diy spa http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12183/all en-US How to Give Yourself a Manicure at Home http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-give-yourself-a-manicure-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-give-yourself-a-manicure-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2285570658_e10e4f69b9_z.jpg" alt="manicure" title="manicure" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Manicures (and pedicures, for that matter) are one of those &quot;little luxuries&quot; that many of us skimp on for a variety of reasons. Some people simply don't have the time, some people don't like to spend the money &mdash; me, I personally don't enjoy having strangers fondle my feet for 45 minutes.</p> <p>Fortunately, mani-pedis can be easily accomplished at home, so there's no reason to go without a professionally polished set of fingers &mdash; here's how to save money and time with a little DIY. (See Also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-budget-beauty-products-you-can-make-at-home">10 Budget Beauty Products You&nbsp;Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <h3>What You'll Need</h3> <p>At a bare minimum, you will need the following items:</p> <ul> <li>Nail clippers</li> <li>Nail file</li> <li>Cuticle trimmers</li> <li>Nail brush (for cleaning)</li> <li>Nail buffer or polish</li> <li>Moisturizing lotion</li> </ul> <p>Any additional items, like stickers or adhesive crystals, are encouraged (but not covered in this guide).</p> <h3>Step 1: Clean Your Nails</h3> <p>The first and most obvious step for getting great-looking nails is to clean them. This means removing old polish with nail polish remover and cleaning behind your nails with a nail brush and soap.</p> <h3>Step 2: Treat Your Cuticles</h3> <p>Other than getting an even coat of paint on your nails, one of the trickiest parts of performing a professional manicure is working with your cuticles. If you are prone to hangnails, you can minimize cuticle problems by carrying a good pair of cuticle trimmers (I like the ones by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Tweezerman-Rockhard-Stainless-Cuticle-3196-R/dp/B000OIDCVM">Tweezerman</a>) with you at all times. I keep a pair in my desk at work, because I get hangnails every five seconds or so. As soon as one appears, I nip it in the bud.</p> <p>Never tug at or bite your hangnails &mdash; that's a great way to rip your skin and cause an infection.</p> <p>If your cuticles are in bad shape, you can use a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Sally-Hansen-Instant-Cuticle-Remover/dp/B0046MK34G">cuticle dissolver</a> to help soften dead and damaged skin for removal. If you have more time (like, overnight), a gentle product like <a href="http://www.burtsbees.com/natural-products/body-hands-feet/lemon-butter-cuticle-cream.html">Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream</a> will help you scrape away dead cuticles in the morning &mdash; no trimming required.</p> <h3>Step 3: Shape Your Nails</h3> <p>There are lots of people who believe that nails should only ever be filed, never clipped. Whatever. You can use whatever tools you like to keep your nails at their optimal length. And don't think that taking care of your nails means that you have to grow them to extreme lengths &mdash; short nails look fine and can be easier to manage, especially if you have an active lifestyle.</p> <h3>Step 4: Scrub Your Skin Smooth</h3> <p>This is an optional step, depending on what shape your hands are in. A cheap <a href="http://www.tipjunkie.com/sugar-scrub/">homemade scrub</a> can be pulled together using a teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of olive oil. Soak your hands for five minutes in warm water, then smooth the skin with a pumice stone or some scrub. Rinse well and dry.</p> <p>If you have seriously dry hands, consider a pair of <a href="http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P213223&amp;categoryId=B70">spa gel gloves</a> for an overnight treatment.</p> <h3>Step 5: Buff or Polish</h3> <p>There's no rule that says that you have to wear <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-alternative-uses-for-nail-polish">nail polish</a>, although colors are so varied and fun that it can be hard to resist. Regardless of whether you choose to use colored nail polish or not, you should start with a base of clear polish. It gives you a smoother surface to work with, and keeps highly pigmented polishes from staining your nails.</p> <p><strong>First Coat: Clear Polish</strong></p> <p>Clear nail polish comes in a variety of formulas now &mdash; you can get polish that moisturizes your nails, helps your nails grow longer, thickens your nails, and more. Clear polish is a smart, simple way to give nails a classy appearance, and it's easier than working with colored polish (because if you paint it on a little crooked, no one will notice).