…and 3 Things to Leave to a Professional!
When it comes to beauty on a budget, we are all about do-it-yourself tips and tricks and at-home remedies to try on your face, nails and hair. So which parts of your beauty routine should you DIY at home and which treatments should really be left up to a professional stylist? Manolo offers his advice on which beauty tricks to try at home and when to make an appointment at the salon.
DIY #1: When You Want to Split Up with Split Ends
Taking care of your own split ends can keep your hair looking sharp between visits, and can save you money. Get rid of split ends by twisting locks of hair and snipping the ones you see sticking out. Be sure to purchase hair shears online or at a local beauty supply store; normal scissors can gnaw through your hair and cause more damage. Finally, remember to apply conditioner to moisturize your hair every time you shampoo.
Call Your Stylist #1: When Your Hair Needs to be Trimmed or Cut
A DIY hair style is most certainly risky business. It takes practice, instruction, the right tools, sharp scissors and the right prep work on your hair. A professional stylist will have all the necessary equipment- scissors, shears, razors, hair clips, spray bottle, combs and brushes cleaned and ready to use. The salon also has quality shampoo, conditioner, blow dryer, curling and flat irons and styling products available.
DIY #2: When Your Eyebrows Need to Be Shaped and Tweezed
It is ok to if plucking and shaping your eyebrows is something that you do yourself instead of paying for a pro job. Here’s Manolo’s step-by-step instructions:
- 1. Invest in a good pair of tweezers with a slanted edge.
- 2. Cleanse your skin with a washcloth to naturally exfoliate the skin.
- 3. Situate yourself near a window or another place with good light and a good mirror.
- 4. Brush your brows upward, then use brow scissors to snip just the very ends of any long hairs and repeat brushing downward. Trimming the hair before tweezing will reveal the brow shape and remove the weight and bulk so that you can create an ideal shape.
- 5. The best brows have a slight arch. To find yours, take a long eyeshadow brush or pencil and hold it parallel to the outside edge of the colored part of your eye. Where the brush meets the brow is where the highest part of your brow should be. Tweeze the hairs underneath the arch.
- 6. Once you’re done plucking, you can apply aloe vera gel, which will calm the redness right away.
Call Your Stylist #2: When You Need Body Waxing
While body waxing is relatively safe, you can experience minor burns or irritation if you don’t do it right. Body hair waxing professionals know how to use the hair removal product and supplies the right way and make sure you don’t have a reaction to the wax beforehand. They have top-of-the-line hair removal product options on hand, appropriate lighting and attention to detail that will ensure no stray hairs get left behind.
DIY #3: When You Need To Give Your Locks a Lift
Thanks to the internet, beauty blogs and Pinterest, tricks and tips for hair care treatments you can make yourself abound, and Manolo says, “Go for it!”
A raw egg is great for all hair types. The yolk is rich in fats and proteins and is naturally moisturizing, while the white contains bacteria-eating enzymes and removes unwanted oils. Make ½ cup of egg mixture, apply to clean, damp hair, leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cool water and shampoo hair.
Call Your Stylist #3: When You Need to Have Your Hair Colored
Although it may be easy to be tempted by the low cost of DIY hair coloring kits, don’t buy the box! Most at home box colors show an unnatural metallic finish and are generic colors that are designed to go on anyone’s hair. This means that you are getting what the manufacturer has decided is a one-size-fits-all color solution, which usually includes stronger dyes and stronger developers, without taking into account whether it is the right thing for your hair.
A good consultation is essential to a good color service. There is a science to professional hair color, just as with any other professional service. Your hair stylist has been through years of training and experience in choosing the correct palettes. The color a professional creates for you will be much closer to what you had in mind than color from a box will be and it will be richer and more vibrant.