It is no secret that the pandemic and the on again, off again shutdown of hair salons, has wreaked havoc on beauty routines across the nation. Even with some salons now opening, not everyone is comfortable returning to enclosed environments, so w

orkaround strategies need to be adopted. Let me come to the rescue, with tips, tricks and creative solutions:

Zoom Call Tips ( … and how to hide your grown-out roots)

If your roots – especially gray roots – are coming in, part your hair on the other side, the side with less gray; to hide the grays. And don’t pull your hair back, e

specially if you’ve got grays coming in around the temple, but rather, leave the hair down, and frame your face with a few pieces, which can help to mask your roots.  If you have naturally curly hair, wear it curly or wavy, which will also help to hide gray hair. This is also an easy way to style your hair, especially when there is less time to do a proper blow dry (and when you are not able to get it blown dry smooth at a salon). Find a leave in conditioner which will take the frizz out of curls, and form beautiful, soft waves such as Marco Anti Frizz Leave In Conditioner.  The best way to apply is after shampooing: towel dry to remove excess moisture, apply a bit of leave-in thru the mid-lengths and ends, and let the hair dry on its own. Too much physical manipulation (scrunching) can form frizz and ruin the curls’ shape. If you must blow dry and straighten/smooth your hair, do it the night before your call. Don’t leave it to the morning – blow-dried, smooth hair looks better the next day, and you can take your time at night, and not be rushed before your call.

How to Care for Your Neglected Hair

If you can’t get to a salon for a cut or deep conditioning (or don’t want to) do a deep conditioning at home at least once a week.  If there’s a workday where you don’t have to go anywhere, and you don’t have to get on a zoom call – you could use this workday to sit with a hydrating conditioner on your hair for about 30 minutes. Marco Color Hydrate Conditioner, a lavender, collagen-based product, is perfect for this.  Shampoo, rinse, apply the conditioner, wrap a hot, damp towel around your head/hair, and sit for 30 minutes. Adding heat is preferred; so sit in a steamy bath. Rinse.

How to Talk to Your Stylist When You Return (… about what you did to your hair)

Explain thoroughly what you’ve done to your hair in quarantine – be honest.  Best if you can email or text your stylist pics of what your hair looks like now and have a frank discussion BEFORE you enter the salon.  This saves precious time at your appointment and will make your stylist better prepared and allow him/her to plan properly for your visit and get whatever tools they might need for you.

Marco Pelusi is globally recognized as a leading Haircolor Authority, renowned Platform Artist, Educator, Salon Owner, and fashion-forward Celebrity Haircolorist. Marco’s love for haircolor began at his family’s upscale chain of East Coast salons. Early in his career, he became a top Educator at one of the world’s leading Italian hair color companies. He was then sought out to be the National Haircolor Educator for an esteemed Los Angeles-based color company. Soon after, he opened Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in the heart of the ultra-chic West Hollywood Design District on Robertson Boulevard. There, he and his talented staff of seasoned Hollywood hair stylists continue to offer world-class hair fashion to numerous celebrities and trendsetters. Some of Marco's exclusive celebrity clientele include James Brolin, Carol Alt, Eva LaRue, and Carson Kressley. Marco’s luxurious, spa-like salon is the premier retailer of the Marco® Collagen Color Guard® HairCare System, the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color- and chemically-treated hair. Marco can be seen regularly at his sold-out performances on the main stages of the New York and Las Vegas Annual International Beauty Shows (The Beauty Experience) as well as The International Salon Spa Expo in Long Beach (ISSE). Marco also appears regularly on TV as a haircolor makeover expert on "A Healthy You & Carol" on FOX and "Home and Family" on Hallmark Channel. Marco also has appeared as a beauty product expert on KTLA’s morning show (Channel 5 in LA). In 2020, Marco will appear as a judge on The Look: All Stars on the CW network. Marco Pelusi Hair Studio, Inc. 636 North Robertson Blvd., Unit B West Hollywood, CA 90069 (p) 310.967.0999     email: For more information, visit