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.
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 national consumer expert Jenny Realo, an executive vice president of CareOne 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, Realo 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,” Realo said.