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WHAT DO YOU DO ABOUT QUARANTINE HAIR? Anthonys tips for you until you can get back to your hair salon. Seen The Sydney Morning Herald

What to do about ‘quarantine’ hair

Wrangling unwanted hair may seem a trivial pursuit in our current situation. But as we come to grips with life in lockdown, it’s worth doing whatever makes us feel good.

If that means taking a stab at a new fringe, hair stylist Anthony Nader, founder of Raw hair salon in Sydney’s Surry Hills has some advice: it’s just hair. “Salon owners like myself will always be here after your experimenting stage.” Whether you plan on letting nature take its course during quarantine, or are more inclined to DIY, three experts reveal the dos and don’ts of personal grooming at home.

Hair colouring


If you have grey hair or dark roots showing, Anthony Nader says opt for a coloured root spray, and comb it through.

DIY dyeing is fine, says Nader, but do not attempt anything more serious than a semi-permanent hair colour. And if you’re blonde? “Hand on heart, doing your own roots is so risky – it never ends well.” Nader says you’re better off freshening up your blonde strands and any brassiness by using a mauve coloured shampoo and conditioner.



Men, says Nader, should feel free to embrace longer locks (including that beard you’ve always wanted) but this is no excuse to let it all slide. “Manscaping is a must. Aim to trim your beard at least once a fortnight.”

There is no need to use a beard shampoo, he says. Simply wash your face and ensure you have good lighting.



According to Hannah Mutze, National Brow Artist at Benefit Cosmetics Australia, only two things are required to grow out your eyebrows: patience and time.

“The process is unique to every person and can take anywhere from four weeks to 12 months or more”. Still, says Mutze, “every hair counts.”

Mutze recommends tweezing, but only a little. “Place your pinky finger over your brow ensuring the bulk of it is completely covered, then only remove the hairs that sit higher or lower than your finger. Try tracing a horizontal line on either side of your finger with a brow pencil to make it easier.”

“Brush your brows daily,” says Mutze. “This stimulates the skin around them, encouraging blood flow to the area which can lead to more growth.”

While you wait, fake a fuller looking brow with a fibrous brow gel like Gimme Brow Plus. “The micro-fibres within the formula adhere to your brows making them look instantly thicker, fuller and more defined.”

No Shampoo


Fancy phasing out shampoo? It’s known as the “No Poo” movement and its proponents claim to have been liberated from the soapy shackles of shampoo and the cycle of oil-stripping, preferring instead to use bicarb of soda, apple cider vinegar or nothing at all.

The result, they claim, is bouncier, shinier, healthier hair – though it is a process that can take between two and six weeks. In the meantime, you have to contend with, well, a lot of oil.

Diana D’Amore, brand manager at Original & Mineral haircare says that if you want to stop the cycle of overly dry hair or an oily scalp, a “clean” shampoo that’s free of sulphates and parabens is the way forward. The difference is that clean shampoos don’t foam up, which means your hair is no longer being stripped of oils.

“You may need to shampoo twice to begin with until your hair gets used to a sulphate-free shampoo,” says D’Amore. “Try a gentle deep cleansing shampoo like O&M Original Detox shampoo.”

Hair Removal


If your favourite waxer is also in lockdown, you’re left with a choice. Do you want to find out what six months’ worth of body hair looks like? If the answer is yes, then as you were. If the answer is anything else, you can try DIY waxing, but be warned, you’re not going to get exactly the same results.

That’s because salons use hard wax, which is less painful. If you must wax, experts recommend prepping with baby powder, and using only small strips. And whatever you do, don’t overheat it.