</p> <p><strong>Second Coat: Colored Polish</strong></p> <p>Nail polish comes in such a variety of colors these days that it can be easy to amass a giant collection of hues. However, the frugally minded will pick five or six colors that are fun, but also flattering. Your skin tone may clash with many standard colors (I can't wear red nail polish, myself), so try to figure out your best colors before buying.</p> <p><a href="http://www.opi.com/">O.P.I.</a> nail polish is widely available and has a giant color selection. If you prefer your polishes with a little less in the way of toxic chemicals, many women swear by <a href="http://www.butterlondon.com/">Butter London polishes</a> (although they aren't cheap, at about $14 a pop). If you want something that dries a bit faster, look into <a href="http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod1950037">Sally Hansen Insta-Dri nail polish</a>. Easily found at most drug stores, they have a decent color selection, and because the polish is so thick, sometimes one coat will be enough. It doesn't REALLY dry instantly, of course, but it dries much faster than conventional polish.</p> <p><strong>Painting Technique</strong></p> <p>The art of painting your nails without slopping polish all over your hands is a delicate one. Here's a tutorial to help you learn how (skip to 1:20 to get to the good part).</p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3Mn24LFrLVg"></iframe></p> <p><a href="http://youtu.be/3Mn24LFrLVg">Watch video</a></p> <p><strong>Top Coat: More Clear Polish</strong></p> <p>If you want to keep your color from chipping, you'll need a good clear top coat. The top coat is the key to a lasting manicure, and it's the thing that nobody seems to make time for (I know; I'm lazy, so I rarely put one on). But it will make the difference between a manicure that looks good for a week, and a manicure that looks good for a day.</p> <p><strong>Alternative to Polish &mdash;<strong> Buffing</strong></strong></p> <p>Buffing is a cheap, natural way to add shine to your nails. Basically, you begin by using a fine-grained file to smooth out the ridges on your nail &mdash; rather like sanding a rough board. Buffing boards come with four different textures &mdash; starting with the roughest, you sand the entire surface of your nail, and then repeat using the slightly smoother board surface. By the time you are done, you will have shiny, pretty nails, but beware &mdash; buffing is, in fact, removing part of the surface of your nails. Buff too often, and you can actually buff right through your nail. So buff infrequently, and with great care.</p> <h3>Step 6: Moisturize Your Skin</h3> <p>Many nail salons have a tendency to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-lotion-recipes">moisturize</a> your skin mid-mani. That's well and good, but I find it easier to wield the nail polish brush if my hands aren't slippery.</p> <p>One of the best ways to ensure a flawless manicure is to do it at night, before bed. Once your nails are reasonably dry, you can moisturize your hands with some high quality lotion, and fall asleep with your hands in a highly awkward position (lying flat atop your covers). By the time you start tossing and turning, your nails should be fairly dry.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-give-yourself-a-manicure-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-hacks-for-the-perfect-at-home-mani-pedi">16 Hacks for the Perfect At-Home Mani-Pedi</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-products-that-rock-my-world">Three Products That Rock My World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-lotion-recipes">Homemade Lotion Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Health and Beauty diy spa manicure nail polish Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:24:08 +0000 Andrea Karim 915104 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/spa.jpg" alt="Woman receiving a spa treatment" title="Woman receiving a spa treatment" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the worst things about tightening your budget is giving up the little things. Spa treatments are definitely little things with a cost that adds up quickly. Fortunately, you can give yourself a number of spa treatments from the comfort of your home at a fraction of the price. While it&rsquo;s not the same as having someone wait on you hand and foot, these at-home treatments can keep you looking and feeling your best in tough times. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/spa-bathrooms-on-the-cheap">Spa Bathrooms on the Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>1. Manicures</h2> <p>Manicures are easy to do yourself. What&rsquo;s more, they provide you with a meditative experience. Get that old nail polish off, and trim your nails to just a bit longer than your preferred length. Then file them into the shape you would like. Soak your hands in warm water for ten minutes before applying a cuticle oil and pushing your cuticles back. Exfoliate your hands, apply a little moisturizer, and get ready to put on polish. Your hands will be looking great at a fraction of the cost.