Five Arabic smash hits to sing while you wash your hands

Experts say that one of the most effective ways to protect oneself from the novel coronavirus is to wash hands rigorously. (Instagram/@sarashakeel)
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Updated 24 March 2020

Five Arabic smash hits to sing while you wash your hands

DUBAI: From governments to the World Health Organization and countless online infographics, experts are warning the public that one of  the most effective ways to protect oneself, and others, from the novel coronavirus is to wash our hands rigorously. 

Hand hygiene is incredibly important as one of the most common ways to get sick involves simply touching a public surface that’s contaminated with a virus or bacteria and transferring the matter to your eyes, mouth or nose. The average human touches their face about 200 times a day, inviting microbes in through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose or mouth.

Experts, including the Center For Disease Control and Prevention, recommend lathering up for a full 20 seconds, followed by a 10-second rinse, or in other words, as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.”

But if you’re sick of singing “Happy Birthday” or simply want to mix it up, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of alternative tunes to sing to make sure you’re washing your hands for long enough that they clean and free of germs. Read on for five Arabic songs to sing while you scrub.

‘Ah w noss’ - Nancy Ajram

Start at the beginning and sing until she croons "W hateba enta akeed khasran."

‘Boshret Kheir’ - Hussain Al-Jasmi

Start at the beginning and sing until "Di boshret khair." 

‘Youm wara youm’ - Cheb Mami

Start at the beginning and sing until "Habibi w adeeni gait."

‘Ya tabtab’ - Nancy Ajram

Start at the beginning and sing until "Eza ardy." 

‘Nari Narain’ - Hisham Abbas

Start at the beginning and sing until "Agmal Kalam b A'youno alo an el hawa, habibi da." 

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.”