Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Beauty. Show all posts

Feb 5, 2014

How to Cut Long Hair...Even Your Own!

A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a mom who said she always cuts her daughter's hair - and her own hair. I was amazed. While I cut my husband's and son's hair, saving at least $600 each year, and while I trim my own bangs, I was too afraid to try giving we long-haired girls a hair cut.

Until this mom explained her simple method of doing it. A bonus: It creates a layered look, which is great for those of us who like a little extra fullness in our hair.

First, I tried my own hair. It worked! Then I cut my daughter's hair. We are both pleased with the result. Here's how we did it.

You'll Need:

A ponytail holder
A comb or brush
Sharp scissors
Spray bottle filled with water (optional, but recommended)
Step 2.
How to Cut Long Hair:

1. Damp hair is easiest to cut, so you can either wash your hair and let it partially dry, or spritz your hair with water to make it damp. I recommend the latter, since the cleaner your hair is the harder it can be to handle.

2. Brush your hair into a high ponytail. Think of it as a unicorn's horn;it should be high on the forehead. Secure with a ponytail holder.

3. Lean forward, so the ponytail hangs in front of your face. Comb the ponytail and cut off the desired amount of hair. Sharp scissors are a must here!

4. Brush or comb the ponytail again, and, if needed, straight the cut by taking small cuts.

5. Remove the ponytail holder and brush your hair.

Ta da!

Jan 2, 2013

Quick Tips: Opening Up Pierced Ears & Irritating Earrings

If you don't wear earrings every day, sometimes you'll try to put some on and find your pierced earring hole is shut, or so small it hurts to put on earrings. Fortunately, there's a simple solution to this problem:

Just dip a Q-Tip or cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub it over the front and back of your ear lobes. Your pierced holes will open right up, making it easy to get earrings on.

I also find that costume jewelry earrings irritate my ears, making them itchy and sometimes a little swollen. Here again, rubbing alcohol comes to the rescue:

Method 1 (preferred): Pour a little rubbing alcohol into the alcohol bottle's cap (or in a small bowl). Place the earrings in the cap, making sure the hooks or studs are completely submerged in the alcohol. Leave for a few seconds, then put the earrings on.

Method 2: Put the earrings on, then use a Q-Tip dipped in rubbing alcohol to swab the entire area (front and back) where your ears are pierced.

No more irritation!

Apr 18, 2012

Homemade Hair Detangler

If you have children with long hair, or you have thin or thick hair yourself, you probably buy hair detangler. I did, too, until I realized I was paying $5 for an 8 oz. bottle of water with a little hair conditioner added. Since then, I've made DIY detangler. Not only is it cheaper, it's so simple and quick to make.

If you do a Google search for homemade hair detangler, you'll find lots of varying recipes. Some have more hair conditioner than others; but being a frugal mom, I'm all about using the least amount of hair conditioner while still getting the job done well. I use 1 large squirt of hair condition for every 8 oz. of water.

Do you hear a cash register ringing? You should, because that means my homemade hair detangler cost under .10 cents a bottle to make!

You can use any squirt bottle you have on hand (wash it well first!), or purchase one from the Dollar Tree. If you have bottles of old hair detangler hanging around, you might use those, too, since they tend to have a finer mist spray than an ordinary sprayer. But, I confess, using our Dollar Tree sprayer works great!

Aug 12, 2011

Lavender May Affect Your Hormones

Do you - or your kids - enjoy lavender soap, bubble bath, shampoo, lotion, or similar products? Then you might be as surprised as I was to learn they could be unhealthy.

I'm in the process of working with a doctor to improve my daughter's sleep. The first things we are looking at are natural remedies - which is how lavender came up.

Some people find lavender oil (the liquid that comes from the lavender plant) relaxing and conducive to sleep - but the oil is also believed to cause breast development in boys, according to a study published in the the New England Journal of Medicine. (Tea tree oil is linked to the same problem.) Researchers believe lavender suppresses male hormones and acts like estrogen. When the boys in the study stopped used lavender products, their breast growth went away within a month or so, surprising many in the medical community.

I was unable to find much information about what lavender might do to women, although some newspapers have run stories claiming the herb doesn't affect female hormones. However, my child's physician clearly didn't like the idea of exposing my daughter to a lot of lavender. "A little," she said, "is fine. But don't lather her with lavender lotions and soaps."

Nov 7, 2009

Dollar Stetching Saturday: Hair Cuts

When my husband and I were first married, we were poor. Spending $25 on a haircut was a huge extravagance, so soon we were looking for other options. I'd never cut anyone's hair in my life, but it seemed our only real option was for me to learn to do so.

With this in mind, we bought a hair trimming kit for about the cost of one professional barber cut. I was intimidated, but after reading through the manual, it seemed quite do-able. And truly, it was! Even that first hair cut turned out great, and to this day, I cut my husband's and son's hair with that same kit. (It's lasted about seven years so far.) What a deal!

As for my hair, I stick to ultra simple styles my mom or a friend can easily trim with a blunt, straight cut. (We haven't cut my daughter's hair yet.) But even if you opt for more complex hair cuts for the women in the family, just doing the men's hair trimming at home saves a minimum of $300 a year!

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Oct 31, 2009

Dollar Stretching Saturday: Acne Treatment

I have adult acne, have visited several dermatologists, and have tried a wide variety of prescription and over the counter acne treatments - but none of them have worked as well as the following regime...which also happens to be frugal.

Quite by accident, I discovered that antibacterial soap (I like Dial bar soap), used regularly on the areas of my body where I tend to get acne, prevents almost all breakouts. Really. I even use it on my face, every other day.

On the rare occasion I do need spot acne treatment, I use Clean & Clear's Persa Gel, and continue to use antibacterial soap, too. Usually, I need only one or two treatments of the gel. When I don't want to wash my face with antibacterial soap (perhaps because I think it might be too drying), I use Mary Kay's Velocity facial cleaner. One container of this lasts me between four and six months.

Doctors rarely recommend antibacterial soap for the face - but only because it might be drying (which can cause more acne). However, those of us with persistent acne usually have oily skin, so as long as you pay attention to whether your skin is becoming too dry, antibacterial soap is a super cheap way to keep acne at bay.

Try it for yourself or your teen.

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