As the coronavirus crisis continues apace, life as we know it is a much-changed beast. The rhythms of daily life and routine we took for granted are upended, and that means a hold on many enjoyable things, from big parties to cinema trips.
For a number of Irish men and women, it also means the interruption of some very high-maintenance beauty regimes. Salons, barbers and beauty hotspots are closing their premises temporarily in a bid to flatten the curve.
Some people have taken to social media to vent their own beauty-related issues. Novelist Marian Keyes has been busy removing her own Shellac manicure with a wily homemade concoction, while luxury facials are on ice, pricey manicures won't be maintained, and if you're conscientious enough to get regular waxes… well, you probably already know how uncomfortable regrowth is.
Here, we've devised a survival guide to address some beauty-related woes.
Most hairdressers have a client base currently enquiring about fringe maintenance, colour upkeep and what to do about highlights for the foreseeable.
Celebrity hairdresser Dylan Bradshaw, whose South William Street salon is currently closed, has made the same suggestions to his clients.
"Use this time to give your hair a rest," he notes. "Women usually put their hair through murder between blowdrying and heat styling. All those products that are in your bathroom, like masks and hair treatments, put them to use. We don't really need to worry about how we look if we are staying at home, so put your hair on a journey of health for the next while."
Those who are still clocking in to work via Google hangout and Zoom may feel worried about their hair colour, especially if they've refreshed it regularly.
Though it's tempting to reach for an at-home dye kit, Dylan advises caution.
"There's a reason box dyes are so cheap," he notes. "If you go and do a box-dye, be aware that it could have serious consequences for the condition of your hair for the rest of your hair days. Besides, it's unpredictable - you may not end up with the exact colour that's on the box."
Instead, use gap filler products, like root re-growth sprays and touch-up palettes.
There are plenty of at-home treatments you can use to improve the condition of your hair.
"Coconut oil is a good treatment, but a nightmare to get out of your hair, so only use a tiny bit," advises Dylan. "Egg whites are also a good way to get protein into your hair."
With regards to maintaining a fringe during social isolation: "Don't go on YouTube, don't look up tutorials on how to cut your hair, and don't get out the nail scissors," says Dylan. "Just scrape it to the side."
Resist the temptation, too, to call your hairdresser to see if she'll do you an out-of-hours favour: "Not only will you destroy businesses in the long term, but you'll also be potentially carrying viruses back and forth," Dylan notes.
Siobhan Tobin is a beauty tutor who runs Nail It Today Education in Bray, and has seen a lot of people have beauty appointments cancelled in recent days.
She notes that several people have Shellac, gel or acrylic manicures and pedicures that, in the usual run of things, get maintained regularly. But in the current climate, Siobhan notes that manicures should be removed so that people can effectively wash their hands.
"After a week or two, the colour, which is essentially a shell loosely connected to the nail, lifts, and you'll often have debris or dirt under there," she explains. "If the [nails] have been left long enough, they may be prone to infection. Women need to be directed to remove these gel, Shellac and acrylic nails at home.
"The usual technique to remove gel nails is to file them down, and then acrylic nails can be removed with acetone," she adds. "You can buy pure acetone from a chemist like Boots, or use a nail varnish remover with acetone in it.
"No matter whether you have an acrylic or Shellac manicure, the top layer is not a 'soak off' layer, and you will have to buff the top layer," Siobhan explains.
"Use a coarse, 100-grit file. With a Shellac manicure, buff the surface until it's matte, then take the acetone, and then put that onto cotton wool and place against the nail. Wrap them in tinfoil and leave for 15 minutes. Be sure to remove one at a time.
"Keep nails short - again this is more than a cosmetic thing, it's a health thing," Siobhan adds. "File your nails from the side into the centre to avoid damage, and file toenails straight across. We just need to go back to basics for a while."
Of course, stringent hand washing has left many of us with mitts that have seen better, more moisturised days. "Dermatitis can occur because of constant hand washing," says Siobhan. "It's what's ahead for most of us." A cream like E45 is a good place to start to keep hands moisturised.
If you're used to getting your brows threaded or shaped professionally, there's no harm in a little upkeep in the coming weeks. "The hair should be gripped with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pulled in the direction of growth, while stretching the skin with the other hand," advises Siobhan. "Only remove hairs as they re-grow, rather than reshaping, and don't tweeze above the brow."
If you've been particularly disciplined with your body hair removal, you can expect a little re-growth in the coming weeks and days.
With regards to waxed areas, Siobhan advises: "Don't shave the area. Yet, it may feel itchy or irritated, but that's commonly experienced.
"Now is not the time to be experimenting with wax kits. A lot of people are happy to use wax strips on their upper lip, but a safer alternative for the time being is a cream like Immac."
Your kitchen already has some handy DIY products in it. Take a leaf out of Hollywood's book: Catherine Zeta-Jones is reportedly a fan of honey face masks, and keeps her smile bright by brushing her teeth with strawberries.
Jessica Biel is said to mix a couple of teaspoons of sugar in with her cleanser to use as an exfoliating scrub. Demi Moore also uses her kitchen as a beauty emporium, reportedly using castor oil as a hair conditioning treatment.
Julia Roberts has also noted publicly that soaking her hands in a bowl of olive oil does wonders for her hands. Emma Stone, too, allegedly swears by grapeseed oil as a daily body moisturiser.