Sonia Ben Ammar, Shanina Shaik get creative on TikTok as models self-isolate

French-Tunisian model Sonia Ben Ammar is using TikTok to cope with social-distancing. File/Getty
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Updated 24 March 2020

Sonia Ben Ammar, Shanina Shaik get creative on TikTok as models self-isolate

DUBAI: Many stars are currently practicing social distancing in a bid to deal with the international spread of coronavirus. Part-Arab models like Sonia Ben Ammar, Shanina Shaik and Bella Hadid are spending their time at home perfecting their moves on social media platform TikTok, as millions of people around the world take to the app during self-quarantine.

The app, which is used to share short-form videos — often choreographed to music — is quickly becoming the go-to social media platform with viral dances, challenges and humorous skits.

Like many other performers and stars right now, French-Tunisian model Sonia Ben Ammar is using her latest social media post to overcome self-isolation, while offering her followers a bit of lighthearted fun. 

Set to the tune of “It’s Corona Time” by Chumino, the 21-year-old’s latest tongue-in-cheek upload sees her executing a short skit against the backdrop of a faux tropical island, where she’s dressed in a black swimsuit and sunhat. Next, she puts on oversized sunglasses and pretends to lather sunscreen on her limbs before humorously putting on a surgical facemask. 

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Ben Ammar isn’t the only star to get on board with TikTok. Saudi-Australian-Pakistani-Lithuanian model Shanina Shaik routinely takes to the social media platform to share her beauty and style tips and upload videos of herself performing short choreographed dances.

Meanwhile, part-Palestinian model Bella Hadid recently rejoined TikTok. “I’m sorry. Please know I’m 99% joking but also 1% actually trying to impress you somehow,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a screenshot of her TikTok profile. 

As she reached the eighth day of self-quarantine, the 23-year-old decided to document how she has been spending her time at home. The model uploaded a video of herself dancing and lip syncing to “Pew Pew Pew” by Auntie Hammy, while dressed in a cozy work-from-home appropriate outfit that consisted of white sweatpants and a pink top. 

Many celebrities are turning to the social media platform in order to cope with social distancing. Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Bieber, Mariah Carey and Lizzo are only some of the stars making videos at home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 



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Jennifer Lopez and her fiance Alex Rodriguez recently joined TikTok and instantly went viral with their take on the “Flip the Switch” challenge, which sees two users switch outfits halfway through the video, while Drake raps “I just flipped a switch, flip, flip,” from his 2018 song, “Nonstop.”

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.”