We all missed beauty salons when they were closed.
And in a bid to keep ourselves looking glam during lockdown, many of us experimented with DIY treatments.
This didn’t go to plan for many of us, a recent study reveals.
When 2,000 women were polled, 34% of people said their home beauty attempts resulted in disaster.
This included people accidentally shaving of their eyebrows, burning their lips with hair removal cream and turning their hair highlights green.
Other respondents said they have experienced streaky fake tans, stubborn wax which wouldn’t come off their skin and reactions to homemade face masks.
As a result of the beauty blunders, 33% of people had to see a professional to get the issues fixed.
Kim Priest from centre:mk, which commissioned the research, said: “The desire to get that feel good factor so closely associated with the perfect beauty treatment has created a false sense of security throughout our lives.
“The ‘I can do that at home’ thought has led to a wide range of epic beauty fails all women can relate to and often with hilarious results.
“Our research has shown wonky fringes, burns, allergies, hair dye and wax dilemmas are just the tip of the iceberg.
“It seems that some simple beauty hacks can go well from home, but for those more challenging, it’s best left with the experts and a trip to the salon is called for.”
Despite the DIY beauty disasters, 34% say quick fixes helped them to feel better about their appearance.
Meanwhile, 28% saw the sessions as self-care during rough times.
More than a third feel lockdown has made them appreciate ‘me time’ more than ever, while a quarter have realised they need to take more time out for themselves.
In recent months, women have typically attempted two beauty treatments at home and 22% said they did so in order to do something for their own self-care.
It also emerged that during the typical week, women spend 76 minutes on ‘me time’, including going for walks, practising yoga and even retail therapy.
Other self-care activities include meditation (17%), listening to music (55%) and enjoying face masks (38%).
Following time out and beauty treatments, 47% of the women polled, via OnePoll, feel relaxed while 24% are revitalised.
Chartered psychologist and author Suzy Reading, who has collaborated with centre:mk as part of the research, said: “Self-care is a life-giving action that tops up our energy bank boosting our resilience and giving us access to our best self.
“While self-care is not limited to pampering acts, beauty rituals have their place.
“There are simple rituals and products that we can engage in at home without great expense, and there are also practices that we leave to professionals in order to achieve the desired effect.
“Nourishing the physical body with touch, like tenderly massaging in products with a scent we love, is a mindfulness practice, calming the mind, soothing the nervous system, lifting the mood and stimulating the release of oxytocin, the feel-good hormone.
“We can dot our day with these rituals and feel better for it.”
Kim Priest, from centre:mk, added: “It is clear from the research that women are eager to take time out for self-care in order to boost their mental and physical wellbeing.
“Beauty is a quick fix for making women feel good, however the research has also
revealed that walking, yoga, exercise, meditation, retail therapy and good sleep are among many other self-care activities undertaken to boost well-being.
“The demand for self-care will only intensify.”
Top treatments women have tried at home
- Face masks (64%)
- Hair removal cream (64%)
- Hair dye (61%)
- Hair cut (43%)
- Fringe trim (43%)
- Leg waxing (41%)
- Hair mask (41%)
- Self-tan (from a bottle) (41%)
- Pedicure (40%)
- Foot exfoliator (38%)
- Face-peel mask (37%)
- Applying eyelashes (29%)
- Facial (28%)
- Removing gel nails (28%)
- Teeth whitening (26%)
- Bikini line waxing (25%)
- Foot mask (25%)
- Face massage (24%)
- Upper lip waxing (22%)
- Steam facial (22%)
- Applying gel nails (22%)
- Nail art (21%)
- Underarm waxing (19%)
- Removing eyelashes (19%)
- Removing acrylic nails (19%)
- Hair highlights (18%)
- Eyebrow waxing (18%)
- Eyebrow tint (15%)
- Applying acrylic nails (14%)
- Spray tan (13%)