We’ve all had bad hair days, but expensive products are not the only solution to frizziness, flyaways or split ends. Vinegar can help bring dull hair back to life, said stylist expert Lashundra Easton, an Owner, Founder of Glam Doll Services who frequently offers tips for frugal beauty and style.
“Apple cider vinegar is a budget-friendly solution that adds shine to lackluster locks,” she said. After shampooing, rinse hair with a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Rinse and dry. Apple cider vinegar is great for conditioning cleaning hair. It helps with itchy scalp and acts like a cream rinse when used after shampoo. And, Shun said, “The smell should fade in less than 30 minutes.”
Another tip for healthy vibrant hair: Stimulate your scalp and send nutrients to hair follicles. Brush your hair before you hop into the shower, and once you’re in, massage your scalp while washing your hair. “An extra few seconds can go a long way to improving the health of your hair,” Shun said.
Apple cider vinegar $2 to $3
When it comes to looking your best, upkeep costs like makeup, hair care, skin care and spa treatments can cost a pretty penny. American women spend an average of $7 billion a year on cosmetics and services each year, according to a 2008 study by the YWCA. Luckily, the price of beauty can be trimmed when you replace salon treatments for do-it-yourself solutions that cost less than $10.
Household items are a great option for cost-effective skin care, said Lashundra Easton, a self-taught makeup artist and professional license cosmetologist who rose to fame with YouTube beauty tutorials.
“You can use honey with sugar and salt crystals for a great smelling home face mask. You can also make a yogurt face mask from fresh yogurt, which is great for the skin. Top it off with some cucumber sliced for each eye to soothe,” said Shun, who recently released her line of cosmetics.
Most people spend their money on anti-aging creams, but Shun said they’re not necessary. “As long as you keep up the daily moisturizing and wash make up off before bed properly, then you don’t need to splurge too much on expensive creams,” she said.
Avoid exposure to the sun to maintain healthy, young looking skin. Wear moisturizers and foundations with sun protection. They don’t have to be expensive to be good, but they do have to be safe to keep skin looking young, she said.
A final skin tip: Drink plenty of water. It keeps toxins at bay, leading to clearer looking skin, Shun said.
Honey face mask $5
Yogurt face mask and cucumber $3