Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid are couple goals even during self-isolation

Dua Lipa and Dutch-Palestinian model Anwar Hadid made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2019 American Music Awards. AFP
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Updated 25 March 2020

Dua Lipa and Anwar Hadid are couple goals even during self-isolation

  • The duo has been spending a lot of time together in the pop star’s London flat

DUBAI: It seems that couples who self-isolate together stay together. Joining the likes of Justin and Hailey Bieber, Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodrigues and Emily Ratajkowski and her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard, who are all practicing social distancing together amid the coronavirus pandemic, is British singer Dua Lipa and her partner, Dutch-Palestinian model Anwar Hadid.

As the UK enforces strict rules pertaining to staying at home, the duo has been spending a lot of time together in the pop star’s London flat. The 24-year-old hitmaker has been documenting the couple’s self-isolation via social media, sharing videos and pictures of what they have been getting up to during self-confinement. 

On Sunday, the pair engaged in the ultimate “self-care Sunday” with a joint face mask session. Posing in front of a mirror at home, Lipa and Hadid showed off their matching his-and-hers face masks. The “New Rules” singer simply captioned the shot: “self-care Sundays ok.”

As for what else the couple has been getting up to during self-isolation: This week, Lipa took to her Instagram Stories to upload snaps of Hadid cooking pasta and share a cute illustration by the model.  

Lipa and Hadid were first rumored to be a couple when they were spotted at a concert in Hyde Park, London, in July 2019 — and they soon made it Instagram official.

While the duo has kept things relatively lowkey, they have been spotted together a few times, including at the 2019 American Music Awards in November, which marked their first red carpet appearance together.

Lipa was forced to move the date of her forthcoming second studio album “Future Nostalgia” to March 27, as it was leaked online, she said during an emotional Instagram Live session. But the Brit award-winner said she had mixed feelings about releasing new music during the coronavirus outbreak. “I’ve been a little bit conflicted about whether it’s the right thing to do during this time because lots of people are suffering,” she said. “But I think the thing we need the most at the moment is music, and we need joy and we need to be trying to see the light.”

The singer also announced the postponement of her world tour amid the coronavirus pandemic. “I tried to hold out for as long as possible but I can see that, at the moment, things aren’t changing and for the safety of everyone around us, we really need to be careful and cautious.”

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.”