By Natalie Reilly

DO IT YOURSELF HOME HAIRCUTTING If you can’t get to us and want to stay inside till your ready to come back out again. Latest tips and tricks by Anthony Seen GRAZIA

Do It Yourself (At A Distance): At-Home Haircuts

Hello, and welcome to Do It Yourself (At A Distance): a mini series helping you solve beauty issues from the safety of home. Of course, a DIY manicure or blonde hair refresh isn’t going to change the world, but if it makes you feel even just a little bit better better, it’s worth doing. Basically, we’ll be borrowing tips from our editors as well as experts to see you through quarantine without tears, tantrums or over-tweezed brows. Today, we’re looking at an at-home hair cut. This is a touchy subject. To clarify, we (and most stylists we know) don’t really recommend cutting hair at home unless you feel you really have to. But our job is not to judge but to educate, so we tapped the hair styling expertise of renowned hair dresser Anthony Nader (of Raw Salon) to enlighten us. We’ve also got Edwards And Co stylist Jesse Furlan to help you navigate bangs at home, plus a few IGTV tutorials for reference. God’s speed.

GRAZIA: At-home haircut tips for the men in our lives?

Anthony: In my perfect world, a men’s haircut would be a Harry Styles-esque dishevelled British coif. Or international poster model Parker Van Noord’s choppy textured bed head. Even hippy Jared Leto’s Gucci mane is a dream. If you happen to be any of these three cool guys – or similar – you won’t need to be too precise with cutting technique.

But for everyone else, the easiest way to even out weight and length distribution is a technical thing I call twisting and slicing.

Take approx. one-inch sections of dry hair (never wet) starting around the hairline and twist each. Then point and snip the tips of your scissors into the twisted sections before you unravel to see how it’s sitting.

Use this sectioning and trimming method all around the head with a focus on the problem (longest, thickest) area. I love this technique because it leaves a soft edge compared to cutting a blunt horizontal line (this will give you chop marks if you’re not careful).

If you have shorter hair (traditional short back and sides) your isolation haircut might get a little tricky. I mean do you really want to get a pair of clippers with a number three attachment on and zoom up your noggin? Good luck with that… and by all means send me your CV as I might just have a job for you in my hair salon when this is over.

In all seriousness though, if you feel like you do want to clipper the sides and back just attach a much larger attachment on your clipper first and ease into it, dusting off the edges only.

As for the top, if you want to take the length a little shorter, this is a temporary fix:

On damp hair, take half sections of hair from the face to the crown area from the centre of your brows to the outer edges. Hold the section between your index and middle fingers and point cut the ends. Never cut a horizontal line, and remember you can always cut more off later. Give your hair a dry off and now you’re ready for tomorrow’s Zoom conference.


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GRAZIA: Bangs at home: Yes or no?

Anthony: I think what’s happening in the world right now is painful so if I can help someone to trim their bangs in their bathroom I’m with you 100 per cent. Kitchen scissors versus professional hairdressing scissors are black and white but who’s really judging at this point. If you must use kitchen scissors, please just ensure they’re super sharp.

Jesse: Nail scissors will work as an alternative for fringe trims too. Wash hair and let it dry naturally. Shrinkage is real – you don’t want to be left with Joe Exotic micro bangs. Using the end of a comb, create a triangle from the outside of your eyebrows to the centre part of your hair. The further you extend the triangle back, the more full your fringe will be. Use clips to hold back the sides and top of your hair, ensuring you’re only left your fringe exposed. Separate your fringe into thinner sections. Hold the ends between two fingers and point cut the ends of your hair in a chipping motion using just the tips of your scissors. Do this slowly so that you don’t cut too much length off of your hair.

GRAZIA: Any advice for giving your hair a little trim at home? 


  • Always take to dry hair when trimming.
  • When your strands are dry you’ll see your natural movement much better. The hair stretches more when wet which can give a false reading on length and texture.
  • Always have the mind set that less is more. You know once you’ve cut it off, it’s not coming back for at least a month!


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From split ends to fringes: Exactly how to cut your hair at home (if you really want to).

So, you’re thinking of cutting your own hair at home. Honestly, same.

