First, I suppose, you have to figure out exactly what you're upkeeping. Not everyone dresses the same, nor do we all care about the same aspects of our appearance. For example, I try to keep my hair color consistent and neat, but I really could care less for the color of my nails. Others might take care of their piercings and keep their body hair. It's all fine! Your body is your body. But, in general, what do Goths upkeep? From what I've seen, the most common things that Goths upkeep are:
- Hair color
- Hair style (especially curls and bangs)
- Cuticle health
- Nail color
- Nail length and shape
- Skin health (esp. acne treatments)
- Teeth whiteness
- Eyebrow shape or presence
- Body hair
- Piercing health (esp. when you have stretched piercings)
- Clothing maintenance
While it might seem like a short list, the amount of time that goes into each of these can be pretty overwhelming. It takes me about one and a half hours start-to-finish to dye my hair, and don't even ask me how long for manicures especially after I have to repair the inevitable smudges.)
Thus, the concept of the Goth Upkeep Day is born. Every once in a while, some Goths relegate a day to catch up on all the grooming we have to do so that we're not impatiently waiting for our nails to dry five minutes before we go to the club. Depending on one's schedule, style, and body type, these can be from every two weeks to very three months.
Since it's a whole day largely spent on nothing (because you're sitting around waiting for things to dry or set or whatever), it can be a bit of a drag. Here are some tips to make sure your Goth upkeep day is as pleasant as possible:
- Try to get all of your commitments taken care of beforehand. Work, chores, homework, blog posts, etc. should be taken care of before you begin your Goth Upkeep Day so you're not stressed about them while you're trying to do other things.
- Take this time to recognize if some of the products you use are running low or need to be replaced. Someone remind me to pick up new tweezers.
- Stock up on things to watch. While you're doing various treatments, movies are great background noise. Usually it's best to pick an old favorite so that you're not raptly paying attention and getting distracted while your black hair dye drips onto the rug.
- Get the kettle boiling or crack open the take out menus, food is the best cure for boredom. Clearly.
- Get everything together before you start so you're not running out to the CVS looking for nail polish remover.
- Try more typical spa treatments! I like Lush bath bombs, personally, but there are tons of options out there.
- Save any handicraft projects until you're done with your nail polish. Trust me. Bad things happen.
- Don't be afraid to spoil yourself a bit if it's an option for you. Vanity is not a sin in the Goth world.
So, do you all have Goth Upkeep Days? What do you do you them? If not, how do you schedule the upkeep for your look?