Emily Ratajkowsi and Kaia Gerber went blonde during quarantine. But should you lighten your hair at home?

Jene J. Long

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Something about the seemingly endless amount of time spent at home encourages dramatic actions when it comes to your hair. Whether it’s a DIY haircut or playing with a new colour, even I’ve fallen prey to the siren song of home hair transformation since transitioning to spending most of my time indoors way back in March.

Celebs are feeling the pull too, including stars like Kaia Gerber and Emily Ratajkowsi who recently showed off their newly lightened locks online. 

As tempting as it may be to take the plunge and lighten your

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The Best DIY Hair Masks for Every Hair Type, According to Stylists

Jene J. Long

Now that in-salon trims and treatments are on an indefinite hiatus, the health of our hair is entirely up to us. One of the easiest ways to give your locks some love at home? Make a DIY hair mask. Besides being a huge money saver, a homemade hair mask virtually guarantees the ingredients you’re slathering on your strands are all-natural and non-toxic.

“Plant-based ingredients are holistic, meaning a single ingredient will deliver a variety of benefits and won’t have any negative consequences, such as leaving behind chemical buildup or residue,” says Devin Toth, a hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York.

And because you’ll know exactly what ingredients are going into your hair and scalp, you’ll have an easier time tweaking your DIY formulas so that you can score the best possible results for your hair type and the particular brand of hair drama you’re combatting.

How to get

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Jen Atkin Taught Me How to Cut My Hair at Home, and It Actually Looks Great

Jene J. Long

I vowed never to cut my own hair again after a major mishap during my freshman year of high school. Let’s just say, I learned my lesson the hard way. For over a decade, and up until a few days ago, I have kept that promise to myself. However, it was one I made at a time when the possibility of a worldwide pandemic was inconceivable to my teenage imagination.

I typically visit my hairstylist every three months for a trim and highlights. The last time I saw her was in November. (Let me help with the math—that’s over five months ago.) Suddenly, my locks started looking very dry and unhealthy, especially at the ends. So when I saw Jen Atkin share a couple of haircut-how-to videos on Instagram, my interest piqued. My co-workers have recently tried everything from DIY waxing to professional-level facials, so I thought to myself,

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