Whether your fringe is poking into your eyes, your crunchy split ends are scaring your working from home co-workers, or you’re just really bored and need something fun(?) to do, giving yourself a hair cut kind of seems like a great idea in isolation.

Best case scenario, we’d all leave beauty tasks like dying your roots, removing shellac and SNS nails, eyebrow shaping and haircuts to the professionals. But if for whatever reason, you really want to cut your hair at home, do it armed with expert advice.

From cutting your fringe to trimming split ends, here’s what you need to know about cutting your hair at home before picking up the kitchen scissors.

How to cut spilt ends at home.

While no hairdresser would recommend trying to give yourself a whole new hairstyle at home, owner of Edwards and Co salons Jaye Edwards says trimming your split ends is “a great way to keep your hair healthy and to promote growth, without attempting anything too drastic while waiting for salons to reopen.”

RAW Salon’s Anthony Nadar also reckons it’s hard to go wrong trimming your ends… provided you stick to some important rules.

Here are the celebrity hair stylists’ best tips for trimming split ends (emphasis on the word trimming):

  • Use a quality pair of sharp hairdressing scissors. Blunt scissors will only make your ends look wispier… plus, think of the cross-contamination.
  • If you have to resort to using kitchen scissors, do everyone a favour and make sure they’re clean and sharp.
  • Always trim your hair when it’s clean and dry. Trimming your hair at home wet will likely end with you taking too much off – “your stands will jump up even more when wet,” Nadar says.
  • Trim your hair in front of the mirror rather than just by sight. This way, you can take stock of how you’re doing as you go along.
  • You can either stick to just trimming the ends at the front you can see, or section your hair and do sections at a time.
  • When you’re ready, take a small section of hair and hold the ends between two fingers.
  • Instead of cutting straight across (this will end in disaster), trim by ‘chipping’ into the hair with just the tips of the scissors. You can’t go too far wrong if you do this at a vertical or diagonal angle into the strands.
  • If in doubt, trim less than what you think. And don’t worry about the back unless you have someone you can trust to help you.

Best split end hair products.

If after reading that advice, you’ve decided you’d rather not trim your split ends, that’s OK.

No, there isn’t a single hair elixir out there that can actually ‘fix’ or reverse split ends (only cutting can do that), but there are some affordable products you can get from the chemist, supermarket or online that can make your ends feel less crunchy.

Applying a few pumps or a dollop of a hair oil or cream to damp hair before drying can make your split ends feel softer, which should tide you over until your next hair appointment.

Here are our favourite budget-friendly ‘split end’ hair products:


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How to cut your fringe.

How to trim your fringe will depend on the type of fringe you have.

If you have a long layered fringe that frames your face on each side, also known as curtain bangs, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin (who does hair for all the Kardashians) shared a video tutorial on how to do this on her Instagram account.

The main takeaways from her video are:

  • Work on freshly washed, wet hair (FYI this contradicts other hair cutting advice).
  • Section your front layers from roughly a centimetre either side of your hair part, bring them forward and tie the rest of your hair back.
  • Use a comb to brush the hair so it’s straight and taught. Then run your fingers down the hair and stop where you want to start trimming.
  • Using scissors, cut the middle of your section straight across, and either side at a slight slant towards the middle.

This will make more sense when you watch Atkin’s tutorial… which we’d highly recommend doing before giving this a crack yourself.


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To cut a more traditional fringe that sits across your forehead (and now, over your eyes), here are the best tips from George Northwood, London stylist to stars including Meghan Markle,  Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung, as told to The Times.

  • Wash and dry your hair into your usual style so you can see what you’re working with. This stops you from cutting more than you mean to.
  • Tie your hair back leaving only your fringe out.
  • Comb through your fringe a few times and then use your comb to lift your fringe up and out away from your face, ready to trim.
  • Only trim the very tips of your hair – leave major fringe cutting and shaping for your next hair appointment.
  • Don’t cut straight across your fringe (Google ‘fringe trimming fails’ for a visual representation of why). Instead, ‘chip’ into the fringe by cutting upwards and downwards on a diagonal.
  • Avoid cutting the edges of your fringe as this can be hard to get right. A good guide is trimming no further than past the end of your eyebrows.

