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How to DIY your beauty treatments now that you can't visit shops

por Max Scurry (2020-05-31)


The Australian government has announced full restrictions on all beauty therapy, including tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours, beginning from midnight on Wednesday.

The only services exempt from the new 'draconian' measures are hairdressers and barbers, who are permitted to continue so long as they strictly manage social distancing and the patrons only stay on the premises for 30 minutes.

However, this isn't necessarily long enough for women to get their roots touched up or colour applied - it's just enough time for a simple cut. 

To help Australian women (and men) navigate these new rules, beauty experts have revealed to FEMAIL just how long you can last without getting your nails, cosmetic treatments and laser hair removal done - and how to conduct some of those treatments at home.

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NAILS

If you've just had varnish applied to your fingernails or toenails by a technician, fear not, this can simply be taken off with alcohol-based nail polish remover when it starts to chip.

The bigger problem is for those who have had SNS or acrylic nails applied in recent days and will require a top-up in the coming weeks.

According to Good Housekeeping, SNS - otherwise known as a dip powder manicure - can last two or three weeks without chipping or fading, making them comparable to gel-applied nails in terms of staying power. 






USA Nails salon in the affluent Sydney suburb of Double Bay was crammed with women early on Wednesday, desperate for one last beauty treatment before new coronavirus regulations come into force







Despite being seated in their usual positions, the store manager claimed they were complying with social distancing regulations


A full set of of acrylic nails - which are created by brushing a combination of liquid (monomer) and powder (polymer) onto your nails before shaping and ???????? air-drying them - can last six to eight weeks but ordinarily you'd need to head into a salon every three weeks to 'fill in' the growth. 

As this will no longer be possible under the new rules it's important to know how to safely remove the nails while at home.

A nail technician posted in The Makeup Social with a foolproof method, with many saying they had tried it on gel, acrylic and SNS - and it had been successful.

To start with you must hand file the top clear coat of nail varnish off first. Then fill a metal or ceramic bowl with just enough acetone to cover your nails.






Just around the corner at Le Nails Day Spa, women - young and old - were allowed to sit next to each other in massage recliner chars, or at tables while receiving a manicure







A nail technician posted in The Makeup Social with a foolproof method, with many saying they had tried it on gel, acrylic and SNS - and it had been successful







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Soak them in the mixture for a minimum of 15 minutes. When you pull them out the nails should look 'gooey' and melted, if they don't, you haven't taken enough of the clear top layer off.

'Now buff the nails as much as you can until it becomes too hard to get off,' she said.

Repeat the soaking and buffing procedure until there is no acrylic, gel or SNS lacquer on your nail, although it's important to buff slowly to reduce the damage to your natural nail.

Once you're satisfied ensure you moisturise your fingernails and nail beds as much as possible because the alcohol from the mixture will dry them out.

It is possible to apply your fake nails at home but it is a delicate process and requires a number of products - including a lamp, chemical powders, nail primers and cuticle removers - so for the sake of your natural nails, this is not recommended for amateurs.






Repeat the soaking and buffing procedure until there is no acrylic, gel or SNS lacquer on your nail, although it's important to buff slowly to reduce the damage to your natural nail


LASER HAIR REMOVAL

Even if you managed to schedule in a visit to your laser hair technician on Wednesday evening you are still going to have to re-visit them in four to six weeks if the hair was on your face, or eight to ten weeks for top ups on your body hair.

If you miss your appointment beyond the 10-week mark you'll likely need more treatments to remove the hair in general because the growth phases have been interrupted.

Hair grows in three stages: the anagen (growth) stage, the catagen (transitional) stage and the telogen (resting) stage. 






Dylan Mullan is the inventor of Happy Skin Co


Professionals space out treatment sessions to target hair follicles in the growth (anagen) stage but not all hair follicles will be in the same stage at the same time.

For this reason, skipping an appointment could lead to increased hair regrowth post treatment due to missed hair follicles, or a longer treatment period, Glow med spa reported.

A simple way to continue removing hair is to invest in a portable machine, like the $299 device created by entrepreneur Dylan Mullan called Happy Skin Co.

Australian-owned and made it's the first company to launch an at-home Intense Pulsed Light laser hair removal handset.






His $299 device works in the same way the in-clinic laser treatments do but can be done at home (Tammy Hembrow pictured)







 The handsets work because the light energy from IPL is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, which then turns to heat and destroys the hair cells


The handsets work because the light energy from IPL is absorbed by the melanin in the hair, which then turns to heat and destroys the hair cells.

'Most people will see complete results by the time they've completed their 12th session, so long as they zap the area once a week. At this point, hair generally stops growing completely however this doesn't mean it will never grow back,' Mr Mullan told FEMAIL.

'You actually have to be careful when anyone claims "permanent" laser hair removal as all forms of laser hair removal will require maintenance or eventually the hairs will start growing back.

'After completing your initial session, you would only have to use your handset about once every three months to maintain smooth, hairless skin.'

BROWS






National Brow Artist Hannah Mutze


While brow services are a luxury - and tend to be booked in every four to six weeks for a tidy up - National Brow Artist for Benefit Cosmetics Australia Hannah Mutze said we can certainly survive with fluffier, less defines brows if we have to.  

She told FEMAIL that it's 'actually quite easy' to maintain your shape at home by avoiding tweezing every couple of days, because it interferes with the natural growth cycle, and instead setting aside time every two to four weeks for a full tidy up. 

'At-home waxing is risky business, DIY tweezing/plucking is a much safer and easier option,' Miss Mutze said.