I have been going to the salon for various treatments and most of the time the effect only lasts for 1 week (at most!). What a waste of money considering that these treatments aren’t cheap. They cost a lot of money and they don’t give me the lasting results that I want. Hence I tried the DIY route. Here are 5 of the home beauty hacks I swear by:
- Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with water to control frizziness – mix equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and water to a bottle and use this as an initial and final rinse. Since I started using this once a week I saw my hair becoming less frizzy throughout the day. It is still a bit frizzy because this did not weigh my hair down but itless frizzy than normal. And you might be wondering about the smell. Yes, you will be able to smell it but it doesn’t smell that bad. I was also the only one who noticed the smell (I went to work the next day without washing my hair and none of my colleagues even noticed). There is just that faint smell of vinegar. It isn’t strong so don’t worry. If you want you can use a hair perfume when your hair is fully dried or a serum to cover the faint vinegar small.
- Baking soda mixed with water to relieve scalp itchiness and dandruff – this is a life-saver for me. I suffer from dandruff and product build-up because the only shampoo that works for me is Head & Shoulders. I guess my scalp became too used to the shampoo that it stopped working. I suffered from severe scalp itchiness and dandruff. So then I tried to look online for home remedies for dandruff and found that baking soda and water can help. I mix 1 glass of water with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and use it as an initial and final rinse once a week. This has put my dandruff under control and the stopped the itchiness
- Cornstarch as a dry shampoo substitute to control scalp’s oiliness – I don’t wash my hair every day because of dry scalp and hair. I wash my hair 3-4 times a week only. And because of dry scalp, my scalp tends to over produce oil whenever I don’t wash it. Dry shampoo in the Philippines is not that abundant and they can be expensive. I tried Dove once but didn’t really like it because it still made my hair oily after a few hours. I decided to go all natural with cornstarch to see how long it will hold oil production of my scalp. I find that it keeps my scalp dry for 4-6 hours and it doesn’t have any scent at all (which I like). And because cornstarch is cheap.
- Coconut oil or olive oil as waterproof makeup remover – I swear by cleansing oils because I love how easily it removes waterproof makeup and how thoroughly they cleanse my skin. But whenever I run out of my favourite cleansing oil, I would use coconut oil or olive oil to remove my waterproof makeup. Both are very gentle on the skin, do not clog my pores and effectively removes waterproof makeup.
- Sugar mixed with honey for a homemade face and body scrub – Once a week I make it a point to scrub my face and body to get rid of dead skin cells and unclog pores. I love the sugar and honey scrub because not only does it smell so good, it also leaves my skin feeling soft and glowing. Honey has antibacterial properties so it is good for people with acne-prone skin like me. I mix about 1 cup of brown sugar and drizzle honey until I get the consistency that I want and then rub it all over my face, neck down to my body. I rinse it off with warm water.
I love how I can save lots of money with products I can find right in our kitchen. Not only do they give me the effects that I want but also allow me to pamper myself right at the comfort of my own home. Please remember that these are effective to me but may not be to you.