D.I.Y. Shaving Cream

Shaving Cream

A lathery shaving cream that can be made at home!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shampoo
  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 5 tbsp. lotion
  • 5 tbsp. coconut oil

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well

*The consistency of this mixture is somewhat thin.  To thicken it, you can add more lotion.

Swimming Pool Hair Remedy

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Treat your hair to this rejuvenating hair mask perfect for after swimming!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 up lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. mild shampoo

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients: mix well
  • Apply to wet hair and gently massage into scalp and hair
  • Let sit for 30 minutes (putting a shower cap on is even more beneficial)
  • Rinse with water and wash as usual

Spearmint Hair Rinse

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Control oily hair while adding shine (without the greasy look) with this minty spearmint hair rinse!

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart water
  • 3 tsp. spearmint leaves

Directions:

  • Bring the water to a boil; add the spearmint leaves
  • Let boil for a couple of minutes; remove from heat
  • Let cool and refrigerate prior to using
  • Apply after shampooing hair and rinse with water

Baking Soda Hair Rinse

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Rinse away impurities and dirt from your hair and leave it looking shiny and healthy with this hair rinse!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup warm water

Directions:

  • Add the baking soda to the warm water; dissolve
  • After shampooing hair, apply the hair rinse
  • Gently massage into hair and scalp for a few minutes
  • Rinse with water

Common Household Items That Double As Beauty Tools

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Many people don’t realize that many common household items actually double as beauty products which can save you when you’re in a bind.  (Not to mention they can save you money too!)

Below is a list of some household items that can double as beauty tools.

Baking Soda = Deodorant

Deodorizes under arm odor as well as dries up sweat.  Simply pat a thin layer on your armpits and the baking soda will do the rest!

Pepto-Bismal = Facial Mask

The bismuth subsalicylate that is found in Pepto-Bismal is also commonly found in face creams.  Applying a couple teaspoons of Pepto-Bismal and leaving it on your face for 15-30 minutes leaves your face soothed and calm.

Conditioner = Shaving Cream

Conditioner works better than regular soap when it comes to shaving.  The conditioner will soften your hair which makes it easier to shave and also leaves your legs feeling super smooth and soft.

Advil Liqui-Gels = Zit Zapper

Open an Advil Liqui-Gel capsule when you have a pesky pimple and apply it to it.  The gel will instantly reduce the swelling.

Milk of Magnesia = Face Mask

Milk of Magnesia works wonders to keep your skin looking smooth, clear and youthful.  Simply apply a thin layer to your face, let dry and wash off.

Baby Powder = Shampoo

Baby powder is a cheap and simple tool at removing grease and oil from hair.  Simply massage a small amount onto your roots and give it a quick blast from your blow dryer.  This allows the powder to absorb oils leaving your hair looking clean and oil free.

Cucumber Juice & Baby Oil = Makeup Remover

Add a couple drops of cucumber juice and baby oil together to create your own makeup remover that’s quick, easy and gentle.

Olive Oil & Baby Oil = Mascara Remover

Combine a couple drops of olive oil and baby oil to create your own mascara remover.

Potato Juice & Lemon Juice = Blemish and Dark Circle Reducer

Combine a couple drops of potato juice and lemon juice and apply to blemishes or dark circles.  This mixture will help to reduce both.

Tomato Juice = Pore Reducer

Applying tomato juice to skin and leaving it on for 10-15 minutes helps to reduce the appearance of large pores.

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner

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I’ve tried countless different conditioners while on the quest for silky, smooth and healthy hair.  Most of those conditioners that I have tried are higher end and more expensive because normally I feel like you get what you pay for.  I can honestly say that this is probably the cheapest conditioner I have ever bought yet it is by far one of my absolute favorites (if not my absolute favorite)!

This is a conditioning miracle for my hair at an extremely affordable price.  On average, an 8 oz. bottle of this is about $3.00 and a lot of times the grocery store will have 2 for $5.00 specials.  (You can’t beat those prices!)  It’s a nice creamy consistency with a pleasant and fresh scent.  You only need to leave the conditioner on your hair for 3 minutes (I usually leave it on longer though).

If you read any of my previous posts on conditioners that I’ve tried you know that I love a conditioner that actually detangles my hair in the shower, which this one does an amazing job of doing!  When I rinse this out, my hair is instantly left feeling super soft and silky and completely tangle free!  When I get out of the shower I don’t even have to spray in a detangling spray because I can brush through my hair effortlessly.  I notice after using this that my hair looks healthy, soft and shiny when it dries too.

