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bliss out homemade spa treatments
by Stacy Conradt |
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hair detox
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.

what you need | A pinch of baking soda.

what to 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 differently.

yogurt mask 2
This one's for your hair, but it's just as easy and cheap and will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling smooth.

what you need | One cup plain yogurt. That's it!

what to 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.

sugar scrub
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!).

what you need |

  • 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.

what to 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.


Stacy Conradt is 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.

more articles by stacy conradt:
hit the road
road trip snacks | the bride's ten commandments | rx for healthy eating


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