Looking Good For The Reopening
For a while there it seemed like caring what we all looked like was the least of our worries. Sure, there are still a million things that matter more right now and it looks like we are far from being in the clear when it comes to the coronavirus. Still, there is no denying that we all have to get on with our lives to one degree or another. And, the fact of the matter is that we all find ourselves venturing out at least a little bit whether it’s because we want to or simply because we have to. Now, this doesn’t mean that things won’t change and we’ll all have to go running back to the relative safety of our homes again, but, for the time being we are all facing the prospect of having to interact with others much more than we have over the last few months. And, this means that people are going to see us. So, for those of us who have some sense of personal pride, it’s time to start caring again about the way we look.
It’s true for some that it’s now possible to go out to a hair salon and get a professional cut styling or coloring and for those who are able to, it’s going to be a matter of just how important it is to them as to whether or not they will want to take on the risks that come with that kind of interaction. One thing that might make that option look more safe and appealing is the fact that the Center for Disease Control just released a memo which states that the likelihood of transmitting the virus through the touching of objects has not been determined to be quite low. Still, that does not mean that it’s impossible. So, if you plan on venturing out to the salon it’s highly recommended that you know that the establishment is following all of the recommended or mandated safety guidelines.
In this article:
- Did You Do Something With Your Hair?
- I Love Your Nails
- Putting On Your Face
- Playing Dress Up
- The Total Package
Did You Do Something With Your Hair?
For those of us who still do not have the option of making an appointment with a professional barber or stylist there are still a lot of ways to make yourself more than presentable under the current circumstances. Mainly, this means making sure that your hair is washed and conditioned and that you keep the length from getting out of control. If you are one of those who have managed to cut your own hair throughout this crisis and like what you see then, of course, you should keep doing that for the time being. If you haven’t dared to take a pair of scissors to your hair then even arranging it in a basic way such as in a ponytail will keep you looking like you weren’t just found in some jungle after having been lost for months or years.
Also, since your hair is likely to be the most visible part of your head, it might be kind of fun to let yourself get a little outside the box with a little bit or even radical change in your hair color.
I Love Your Nails
There’s no question that when we talk about nails we tend to think about women but that doesn’t mean that men should be left out of the conversation in this regard. As fantastic as it is to see a woman with great nails especially when they are elaborately and exquisitely done, there is nothing more horrifying in terms of hygiene and style than a set of grody nails on a man. Let’s face it guys, you may not want to look like a metro-sexual but there’s just no excuse for looking like a caveman or worse. This being the case, it’s time for all the men to take a good, close look at their hands and feet and make sure that they don’t qualify to be the subject of some meme on how disgusting men are. So, break out those nail clippers and get down to business to make sure they look like something that won’t send the ladies running for the hills.
Now that we’ve sufficiently picked on the men, that doesn’t mean that women get a free pass. Yes girls, men aren’t the only ones who can let themselves go when it comes to nail care. Maybe you’re one of those women who doesn’t feel the need to go all out when it comes to the way that your nails look because you don’t feel the need to make a great impression with men. Maybe you already have your man and have come to the conclusion that you don’t have to work that hard to, or at all, to make him feel that sense of desire that he once did. Or, maybe, you don’t have a special guy in your life and you have given up on trying to attract one. Whatever the case may be, there is no denying that we are all judged to some degree on our appearance and those of us who take pride in the way that we look are treated better by others simply because we display a sense of personal pride. So, if you can’t get to or don’t want to be bothered with getting the help of a professional nail salon, you can’t at least do the basics to show the world that you are someone deserving of some respect.
Finally, there is no real difference between men and women when it comes to skin conditions. So, if you have issues with flaky skin or fungus on your feet or under your nails, the time is now to get to your medicine cabinet or the drug store to find whatever you need to get those pesky skin problems under control. In some cases, these issues are not just cosmetic so, if you need to, you might want to contact your doctor and make sure that there is nothing more going on.
Putting On Your Face
Okay, so maybe it doesn’t seem that important to be worrying about your makeup, assuming that you are someone who sees the wisdom in wearing a mask if you’re out in public. Then again, maybe you happen to live in a place where wearing a mask is mandatory. Or, maybe you have to wear a mask for work. Whatever your situation is there’s no good reason no to look your best and feel good about yourself. Now, we’re not going to get into the details of how to apply makeup at this time. This is because we’re assuming that you have some experience with that at this point in your life. Still, there’s no harm in pointing out that now is maybe a good time to make some changes when it comes to the way you do your face.
During the recent national broadcast for the video graduation of the class of 2020 a lot of people were struck by the beautiful and creative ways that some of the students decided to make some cosmetic choices that highlighted the one real thing that we can all see when they are wearing a mask. Yes, the eyes may be just a part of your full makeup routine but in an era when that’s pretty much all that anyone can normally see, there’s no reason not to have some real fun with them. Maybe you could experiment with some different colors in eye shadow or maybe this is time to go for some really extravagant lashes. Or, maybe you want to get really bold and add some glitter or even a real statement message around the eyes. It doesn’t matter exactly what it is as long as it feels like you and you are the type of person who wants the world to know that you haven’t thrown in the towel when it comes to catching someone’s eye.
Playing Dress Up
Coronavirus or no coronavirus, summer is upon us and there’s no need to walk around looking like something that the cat dragged in. Remember, the real danger in this crisis is letting the virus get inside your mouth, nose or eyes. And, since the latest news out of the Center for Disease Control tells us that the chance of becoming infected from coming into contact with objects and surfaces is very low, there’s no real reason to show a little skin even if it’s just to stay cool as the weather heats up. So, break out those spring and summer clothes and see what still feels like you and if they still fit.
If, on the other hand, money is not too tight, there are a lot of great deals out there as just about everyone is trying to boost their business. So, even if you can’t or don’t want to get out to the stores, assuming they’re open, there’s no reason not to browse the stores online to see what’s new and how it stacks up against the competition both in style and in price.
Oh, and while you’re at it, don’t forget to think about ways to make that mask you’re wearing something to be looked at, too. From interesting and color coordinated patterns to a never ending variety of things that you can attach to your mask like flowers or butterflies, try thinking of that protective mask as a statement that you can make part of your ensemble.
The Total Package
Clearly things are not normal now and they probably won’t be for a long time to come. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t live your life in a way that makes you feel good and lets the people around you know that you will not let this virus change who we are more than we have to. So, get yourself in front of a mirror and let your imagination run wild. Get your hair in shape even if it’s in a style that is a little different than what you’re used to. Put a face on and think about doing something a little special with those beautiful eyes of yours. And, finish it all off with some bright and breezy choices in fashion that says summer is here and the time is right for having as much fun as we can.
Whatever you decide to do, just know that giving in to this crisis is not an option and a little work will only make you feel better and make the world a little better place to live in until better times come along.