If you’re still not sure about cutting your hair at home, you have two options:

Leave it for now and wear your hair up with a spiral hair tie or silk scrunchy (these stop you from getting ponytail kinks), or clipped either side to get it off your face.

Or, you can watch all the video tutorials, try cutting it anyway knowing your hair will grow back. Eventually.

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All Of The Clever Ways Brands And Salons Are Adapting To The COVID-19 Restrictions

From FaceTime consultations to DIY kits.

The unfolding coronavirus (COVID-19) situation means that we are all dealing with a lot of uncertainty and change to our day-to-day routine. At Gritty Pretty, we want to help you navigate through this time. We’ll be sharing self care advice and tips on how to look after your body and mental health. If there are any topics you want Gritty Pretty to cover, please send us a DM on Instagram.

Australia has been hit hard by COVID-19. While 100 per cent necessary to stop the spread and flatten the curve, the government’s restrictions have forced beauty businesses – including skin specialists, nail parlours, tanning salons and some retail stores – to close their doors for the near future.

Rather than shutting up shop completely, many brands and salons have created unique and clever ways to service their clients at home. From FaceTime consultations to customised DIY colour kits, technology is our best friend right now. While it might sound frivolous, there’s never been a better time to practice self care and buy local. Here, the beauty businesses that are still operating – albeit differently.



Starting this week, Alpha-H – the creators of the cult-favourite product Liquid Gold – will be offering free online consultations with their skin specialists. To make an appointment, click here.

Ella Baché
Ella Baché has created Virtual Salons offering all Australians complimentary digital beauty services at home. The Virtual Salons will provide clients complimentary skin consultations (via video chat) with their favourite local Ella Baché beauty therapists. Following your appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase recommended products from the local salon online – meaning you’re supporting local businesses.

Michele Squire from QR8 is continuing to offer 1:1 virtual consultations to help you curate your skin care line up and find a routine that works for you. Book here.

Australian beauty retailer MECCA has launched a new platform to help its customers stay up to date with exclusive product launches and announcements if they can’t visit stores. View MECCA.LIVE here.

Local brand Dermalist are offering 20 minute skin consultations online with one of their qualified dermal therapists. They will then create a tailored skin care plan for you. Each appointment costs $30 and is redeemable in product. Book here.


RAW Anthony Nader
Surry Hills salon RAW Anthony Nader is still open for business Wednesday to Saturday, while adhering to strict hygiene and safety guidelines. If you can’t or choose not to go into the salon, Nader is available for FaceTime consults, helping customers trim their own fringes (yes, you can do it – with guidance) or offer styling advice. Simply DM RAW Anthony Nader on Instagram to organise a video consult within two hours; there will be no charge for this service.

The team at EdwardsAndCo have launched tailored at home colour kits. If you’re an existing client of any EdwardsAndCo salon, they can customise according to your colour history, if you are a new client, you can opt for a FaceTime consultation for $25. The kits include brushes, bowls and gloves, along with some detailed instructions. Kits can be purchased online with free shipping.⠀


Trinny London
Buying makeup online is hard – but Trinny London make it a lot easier with their Match2Me function. Fill out a questionnaire on your eye, hair and skin colour to receive a customised selection of products for you.


Amy Jean Brow Agency
Amy Jean Brow Agency is sending out DIY Brow Dye Kits ($145) to their customers whose brows need some attention, stat. All kits include 1000 Hour Brow Lash Tint, cotton tips, Vaseline, Amy Jean Retractable Brow Brush, Amy Jean Dual Ended Tweezers and Amy Jean Clear Brow Gel. To nab yours, click here.

We now have a Facebook group! Here, we share beauty tips, wellness hacks and get to interact with each other (in real time)! Click here to join the Gritty Pretty Gang on Facebook.