I suggest this to anyone who needs a good moisturizing conditioner and to anyone who doesn’t want to shell out big bucks for a conditioner.  It is sold in most grocery stores, drug stores, Wal-Mart’s, etc.  (I love this too because when I travel rather than lugging a bunch of conditioner with I can just go pick up a bottle when I reach my destination since it is so affordable.)

 

Pros:

  • Affordable (REALLY affordable!)
  • Fresh scent
  • Moisturizes and deep conditions
  • Detangles
  • Leaves hair looking/feeling silky, shiny and healthy

Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray

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I’m not a big fan of washing my hair everyday but I hate when it starts to look like it needs to be washed.  I started hearing a lot about dry shampoos and figured I would give it a try.

I ordered this small 0.75 oz. can of Oscar Blandi dry shampoo for $5.00 from Sephora.  Since this would be my first time using this product I decided to go with the smallest and cheapest option in the event that it didn’t work out and I didn’t like it.

I’ve used this quite a few times now and have to say that I like it.  It’s easy to use and does a great job at concealing any oils or grease that are present in your hair.  It says that it is volumizing and I think it is to an extent.  You can expect a mild increase in volume but not significant.

I apply this to the roots of my hair, let it sit for a few minutes and then brush or comb through it.  It’s a great product for traveling or when your rushing out the door and don’t have time to wash your hair and need a quick fix.

Pros:

  • Conceals grease and oils
  • Great for when your are in a rush or traveling
  • Different size options

Cons:

  • Still doesn’t beat the feeling of clean washed hair

Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo

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This is probably one of the first products that I ever bought from Bumble and Bumble.  This one was suggested to me when I was on the hunt for a new shampoo.  I like a shampoo that isn’t harsh but still leaves my hair feeling very fresh and clean (who doesn’t want that feeling?).

This product is specifically designed to add shine to hair and is geared towards those with color treated hair in need of moisture.

I purchased this 8 oz. bottle for $24.00.  This was another one of those buys where I was really hoping for the amount of money I was spending that I liked the product.  I was told that this shampoo was “gentle” enough to be used on a daily basis with0ut wreaking havoc on hair.  I only wash my hair every other day so I figured even better!

I was concerned that because this shampoo is a gentle shampoo that it maybe wouldn’t give my hair a good deep clean like a clarifying shampoo or other line of shampoo would do.  I was pleasantly surprised though because it actually gave my hair a very good clean!

I really like that this product is lightweight and after washing my hair with it, it’s left feeling fresh and clean.  It has a creamy lathery consistency and I find that it doesn’t really have a prominent scent.  The scent that it does have is very mild yet pleasant.

Even with its gentle name, this shampoo gets the job done and I would feel safe washing my hair with it daily.

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Leaves hair feeling really clean and healthy
  • Moisturizes
  • Adds shine
  • A little goes a long way

Cons:

  • A little pricier

Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask

cccI am always all about finding really good products that condition my hair and leave it feeling and looking soft, smooth and healthy.  I was hesitant about purchasing this product only because of the price tag.  $29.00 for a tub of it that is 7 oz.  I figured it would be well worth it if it actually worked and would have been bummed if I spent $29.00 on a product that didn’t work.  So I decided to give it a try anyways.

When I first opened this tub, I was greeted by a very pleasant scent (this is always important for me when it comes to shampoos and conditioners).  The consistency was thick, as are most conditioning hair masks.  I applied it to my hair while I was showering and left it sit on there while I shaved so that it had a decent amount of time to absorb into my hair.

I can normally always tell if a conditioner works well for me when I rinse it out.  If my hair is left feeling smooth and not tangled while rinsing it out, I know I’ve found a winner!  Luckily for me, this product did just that when I rinsed it out!  My hair was left feeling silky smooth while it was still wet and didn’t feel like a tangled up mess.

Combing through my hair after I got out of the shower was also a breeze.  It did an excellent job at detangling my normally tangled hair (it always tangles in the shower)!  Any conditioner or conditioning treatment that  can detangle my hair is a winner in my book!  (And don’t ask me how I manage to tangle it either, it can be silky smooth before I get in the shower and by the time I am done washing it I have a real rat’s nest on my hands.)

I let my hair air dry (as I normally do) without adding other product to it to see the results.  I was quite pleased!  My hair looked and felt soft and silky smooth.  This is definitely a great product for damaged hair.  (Mine is color treated and always encounters the heat from either my straightener or curling iron).

 

Pros:

  • Moisturizing and conditioning
  • Softens hair
  • Leaves hair feeling soft, smooth and healthy
  • Great for damaged/dry hair
  • Smells delicious

Cons:

  • A little on the pricey side