A hairstylist quarantines her time to practice her skills on her very willing friend, creating different things for him every day that isolate themselves,
Heidi Lee Oley, 31, of Atlanta, Georgia, was forced to close her salon amid the coronavirus pandemic, and she and her friend, software engineer Geoff Clark, decided to quarantine themselves in her family cabin outside the city.
Knowing that she would likely be weeks and maybe even months out of work, Heidi started testing her abilities on her boyfriend’s long dark brown locks – first with the curling iron she brought to give him a George Washington-inspired style while he worked behind his computer.
Working on it! A Georgia hairdresser went viral for experimenting with her boyfriend’s locks while the couple are quarantined together
Looking Good: Heidi Lee Oley, from Atlanta, created different looks every day for her boyfriend software engineer Geoff Clark, and even created a ‘first prom’ style for him
Heart of Gold: 31-year-old hair professional praised her boyfriend for being such a willing participant in the project
“George Washington is typing a new constitution,” she wrote in the post’s caption, where Geoff sat at his computer while modeling a funny curly style.
“We’re in a cabin made of all the cherry trees he cut down.
Attractiveness: Heidi admits that Geoff’s hair was the first thing she noticed about him
After posting photos of the resulting look on social media, the pair quickly went viral, with Heidi’s followers asking her to keep experimenting with his hair to create more funky styles.
“I knew I was going to be weeks, possibly months, out of work, so when he was at the computer I started curling it up and said, ‘I’m going to make you look like George Washington,'” said Heidi Bored Panda.
“I posted it on a few hair forums on Facebook and they loved it.
“I kept up because the reactions were so uplifting. Our industry is, among other things, in limbo, we have no customers, we are not paid, many are self-employed. The love we received is why we kept the series going.
“I wanted to shine a little bit of light under the shadows of our industry’s uncertainty.”
Where are you Christmas? Many of the styles are inspired by pop culture characters, including The Grinch’s Cindy Lou Who
Something To Do: After posting images of Geoff’s first look at social media, Heidi received high praise from fellow stylists, with many people sending requests for new looks
Spreading hope: “I kept up because the reactions were so uplifting … The love we received is why we kept the series going,” said Heidi
Ever since Heidi shared the first images of Geoff’s new look on social media, he got more and more creative with his hair – which she said was the first thing she noticed when they met two years ago.
So far, she’s created looks inspired by Star Wars’ Princess Leia, The Grinch’s Cindy Lou Who, the late singer Amy Winehouse – and even an act that can be modeled by a high school student going to their ‘first ball’.
Followers have started sending Heidi ideas and requests for future looks, and the hairstylist says she has enough to keep her busy for months – to keep her busy as long as the couple quarantine together.
The hairstylist is so invested in the challenge that she even bought new tools from a local supermarket to help her create new looks after leaving her professional gear at home in Atlanta when she traveled to the cabin.
She said, “His hair is the best! It is very curly. When we got to the cabin, I have alone [had] my curling iron, I left all my tools in my salon, so I use tools from the supermarket. ‘
As for Geoff, Heidi revealed that he was an incredibly willing participant in the viral project, with the hair guru explaining that her boyfriend actually has the perfect head of hair for styling – something she’s not used to doing every day as her specialty is coloring.
Far Away: Geoff is increasingly joining the project and even poses for hilarious photo shoots to show off all his looks – like this Princess Leia-inspired ‘do
Enthusiastic, “My girlfriend hasn’t seen Star Wars,” he wrote in the caption, sharing the images on Instagram. ‘Hopefully I inspired her with my acting skills’
Partner in crime: the couple also like to put their dog in the pictures
Preparation: After the project got underway, Heidi went to the grocery store to get some more hair tools, after leaving her professional gear at home in Atlanta when they went to stay in her cabin
“It’s nice for me, he likes his hair, win-win,” she said. “He has a heart of gold to make me do this and post it.”
