Personal Grooming in the New Normal

by Matthew Escosia
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By: Katrina Beatrice Topacio


During the current pandemic, it’s completely understandable if sitting in a salon is not something you’re rushing out to do right now. The reality is that as long as there are still cases of coronavirus around, there is no guarantee that it will be 100% safe to go out. With everyone keeping safe by staying at home, the responsibility of grooming and personal care has fallen completely in our own hands. Whether it’s a haircut, manicure, or facial, we’re all trying our best to make do by duplicating these self-care practices on our own. Based on an interview SEA Wave has conducted with people who have tried self-grooming, here are a few ways to can pamper yourself in the comforts of your own home—because if there was ever a time to be kind to yourself, it’s now.


At-home Haircut

Majority of the respondents said that they watched YouTube tutorials to learn how to cut their own hair. Their biggest takeaway is to always start by cutting your hair a bit longer than the exact length you want it to be – this is because you can always go shorter if necessary, but you can’t regrow your hair instantly once you cut it off.

 An alternative would be to reach out to your hair stylist or barber for cutting tips at home. A respondent said that this method helped achieve the look she wanted and get through the fear of doing it on her own. This is a great opportunity to try out a variety of hairstyles that you’ve been wanting to try.


At-home Hair Coloring


Hair coloring has also been a popular trend in recent years. With the power of the internet, it has become easier to learn how to apply hair dye on your own.  And with the availability of ready-to-apply hair dye products that don’t require mixing, now is the perfect time to experiment on the hair color that you’ve always wanted to try.

Again we recommend reaching out to a hair stylist to guide you through the whole process of coloring and asking someone from home to help you apply the dye for an even better application. Check out this article from Preview for easy-to-follow steps and tips in dyeing your own hair.


At-home Mani-Pedi

Manicure-pedicures is a fun, creative and therapeutic activity you can do at home. You may not be able to do a professional gel or dip manicures, but you can still use the regular nail polish you have on hand to achieve the result you want. There are plenty of pre-packaged manicure tool kits you can get to keep your nails looking clean. You can also find a lot of tutorial videos online to guide you throughout the whole process.

But if you don’t have steady hands, an at-home manicure might not be the best option for you. One of the respondents mentioned that a big trend now and a great alternative would be press-on nails to achieve perfect nails within a few minutes. Check out this article from to see where you can get press-on nails online!


Aside from the different grooming methods mentioned above, businesses have also begun to offer home services to adapt to the new normal. These services range from haircuts, to hair coloring, manicures to foot spas, and even all kinds of waxing at the comfort of your own home. So if you feel like indulging yourself, look up which establishments have started offering home services near you.

Grooming is still possible despite the current circumstances we are all facing. If you don’t feel comfortable going out just yet, we hope these tips will help you get by and feel pampered and pretty at home.

Photos from Unsplash and Wikipedia Commons.


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