Imaan Hammam, Gigi Hadid call for donations amid shut downs

Imaan Hammam is one of the many celebrities asking their fans to donate money to fight coronavirus concerns. (Instagram)
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Updated 16 March 2020

Imaan Hammam, Gigi Hadid call for donations amid shut downs

DUBAI: Part-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid took to Instagram to share a heartfelt post urging her followers to donate to US hunger relief organization Feeding America to help food banks respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Thinking of everyone living paycheck to paycheck that cannot go to work, in a country that does not guarantee sick leave, is not pausing student debt collections, planning for mortgage/rent relief right now,” she wrote on her Instagram Stories, adding a link to the donation page on her swipe up.  

A number of celebrities are continuing to make public and private donations in a bid to alleviate the economic impact of the spread of the infectious disease, which has claimed thousands of lives across the globe.

Gigi Hadid called for donations to help support US hunger relief organization Feeding America. (Instagram)

Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam also decided to use her social media platform to make a difference, asking her 879,000 followers to donate money to support the non-profit hunger relief organization.

“Please donate to an organization like @feedingamerica which is helping lower income kids and teens (who rely on meals at school) get fed during this time when schools are closed,” she wrote. “You can donate or volunteer or help assemble meals for families who are preparing to stay at home,” she added.

Since the identification of the coronavirus on Jan. 7 in the Chinese port city of Wuhan, more than 160,000 people have tested positive, of whom over 6,500 have died. As confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to increase, countries could face an overwhelming burden on their emergency and medical services.

Lebanese blogger Lana El-Sahely shared a link to a donation page for the Lebanese Red Cross on her Instagram. (Instagram)

Lebanese blogger Lana El-Sahely took to Instagram to raise awareness on this pressing concern.

El-Sahely shared a link to a donation page for the Lebanese Red Cross, saying: “Literally if you can help with just $1. Every single person counts. Every donation counts. They are not only risking their health but they are taking the best measures to take all the coronavirus cases to the hospital.” 

Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

We speak to a hair expert on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care. (File/Instagram)
Updated 30 March 2020

Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

DUBAI: As salon-goers face the closure of spas, salons and barbershops, we speak to Haneen Odeh, founder of UAE’s Snob salon for her take on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care.

Many men and women who rely on salon visits to keep their lengths healthy could be left wondering what to do between now and their next visit to a professional hair stylist. But just as important is what not to do (read: DIY trim job) to avoid ruining your hair and having to impose your own personal period of self-isolation once the pandemic is over due to a ruined haircut you tried to pull off in the bathroom mirror.

Don’t bleach your own hair
“For those who usually go to the salon to dye their lengths blonde, roots may be starting to show now. And while it might be tempting, I would strongly urge to not bleach your own roots. Lightening dark hair is a very complex multi-step process that requires years of experience and professional grade products only available at salons. Bleaching your hair incorrectly might result in burning and damaging your hair. Instead, opt for a root spray such as the L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Concealer Spray. Otherwise, you can always conceal your dark roots with a headband or try wrapping your hair up with a scarf.” 

Do deep conditioning treatments
“Use this time to nourish your hair with a deep conditioning treatment. A lot of people simply apply it in the shower on wet hair for a few minutes and call it a day, but that way means that your lengths aren’t getting the full benefits of the product. Think of hair like a sponge, when it’s wet, it’s already full of water and cannot absorb anything more. So to make sure the product is fully absorbed into your locks, towel dry your hair after shampooing and then apply the treatment. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. You’ll see a huge difference.” May we suggest The Let It Go Circle hair mask from Davines, which is designed to boost hydration and revitalize dry and brittle strands?  

Don’t pick up the scissors
“When you’re bored, it might be tempting to pick up the scissors but, and I can’t stress this enough, don’t trim your own bangs or make any big changes to your hair cut on your own. It will inevitably go wrong and you will end up paying more to get it fixed in the long run. Try out some new hairstyles instead. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube so experiment a little and get your hair professionally cut once it’s safe to do so.”

 Don’t over wash
“The more you wash your strands, the more you strip the scalp of its natural oils, and that in turn makes the scalp produce even more oil, which causes you to wash your hair more often — and the cycle goes on and on. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your lengths a break and cut down on the washing. Your hair might get oily, but once the adjustment period is over, you will notice that it will require less frequent washing.”

Do try scalp treatments
“Too often, we pay attention to the lengths of our hair and give our scalp no attention. But caring for your scalp improves the overall health of your tresses, stimulates hair growth and gets rid of dandruff due to product buildup. Scalp treatments range from serums to salt scrubs, so pick a product that suits your hair needs. Le Labo's basil-scented Scrub Shampoo uses black sea salt and menthol to clear away dirt and cool scalps down.”