Quarantine Trends: Tik Tok Edition

Quarantine Trends: Tik Tok Edition

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Since most people are finding themselves with more free time in quarantine, it is no surprise that many, including myself, are scrolling through TikTok for entertainment. For those that do not know, TikTok is a social media platform that allows people to create, post and watch short videos. TikTok trends can range from anything considered normal to things that make you question who thought this would be a good idea. Here is a list of the trends that always seem to be on my For You page: 

  1. Bleaching Clothing Items – Most people already have household bleach, which makes this trend easy to do and highly tempting.  People are using bleach to create an acid wash effect on clothes such as shirts, sweatshirts or anything denim.  More specifically, people are bleaching one pant leg while leaving the other pant leg untouched to upcycle their pair of jeans. If you’re bored, grab an old clothing item and splash some bleach on it to revamp your style.
  2. DIY Hair Dyeing – Boredom plus hair dye means you’re about to see more DIY hair coloring once we are out of quarantine.  One currently popular hair style for women is to dye only the few pieces of hair surrounding the face.  People are even rocking bleached hair looks if they don’t have hair dye laying around the house.  Some TikTok creators will be lucky enough to have professional hairstylists, such as Brad Mondo @bradmondonyc, make a reaction video to their DIY hair dyeing process. 
  3. DIY Bangs – If someone doesn’t have hair dye and they still want to switch up their hair style then they will probably reach for the scissors.  Yes, we have all seen the videos of DIY bangs going horribly wrong and now a lot more people are attempting to give themselves bangs out of boredom. If you see a lot more people wearing hats and headbands after quarantine, it’s safe to say they probably cut their own bangs and didn’t like the results.
  4. Geometric Shape Painting – Some people have decided to use this time at home to do some painting.  Many are using painter’s tape to make geometric shape outlines on their wall.  Then they paint the areas not covered by the tape.  Once dry, they peel off the tape and are left with a wall of colorful shapes. It’s a simple, creative paint job that adds character to a wall.  
  5. Whipped Coffee (Dalgona Coffee) – Instant coffee, sugar, milk and boiling water are the only ingredients needed to make this sweet treat. It is one aesthetically pleasing coffee drink that is worth trying. 
  6. Learning TikTok Dances – It seems like every day there is a new dance trending on TikTok.  If you are looking for a fun way to get up and exercise, take the time to learn a TikTok dance.  Who knows, maybe you’ll become as TikTok famous as Charli D’Amelio @charlidamelio
  7. DIY Cocktail Recipes – Many people are sharing their favorite alcoholic concoctions, making videos showing all of the steps and ingredients for followers to try them out for themselves. 
  8. Home Workout Videos – With the gyms are currently closed, many people are encouraging each other to continue their workout routine at home.  They provide short workout routine instructions.  Some people took it to the extreme and made DIY workout equipment such as using a towel and a closed door for pull up bars.
  9. Mugshot Pictures – This trend is a little odd and controversial since people are using makeup to create black eyes for their mugshot picture. People usually take a side and front view picture of themselves with Halloween-ish makeup on.
  10. Flashing Your Significant Other While They Are Doing Something – This is, by far, the weirdest trend. People are walking out in front of their significant other in a towel, then dropping it and recording their reaction. Usually people catch their s.o. off guard by flashing them while they are working or playing video games.