Leave these to the pros
The coronavirus quarantine has many of us becoming at least somewhat more self-sufficient. As many of us are confined to our homes, unable to go out for basic services that we used to rely on, we’ve started to wonder…how hard could that be? But here are some things, according to experts and professionals in those fields, you’ll want to stay away from trying yourself. A lot of these people are professionals for a reason, and there are quite a few things, from hair care to home maintenance tasks, that you shouldn’t attempt on your own.
Certain remodelling projects
In all honesty, by “certain,” we mean “most.” Sure, with all this extra time it may be tempting to tackle a home improvement project. Or maybe you’re just getting sick of staring at the same kitchen configuration day after day after day. But still, while there are plenty of home projects it is safe to DIY, anything more ambitious than that – something that you might ordinarily call in a professional for – should wait.
Steve Booz, vice president of marketing at Royal Building Products, suggests a couple of specific examples. “Siding (cladding), for sure, is not a DIY project,” he told RD.com. “As the siding is key to the water management system of the home, this is a ‘must do properly’ task – not to mention the safety aspects of working from heights. Leave siding to the pros.” He also advises against attempting a decking project on your own, unless you’re a very experienced DIYer. “We have seen too many injuries result from deck collapses, [so] we always recommend a qualified decking contractor,” Booz says. Basically, err on the side of caution and wait until it’s safe to have a professional come to your home again.
There’s quite a bit of buzz (pun intended) about people from all walks of life attempting to cut their own hair, with varying success. And, honestly, this one is kind of a matter of personal preference. If you’re prepared to face all manner of potential consequences, you can go ahead and attempt to cut your hair yourself. (You’re probably better off asking a trusted person who’s quarantined with you to do it instead, if possible.) But Joe Flanagan, founder of fashion blog 90sFashion World, advises you to think long and hard before you try tending to your own hair. “Chances are you will end up depressed with an irregular [fringe] and shorter hair than you wanted,” he says.
What you can try, though, is one of these home remedies for dry and damaged hair.