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homemade spa treatments
by Stacy Conradt | 1
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Think about all of the products you use on your hair every day. After
you shower, you might work in a leave-in conditioner. Then a
straightening (or curling) balm before you, well, straighten or curl.
Maybe you use hairspray or pomade to set the style, and then finish it
all off with a shine serum. Needless to say, that's a lot of chemicals
in your coif -- and that doesn't count riding the subway or going to a
smoky bar. Don't worry -- because with this easy trick, you can detox
your hair for practically nothing.
need | A pinch of
do | Mix the pinch
of soda into your shampoo (the amount you use daily, not the whole
bottle). Shampoo like normal! This really does strip almost everything
from your hair, so condition well afterward. If you have color-treated
hair, make sure you test a spot before you do your whole head. I
haven't had any problem with my highlights, but your hair could react
This one's for your hair, but it's just as easy and cheap and will leave
your hair looking shiny and feeling smooth.
need | One cup plain
yogurt. That's it!
do | Massage it into
your hair just like shampoo, once or twice a month. To keep the mess
at bay, I would definitely do this in the shower (use warm water). Let
it sit for about five minutes, then condition well under cold water
for extra shine.
Why spend $60 on the brown sugar
scrubs in boutiques when you can make your own for a fraction of that?
You can even buy a pretty glass jar to put it in and still come out on
top (way on top!).
- White granulated sugar or
brown sugar (dark or light is fine). The amount will depend on how
much you want to make.
- Baby oil
- A jar to put your
finished scrub in. An old jelly jar will do just fine. If you're
not concerned with aesthetics, a Ziplock works too.
- Optional: Essential
oils -- almond, peppermint, citrus -- whatever you like. You can
find them for under $5 at craft stores like Michael's. eBay is
also a good source.
do | Mix the sugar
and the baby oil together until you have a thick mixture. I'd start
with a cup of sugar and 1/8 cup oil and go from there. When you have a
good texture, add your oils and mix well. Put the scrub in your jar or
baggie and use it as an exfoliator in the shower. You won't believe
how soft this leaves your skin! Due to the oil, I would not recommend
this as a facial scrub.
a freelance writer who works part-time at a makeup and skincare store
just for fun. She thinks a lot of these recipes work just as well (if
not better) than the pricey ones her store sells… but you didn't hear
that from her.
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