How To Cut Your Own Fringe, According To An Actual Hairdresser

Because we know some of you guys are probably going to.

Here’s exactly what to do step-by-step so you don’t royally stuff it up.

It’s a fairly unanimous opinion that getting bangs is a big call at the best of times.

Never advisable after a breakup, during times of immense change or after you’ve downed three bottles of wine and your best mate is brandishing a pair of scissors, the general consensus is to exercise caution when it comes to fringes.

If you do have a short at the front, long at the back strand situation by choice however, you’re probably pretty worried about how you’re going to keep it that way during this whole quarantine schmozzle (among 87,000 other things to stress about too).

Sure, hairdressers are still open for the time being (the recent 30 minute cap on appointments has just been lifted, huzzah!), although if you’re self-isolating, you’re probably not too keen to venture out to your regular salon. The only alternative? Going DIY.

Now, this is a risky business. There is a reason we don’t cut our own hair (well, there are many actually), mainly because it’s a skilled art, as anyone who has had a terrible chop – either at a backyard party or by a real stylist – can attest.

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Alas, desperate times call for desperate measures so we asked Sydney celebrity stylist, Anthony Nader, exactly what to do.

According to Nader, there are three main things you want to avoid doing: Never cut your fringe wet (“when it dries, it would of shrunk right up as your strands stretch beyond their natural sitting”), don’t cut your fringe horizontally (“if you do this you’ll end up resembling a Lego woman”) and try not to pull or stretch your fringe when cutting it as once again this will bounce up dramatically if you do.

Once you’ve got your head around that, you’ll need three long, flat sectioning clips, one cutting comb and a pair of sharp scissors – operative word here being sharp.

From there, this is the process (follow it closely and sober and you’ll be apples. Vaguely follow it half sloshed at your peril).

  1. Stand in front of the mirror and section out the fringe section clean and precise.
  2. Take the point of the comb and glide along the scalp from the crown area to the hairline on both sides.
  3. Grab your fringe section now, then use 2-3 clips surrounding the fringe section to ‘hold down’ the rest of your hair so it isn’t in the way of getting accidentally snipped.
  4. Now depending on how thick your fringe section is, to make it easier for you and control take a half inch section from each side starting at the hairline backwards then clip the bulk of the section away.
  5. To ensure that you don’t end up with a fringe that appears hacked at, firstly comb that section of hair left out then direct the tips of your scissors diagonally up into the length. Remember to take less than more with the length. Aim for approximately 1-2cm at a time.
  6. Be sure never to hold down this section or the other sections behind, as the tighter you hold this the shorter the length will jump up.
  7. Once you’ve established your length with your first section, now take your next section and comb down gently and use your previous guide underneath to follow your new length.
  8. Continue this method until you don’t have any more sections to bring forward.

And a final word from Nader: “If you don’t already have a fringe and want one badly, please, please, please just hold off until you’re sitting in the hairdressers chair again. It’s not worth the heartache attempting to cut one in and then it ending in disaster.”


HAIR DYI SOLUTIONS NOW THAT YOU CANT GO TO THE SALON. Anthony’s handy tips to help you out looking fab in lock down. Seen Body + Soul

At-home DIY beauty solutions now that you can’t go to your local salon

From hair dye to facials, we’ve got you covered.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown us into lockdown, with beauty services no longer available. But before you panic, these expert-approved hair, skin, brow and nail products are here to get you through.

As COVID-19 continues and new restrictions on both services and gatherings have been put into place, your regular beauty treatments like brow grooming and facials are no longer operating. At the time of writing you can still head to the hairdresser, but only for 30-minutes.

It may not seem like it now, but there are upsides to skipping your regular appointments. There’s also a tonne of at-home DIY solutions to get you through lockdown.

So before you freak out, we’ve sourced the next best thing to the professionals – expert approved.

