You don’t always need a fancy product to fix your hair or nails. Some of the best solutions are already in your home.
1. Use coconut oil to create a conditioning hair mask before you wash it or to soften the look of split ends when it’s dry.
Pure coconut oil is rich in fatty acids and proteins, so you can expect your hair to look healthy, shiny, and hydrated. A little goes a long way, so whether you’re using coconut oil as a hair mask or to keep your ends healthy and split end-free, use it sparingly. If you use the oil as a mask, a good deep cleansing shampoo with an astringent like tea tree will help clear away any excess coconut oil, so your hair doesn’t feel filmy afterward. Try Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo.
2. If you get a surface burn on your skin from your curling iron, use plain yogurt to cool and soothe your skin.
Immediately after you’ve burned yourself, pat some plain yogurt over the scorched spot and leave it on for 10 minutes. Since yogurt contains a lot of probiotics, it will help restore the skin’s natural barrier.
3. Use apple cider vinegar as toner.
Since apple cider vinegar is a purifying agent and acts as an astringent, you can use it as a toner for your skin and, if you’re prone to breakouts, along your T-zone to prevent blemishes.
4. Wash your face with olive oil.
Like attracts like, so the olive oil you wash your face with will act as a magnet to the oil that’s on your skin and in your pores, drawing it out, and leaving you with a gorgeous glow and super clean skin.
5. Use cold green tea bags to decrease puffiness under your eyes.
The quickest way to de-puffing and tightening your under-eye skin is to apply a cold, caffeine-based product, like two cold green-tea bags, under your eyes for five or six minutes.
6. Use transparent tape as a guideline for the tail of your cat-eye.
If you don’t have a steady hand and wish they made stencils for cat-eyes, consider today your lucky day. Using a two-inch piece of transparent tape, such as Scotch tape, create a straight-as-an-arrow cat-eye by placing tape in line with the end of your brow. Then trace your upper lash line along the tape for perfect application.
7. If you have any fallout from applying glitter shadow, pick it up easily with transparent tape.
If you’ve ever applied glitter to your eyes, you know it’s a pain in the butt to fully remove any fallout from your face. To the rescue: transparent tape! This type of tape isn’t sticky enough to pull your skin, but it’s just sticky enough to lift glitter off your cheekbones.
8. Draw a warm bath and sprinkle in one or two cups of oatmeal to calm dry, itchy skin.
If your skin is really dry or if you get a sunburn and want to soothe the redness, take an oatmeal bath. Oats not only contain fats that act as lubricants, which moisturize dry skin, they are made up of complex sugars (polysaccharides), which leave a gelatinous film in bath water and on your skin, helping to deal with dryness and itchiness.
9. Lather your legs in conditioner if you run out of shaving cream.
The purpose of shaving cream is to give you a hydrating cushion between the razor and your skin. So if you ever run out of shaving cream and are in a pinch (or just want to save a few bucks), use your hair conditioner to lather up your legs pre-shave.
10. Make your own body scrub with body wash and raw brown sugar.
Brown sugar isn’t just good for baking. You can also use it as a body exfoliator. Just take your favorite body wash and pour some brown sugar into the bottle, and then scrub away. If it’s too harsh of an abrasive for you (you’ll be able to tell if it’s making your skin itch slightly), mix in some honey or coconut oil.
11. Tame flyaways with hand lotion.
We all have to deal with flyaways at one time or another, but an easy way to tame them is by putting a pea-size amount of hand lotion on your fingertips and gently raking them over your hair, brushing any unruly strands into place.
12. Moisturize with coconut oil.
An easy and organic way to hydrate your skin is by using coconut oil. Thanks to the fatty acids it contains, your skin will feel instantly smoother after you slather it on!
13. Apply Vaseline on your pulse points before spraying on your perfume to make the scent last longer.
Since the ointment is occlusive, it will hold the fragrance on your skin longer than if you were to spray the perfume just onto your skin.
14. Use whitening toothpaste to lift any yellow stains off your nails.
Use that clean, extra toothbrush you have stashed away and a whitening toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide to help remove the stains from too-dark nail polish from your nails.
15. After you’re done flatironing your hair, use the iron to knock any wrinkles out of your clothing.
If you don’t feel like plugging in your regular iron to straighten out a collar, sleeve, or hemline, use your flat iron. It will give you the same results! Just be careful, as you normally would with an iron, not to use it on certain fabrics that need to be steamed or dry-cleaned, like wool or silk, since irons can scorch them. And avoid using the flat iron on synthetics because they may melt. Stick to cotton fabrics and turn your flat iron on the lowest setting to be safe. Because the last thing you want to do is quickly iron your clothing with a flat iron and start a fire.