</p> <h2>2. Deep Conditioning</h2> <p>You can give yourself a deep conditioning at home with natural ingredients. To <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">make your own deep conditioner</a>, you&rsquo;ll need a jar of natural mayonnaise and half an avocado. Mash the avocado into the mayonnaise, and work it into your hair. Then cover the hair with a shower cap and a warm, wet towel. Read a book or magazine for 20 minutes, then rinse your hair out.</p> <h2>3. Massage</h2> <p>No, you don&rsquo;t have to press your significant other into service for this one. You can give yourself a massage that will have you feeling soothed and relaxed. Start at the base of your head with your left hand massaging your right side. Work your way down, then switch. Use your fingers to get the small areas of your spine. You can also easily massage your hands and feet. While nothing beats a good shiatsu, this will do the trick in a pinch.</p> <h2>4. Aromatherapy</h2> <p>Have a good soak in the tub with homemade aromatherapy treatments. The base of all aromatherapy bath salts is one part sea salt, two parts baking soda, and one part Epsom salts. Mix it all up, and add a few drops at a time of your favorite essential oil scents. Scents like vanilla and chamomile are popular for relaxing in the tub. Sit and soak in the tub for as long as you need to and get the aromatherapy spa experience at home.</p> <h2>5. Waxing</h2> <p>While it&rsquo;s not generally a good idea to wax your more delicate bits at home, you can wax your eyebrows, legs, and arms without great difficulty. Roller waxes are perfect for the novice who doesn&rsquo;t want to get wax all over their bathroom. Shower before you wax, and pick a wax with moisturizer in it if you have sensitive skin.</p> <h2>6. Steam Facials</h2> <p>Steam facials are very easy to give yourself at home. Boil water and let it sit for a bit before steeping herbs in the water. Good herbs for a steam facial include peppermint, green tea, and lavender. You need the water to be hot enough to provide five minutes of steam. Once the herbs have steeped for a few minutes, put your face and the water underneath a towel. This keeps the steam in, opening your pores up for deep cleaning. Always wash your face and remove all makeup before giving yourself any kind of facial treatment.</p> <h2>7. Natural Facial Masks</h2> <p>After you&rsquo;ve spent five minutes in your steam tent, you can apply a natural facial mask you make at home. Mix some milk and honey together in a bowl. The resulting mixture should be both creamy and sticky. Make sure to keep your hair back away from the face, then apply the mixture. Lay down on your bed, throw some cucumber slices over your eyes, and relax for 15 minutes. When you&rsquo;re done, rinse first with warm water, then with cold. Dab your face dry (don&rsquo;t wipe!) and apply your favorite moisturizer.</p> <h2>8. Exfoliating</h2> <p>You can make your own exfoliating scrubs at home that work for the whole body. Put table salt into a container, then fill the container with olive oil just past the line formed by the salt. Mix it up and apply it to every part of your body you want to exfoliate. Rub it in good, then rinse to remove.</p> <h2>9. Dying Your Hair</h2> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re looking to cover up grey or just give yourself a bold new look, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dye-your-own-hair-without-a-beauty-disaster">dying your hair at home</a> is simple and easy. You can get quality hair dyes from any drug store for a reasonable price. Cover your hair with a shower cap after you have saturated it with the dye. Also, be very careful &mdash; hair dye stains easily, so don&rsquo;t wear anything that&rsquo;s too important to you while you&rsquo;re coloring your hair.</p> <h2>10. Pedicures</h2> <p>The steps to a home pedicure are much the same as a manicure. Soak your feet before shaping your nails. Throw some exfoliant on your feet to remove layers of dead skin. Now you&rsquo;re ready to apply your favorite color to your toes.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nicholas-pell">Nicholas Pell</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">I&#039;d Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hydrating-shampoos">The 5 Best Hydrating Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-leave-in-conditioners">The 5 Best Leave-In Conditioners</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty diy spa facial masks hair care massage Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:48:20 +0000 Nicholas Pell 839736 at http://www.wisebread.com