It's time to take your beauty regime into your own hands, literally. Image: iStock


We currently don’t know how long these new regulations are in place for, but for me, I know that anywhere between two to six weeks and my regrowth is visible, my ends seem frayed and split, and my colour has faded. If you’re trying to grow your hair – yay for you! If you’re not, I feel you.

Luckily, there’s a load of at-home hair colour options available both in supermarkets and online that range from all price points and hair needs. Before purchasing, Hair Stylist and owner of Sydney’s RAW Salon Anthony Nader says it’s worth checking in with your hairdresser.

“Ask your hairdresser if you could go into the salon and get the same colour cocktail that you would normally have and get them to explain what to do,” he says.

“This way, you’re getting the professional advice from your hair stylist firsthand with the do’s and the don’ts of how to make your home hair colour look like it’s been created at the salon instead of in your laundry tub.”

Can’t get to the salon? “If you’re in the supermarket aisle and looking for a hair colour, the best advice that I can give is to read the directions on the box carefully,” says Nader.

“If you have a semi-permanent or a permanent colour that is all over, this colouring is slightly easier than creating a full head of highlights from the supermarket shelves. Instead of being creative at home with a concoction of colour, stick with the one block colour and this will tide you through hopefully until hair salons can be trading again.”

Lots of salons are now offering at-home kits for their clients. Like nationwide salon Edwards And Co, who launched colour kits including all the tools, dye and developer you need to get you through until your next appointment. They’ve also launched an IGTV series on Instagram with helpful resources and demonstrations on how to DIY.

If you’d prefer not to DIY dye, Anthony suggests using dry shampoo. “For those of you that don’t want to take this commitment of colouring hair at home and want something more temporary, you can use a colour dry shampoo and give the roots a once over with spray and your grey hairs will now be gone,” he says.

We like:

At-home Hair Colour Kit ($44.90 – now offering a free trial, at The Shade)

At-home Hair Colour Kit ($44.90 – now offering a free trial, at The Shade)

Salon-grade permanent hair colour delivered to your door and free from nasties like ammonia, PPD and parabens. After a quick survey to find out your hair health, perfect colour and experience with DIY dying they’ll prescribe you with your ideal shade and kit. It comes with everything you need from the dye, developer to the equipment and aftercare.

Clairol Natural Instincts ($15.99, at Priceline)

Clairol Natural Instincts ($15.99, at Priceline)

Made from 80% naturally derived ingredients this box dye is body+soul approved. Semi-permanent and made from coconut oil, aloe vera and no ammonia or parabens. Smooth it over hair to enhance your natural colour and disguise regrowth or greys in less than 30 minutes.


Every brow expert will agree that there’s never been a better time grow out your hair. Every 90’s supermodel will also agree – citing that they wished they’d never plucked! So with that being said, embrace it and leave them alone.

If you do need to tidy up your eyebrows though, Hannah Mutze, the National Brow Artist for Benefit Cosmetics Australia, suggests going easy with the tweezing and only plucking the middle, or where needed.

“Avoid tweezing hairs every couple of days as this disrupts your growth cycle. Instead, put aside time every two to four weeks (if your brows grow very quickly, every week is OK) to remove strays all at once,” she says.

For proper tidying or shaping she recommends this method, using three tools. “You’ll need tweezers (opt for a slant tip pair for ultimate precision), a spoolie brush and a brow pencil. Ensure your brows and surrounding skin are clean, then brush your brows into shape. Use your brow pencil to trace an outline around each of your brows. Use this outline as your guide and tweeze away all of the hairs that grow OUTSIDE of the lines.”

In the meantime your best options are to go for brow gel and semi-permanent tints.

We like:

Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel ($45, at Benefit)

Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel ($45, at Benefit)

Use a clear gel to tame and set hairs into place. Embrace the bushy trend and comb them up and outwards towards the temples.

