massage http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/15154/all en-US 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-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-deep-conditioners">The 5 Best Deep Conditioners</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-dandruff-shampoos">The 5 Best Dandruff Shampoos</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/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</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/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-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-hairsprays">The 5 Best Hairsprays</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 Haircuts to Dentistry and More: Get Low-Cost Services From Students http://www.wisebread.com/haircuts-to-dentistry-and-more-get-low-cost-services-from-students <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/haircuts-to-dentistry-and-more-get-low-cost-services-from-students" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/barber_school.jpg" alt="Barber School" title="Barber School" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="131" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need your teeth cleaned. You need a haircut. You really want a massage to get rid of the tightness in your back and shoulders. You don&rsquo;t, however, have the scratch to make any of this happen. What you might not know is that a surprising number of services can be had on the cheap by getting them from students rather than accomplished masters of the trade. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-ways-to-whiten-your-teeth">The Best Ways to Whiten Your Teeth</a>)</p> <h3>Why You&nbsp;Can Trust Students</h3> <p>You might be a little reticent about getting a root canal from a student dentist. I&rsquo;d even understand if you were worried about getting a haircut from an apprentice barber. However, your fears are largely unfounded. The truth about students providing services?</p> <ul> <li>They&rsquo;ve already clocked enough hours of classroom learning and hands-on training to qualify for performing services for the public.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>They&rsquo;re carefully supervised by their teachers. This is especially true of professional hopefuls like student dentists. In this case, the students often have a DDS hovering over at all times calling the shots while they perform the manual labor.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Their careers are on the line. Even the smallest mistake at this point can completely ruin a student&rsquo;s future. They have a lot more at stake than a bad haircut or even, for that matter, a botched wisdom tooth extraction.</li> </ul> <h3>What Services Can You Get?</h3> <p>Just about every school teaching a trade has to have some way for students to learn their trade by doing the real thing. Examples of things you can get done by students include:</p> <ul> <li>Hair cutting and coloring</li> <li>Dental work</li> <li>Massages</li> <li>Auto repair and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/remove-car-dents-quickly-and-cheaply">auto body work</a></li> <li>Catering and meals</li> </ul> <p>Finding services in your area is generally not as simple as logging on to Google, however. Search terms for &ldquo;student services&rdquo; generally yield more results about what options there are for students than what options exist for you.</p> <h3>So How Do You Find Cheap Student Services?</h3> <p>The best way to find cheap services from students and trainees is to inquire at local colleges and trade schools. Give a call to the department head of the relevant discipline or just call the main desk and ask what services the school provides, if any. Then ask how you can become a guinea pig for students... actually, you might want to avoid the phrase &ldquo;guinea pig,&rdquo; but otherwise the process is the same. Often medical schools, hairdressing schools, and dentistry schools have price lists on their website for people coming in for students to train on. In other cases, you might need to do a bit of legwork.</p> <p>Alternately, you can try searching for the specific service you want, i.e. &ldquo;student barber&rdquo; or &ldquo;student dentist.&rdquo; If you live in a city of any size, chances are quite good that most of the services you currently pay top dollar for can be had significantly cheaper than what you&rsquo;re currently paying.</p> <h3>Is It Worth It?</h3> <p>Whether or not it&rsquo;s worth it depends a lot on what your definition of &ldquo;worth it&rdquo; is. If you&rsquo;ve desperately got to get dental work done, this is a no brainer. If you&rsquo;re the type of person who doesn&rsquo;t get too attached to her hairdresser and isn&rsquo;t that particular about her haircut, by all means start going to a student beautician. If you&rsquo;ve just got to get your car back on the road, give a call to the local trade school and see what you can work out.</p> <p>Remember that the services offered by students aren&rsquo;t always on the same level as the experienced pros. However, you might not be able to tell the difference. The best advice I can give you is try out some student services and see how they work for you. If you like what you&rsquo;re getting, keep saving money. If you don&rsquo;t, find other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/resources">ways to save money</a> in your budget.</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/haircuts-to-dentistry-and-more-get-low-cost-services-from-students">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-reasons-stealth-wealth-is-the-best-wealth">5 Reasons Stealth Wealth Is the Best Wealth</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/why-going-to-the-gym-is-a-waste-of-money-time-and-resources">Why Going to the Gym Is a Waste of Money, Time, and Resources</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/walk-walk-walk-walk-walk">Walk, walk, walk, walk, walk</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-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</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/8-legit-ways-to-use-the-gym-for-free">8 Legit Ways to Use the Gym for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle auto repairs dentist hair cuts massage Wed, 07 Dec 2011 11:24:15 +0000 Nicholas Pell 814675 at http://www.wisebread.com