.
“There are simple rituals and products that we can engage in at home without great expense, and there are also practices that we leave to professionals in order to achieve the desired effect.
“Nourishing the physical body with touch, like tenderly massaging in products with a scent we love, is a mindfulness practice, calming the mind, soothing the nervous system, lifting the mood and stimulating the release of oxytocin, the feel-good hormone.
“We can dot our day with these rituals and feel better for it.”
While many of us can “get by” with home treatments, as a whole we miss the process of visiting a salon. The most missed pamper sessions during recent months in lockdown included haircuts and colouring, eyebrow shaping and gel nails. Other treatments women would get regularly included eyebrow threading, pedicures and waxing.
The study also revealed the at-home hacks women swear by including washing their face with cold water, using coconut oil as a hair mask and cold green tea bags to help with dark eye circles.
Kim Priest from centre:mk added: “It is clear from the research that women are eager to take time out for self-care in order to boost their mental and physical wellbeing.
“Beauty is a quick fix for making women feel good, however the research has also revealed that walking, yoga, exercise, meditation, retail therapy and good sleep are among many other self-care activities undertaken to boost well-being.
“The demand for self-care will only intensify.”