­­Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint ($12.47, at Chemist Warehouse)

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Gel Tint ($12.47, at Chemist Warehouse)

This innovative gel lasts three days and works like a semi-permanent tattoo. Using the wand, swipe over your natural brow arch, let it set then peel off. Hairs and skin are left evenly tinted and full.

Speak to your skin therapist before trying any new at-home peels or actives. Image: iStock


For skincare fanatics, now is a great time to start using powerful ingredients like at-home peels and retinol as you have limited exposure to the sun, pollution – or people for that matter. But it’s also important to understand your skin and leave it alone if you’re not used to using a lot of actives or products.

If your skin requires more attention, get in touch with your dermatologist or skin therapist who may be able to offer you online skin consultations via Skype or FaceTime and help you keep up to date with your current routine or prescribe you new product.

Home-grown heroes like Alpha-H are offering 20 minute complimentary live online skin consultations, where advice about a tailored routine and personalised products can be prescribed.

Kiri Yanchenko, founder of Amperna, offers a Holistic Skin Coaching service, which focuses on lifestyle factors as well as skin health. “Holistic skincare focuses on exercise, a great diet and stress relief as well as the right products to help people with their skin,” she says.

“A high-quality active regimen is important, however it’s important to make sure you don’t overdo it and run the risk of compromising your microbiome. Remember the less is more approach. Don’t over wash your skin and now that you have more time; don’t pop or squeeze breakouts as it can lead to the bacteria spreading, worsen the pimples by pushing the clog deeper into your skin, or cause scarring.”

We like:

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel ($240 for 60, at Mecca)

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel ($240 for 60, at Mecca)

Always wanted to try a peel? Now is your chance. Depending on your skin type, these Dr Dennis Gross peels come in extra strength and gentle and work to resurface the skin to refine skin texture and tone.

Amperna Rescue Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum ($50, at Amperna)

Amperna Rescue Probiotic+ DS Soothing Serum ($50, at Amperna)

If your face starts to freak out bring it back to balance with soothing ingredients like those found in this serum. Copper and zinc replenish the barrier while calming irritation.


Removing your gel polish at home is one thing, and a DIY mani is another. Take this as an opportunity to let your nails recover from all those hardcore nail treatments and chemicals. Go for a naked mani and allow them to breathe.

Mavala National Trainer Tracey Winder agrees, “Now that the time is available, invest extra care into your hands, nails and cuticles, particularly with all the strict hygiene practices in place. Indulge in a methodical home manicure that treats every area with natural, nourishing remedies,” she says.

“Look for ingredients that include vitamins, minerals and amino acids, all essential for healthy nail growth. Incorporate an exfoliant for all areas and follow with treatment products, ‘sealed in’ with gloves for an overnight treatment. Hand cream should be your best friend during this time!”

We like:

Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener ($19.95, at Mavala)

Mavala Scientifique Nail Hardener ($19.95, at Mavala)

Boost your nail rehab time with this hardening treatment. Keratin works to strengthen and repair week nails prone to splitting, breaking or after removing Shellac, gel or SNS.

Kester Black Rest and Repair Wonder Mask ($24, at Kester Black)

Kester Black Rest and Repair Wonder Mask ($24, at Kester Black)

Packed with antioxidants like organic white tea, fermented rice, kefir and vitamin E oil, this nourishing cocktail of goodies will restore your nails in time for your next appointment.

More essential coronavirus reading:

Read up on what the government lockdown means for you, understand why Aussie doctors are up arms, be aware of the ‘hidden symptom’ of COVID-19 carriers, prepare yourself for the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic, get your sweat on at home with these free online workouts before reviving your over-washed hands with this DIY balm, and then console yourself with these unexpected joys.

Anthony Nader is a Hair Stylist and owner of RAW Salon, Hannah Mutze is the National Brow Artist for Benefit Cosmetics Australia,Kiri Yanchenko is Founder of Amperna and a Holistic Skin Health Advocate and Tracey Winde is Mavala National Trainer.