Household Hints for A Beautiful You
Women around the world spend billions and billions of dollars each year on cosmetics, hair care products and other beauty supplies, and as new products and treatments for the various and sundry issues that women face are developed, the cost of looking beautiful increases. This is probably the most common complaint I hear as a cosmetologist.
However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to look good. There are dozens of beauty secrets that have been passed down from generation to generation, and most of them utilize items you already have in your home.
• Does your hair need deep conditioning? Try mayonnaise. Simply apply the mayo to freshly washed hair, comb it through and wrap the hair in plastic. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Mayonnaise contains vegetable oil which softens and conditions and egg which smoothes and strengthens the hair. Besure to use only real mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip® or other “salad dressing”. These products will leave a pungent smell in the hair.
• Believe it or not, a great leave-in conditioner for your hair is nothing other than laundry room fabric softener. It's very strong, so be sure to dilute it. Suggestions: combine 1 cup water with 1/4 cup fabric softener. It will smooth and detangle the hair.
• Do you have problems with oily hair and scalp? Use witch hazel when you don't have time to shampoo. Apply to the scalp and roots of the hair with a cotton ball then comb the hair to distribute evenly. It dries quickly and leaves the hair looking fresh and clean.
• Witch hazel is also an excellent “volume builder” for the hair. If your hair is fine and limp, try using witch hazel in the final rinse after shampooing the hair. Blowdry the hair using a vented brush to lift the hair at the scalp while drying. You’ll find yourself with fuller-looking hair that has more body and holds a style better.
• Having trouble with dandruff and flaking but don’t have dandruff shampoo on hand? Crush some aspirin (about 30) and add it to your favorite shampoo. It will help clear up the flakes.
• If you want to add body to your hair, try beer. Wash your hair as usual, then pour the beer onto the hair and massage it in. Leave it on for a few minutes then rinse it off. You’ll find that your hair has more body and will hold a style longer. Use a full-bodied beer for this purpose, not a light beer.
• If you want to warm up the color of your brown hair? Try this: boil the skin from a couple of ordinary brown onions in water. Allow to cool as use in the final rinse when you wash your hair. After a few uses you should see the hair color begin to warm up and look less mousy and dull.
• To make your hair shiny, add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to the final rinse when you wash your hair. The acid of the vinegar helps to contract the cuticle layer of the hair, leaving it looking shinier and healthier. It also helps to control oiliness.
• For rough dry skin (especially on hands, knees and elbows) combine equal parts vegetable oil and granulated sugar and mix into a paste. Use the paste on the rough areas and rub gently for about 5 minutes.
Rinse the mixture away and leave the areas if possible. If not possible to leave the residue on the skin, wash the areas with soap and water and apply immediately moisturizer.
• If you have a problem with puffy, swollen eyes, try saving your used tea bags in a re-sealable container in the refrigerator. Place a bag over each eye when needed to reduce the swelling and puffiness.