When the novel coronavirus pandemic left Americans cut off from their beloved hair and nail salons, barbershops, waxers and aestheticians, many took one look at their increasingly unkempt appearances and sprang into action.
“Quaran-cuts” and at-home dye jobs were attempted en masse to varying degrees of success. Manicure kits and press-on nails became hot-ticket items. With the bottom half of faces often obscured by masks, bold eye makeup looks started trending among beauty influencers.
But some have approached pandemic-era grooming and self-care with a “less is more” mind-set — embracing life sans makeup, dyes and polishes. And experts say their skin, hair and nails may be better off.
Dermatologists are reporting fewer cosmetics-related acne flare-ups. Hair and scalp specialists say their clients who have stopped chemical treatments are seeing healthier, shinier locks. And those who once couldn’t imagine their fingers and toes without a coat of polish are now realizing