Geoff has been so invested in the project that he now poses in a playful manner for hilarious photo shoots to better show his look of the day, and recently even wrapped himself in a sheet to create a Princess Leia-style dress.
“My girlfriend hasn’t watched Star Wars,” he wrote in the caption, sharing the images on Instagram.
“Hopefully I inspired her with my acting skills.”
Both Heidi and Geoff’s followers love the couple’s quarantine project, and many thanked them for providing entertainment during this time of stress and upset.
‘You. Thanks for the stylist entertainment, “one commented, while the other wrote,” You win quarantine. ‘
Where it all started: The first look Heidi created for Geoff was this George Washington-esque look, which she did while working at his computer
Win win: “It’s fun for me, he likes his hair, win-win,” she said. “He has a heart of gold to make me do this and post it,” she said
Creative: Heidi says she’s been given enough suggestions and requests to go on for months so the couple can stay busy during quarantine
Back to Black: For this Amy Winehouse-inspired look, Geoff decided to shoot in the bath
Sing it! He even added accessories and props to the looks to enhance them
Partners: Heidi says her boyfriend has the “best” hair
Experts reveal how to take care of your hair while in quarantine
If you need a haircut
Be careful, but it is possible to cut your own hair at home. According to Biolage Brand Ambassador and celebrity stylist Sunnie Brook Jones, just make sure you have the right supplies on hand:
- Towel for easy clean up
- Comb with wide and fine teeth
- Clip / Scrunchie to cut hair
- Fine pointed scissors
- Fine mist spray (optional)
She says that not only can you cut away split ends while you’re at home, you can also create some layers to give yourself a little more volume and texture – ideal if you’re hoping to brighten up your look for your next Zoom call.
A trick to make sure you don’t accidentally get a bob? Start with dry hair. Nick Stenson, artistic director of MATRIX, warns that you should never start wet cutting at home, because “when wet, you take the chance to cut too much.”
Luckily, Sunnie took it one step at a time guide to make sure your DIY hairstyle goes according to plan …
For front layers:
Step 1: Start with dry hair and a center part, create a guide in the front by taking small pieces and using your ears to hold the rest of your hair
Step 2: Continue to take small, even areas around the face (little by little) and cut the hair short to long to the ground
Step 3: Use a clip or scrunchie to keep longer hair out of your face and keep checking that both sides are equal
Shorten split or dry ends:
Step 1: Bring your ends up and point them vertically (be careful with your fingers!)
Step 2: To finish, use a fine mist to revive curls and see the shape, like the Biolage All-in-One Coconut Infusion Multi Benefit Spray
If you are concerned about your color
According to MATRIX Celebrity Colorist George Papanikolas and Beyonce’s colorist Rita Hazan, the best way to take care of your color during quarantine is to use color deposition and color enhancing shampoos and conditioners.
“It’s best to expand the color of your salon at home by using color-shampoos and conditioners such as Matrix Total Results So Silver, Brass Off and Dark Envy,” explains George.
They’ve been modified to neutralize unwanted coppery tones for all hair colors, from platinum blonde to dark brown. The triple masks can take the place of a shine in the salon to maintain the ideal tone. ‘
Rita agrees, saying, “My rich, foaming True Color Shampoo gently but effectively protects shades and cleanses hair without build-up, leaving hair feeling weightless.
‘[Then the] True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss ensures that the color remains vibrant and the hair remains as shiny as possible. This in-shower color saver enhances shine and shine with a clutter-free application. ‘
If your main concern is removing unsightly roots and temporarily hiding grays while you are quarantined, Rita also has some helpful advice there, recommending her Root Concealer Touch Up Spray.
“This revolutionary aerosol concealer expands salon or home colors with temporary gray root coverage,” she says.
; Award-winning and easy to use, Root Concealer is the only waterproof, transfer-resistant touch-up spray that covers shades of gray exactly where you need it. This exceptionally compatible formulation does not affect relaxers or other style treatments and is safe for all hair types. ‘