DIY Beauty: Inexpensive Alternatives

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You’re already beautiful, but sometimes you want to feel it too.

There are many inexpensive alternatives to keeping up with your hair and nails. For 2017, I’ll be doing my nails often and hope to keep up with other daily beauty routines.

Before I became a parent, I used to style my hair and keep up with my nails. It’s taken years for me to get back to caring for myself. My family always comes first, but I made a promise to myself recently that I will do my best to keep up with what makes me feel beautiful inside and out.

When I moved to South Florida, I lost a lot of connections. Not just professionally, but I also left behind my hairstylist, favorite nail salon and eyebrow place.

Starting over is scary. Trusting someone else to touch my hair, nails or eyebrows is terrifying. I shared more about my experience in a previous post.

The Price To Pay For Beauty

Since the move, I’ve learned to do my beauty regimen at home, not only out of fear but to help save time and money.

My kids spend the majority of their day with me and I wouldn’t want them to spend an hour or two at the salon when we could spend that time at a park, local beach or even a museum.

Here’s how I’ve been able to cut down on time and money by doing it on my own:
Nail salon:
Cost – $25+
Time – About an hour, depending on the wait

Hair salon:
Cost – $35+ (wash and dry), $65+ (dye, wash and dry)
Time – About two to two and a half hours

Eyebrow threading:
Cost – $10+
Time – 15 to 30 minutes

All this takes a minimum of three hours and 15 minutes at a beauty salon and costs $70+ without tip included. 

Nails At Home:
KISS set with design: $8/KISS set: 100 count, $10

Hair At Home:
About $5-10 worth of electricity spent
At-home box dye (Garnier Nutriesse, 93 Light Golden Blonde) $7 (two boxes for my hair length and thickness)

Eyebrow threading At Home:
$0, I used the same thread I’d use to sow a button/use a $8 tweezer from a drugstore.

At minimum I pay $27 on my at-home beauty regimen. 

One thing you’ll need to remember if you’re looking to do your own hair, nails, and eyebrows that it may not be as good as the way the professionals do it. I’ve had my share of mistakes.

I can easily cut costs here by not dying my hair or applying fake nails, but I enjoy doing both. The fake nails are to assist my real nails in growth. I have a nail-biting habit that comes and goes. I want to allow my real nails some time to grow before I go back to styling them again. I already own 30+ nail polish bottles and always want more!

If you’re not a fan or using nail polish on your nails, or don’t want to deal with having dry your nails, then I suggest using nail wraps. KISS has a couple available at your local drugstore. 


  1. Jenny

    January 5, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Saving money on these things is so necessary. I only get my nails and hair done on special occasions to save $$$ haha.

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 5, 2017 at 10:21 AM

      I don’t blame you. It really does add up every month.

  2. MegOhKay

    January 5, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    I’ve definitely neglected the “beauty” side of things now that I work at home. It’s time to change that. Thank you for giving me alternatives as I’m quite sure a two-year-old and a 7 month old are less than appreciated at the nail salon!

  3. Scott

    January 5, 2017 at 11:33 AM

    I have to show this to my wife. She spends so much at the salon…it would be great to save that money for something else!

  4. Kelsi A

    January 5, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    I am a big fan of at home manicures and press ons!! They always look so glam for events, and are way better on your nails. I think my local WalMart sells Kiss – will have to check out what they have in stock this season!

  5. Lynne

    January 5, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    What a fabulous list of ways to maintain ourselves but save yay ❤

  6. cvnxena

    January 5, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    I completely agree with you, unfortunately when we were strapped for cash it was my hair appointments that were the first to go. But after a couple of mistakes, I do it myself now and it saves me loads of money!

  7. Kim

    January 5, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    I always do my nails and eyebrows on mouth because they began to add up quickly if done at a salon!

  8. Amber

    January 5, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Nice! I always like inexpensive things. I do need to get my hair done. My greys are showing.

  9. 1stclassrvadventures

    January 5, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    I love this list! After we decided to become a full time RV family I haven’t paid to do my hair professionally (although I will admit I miss doing that! lol) and I have only done my nails professionally once for a cruise. I have saved a lot of money!!! Glad to see I am not the only one <3

  10. kaitbrough

    January 5, 2017 at 4:28 PM

    I need to be more brave to do these things myself at home. I am just a scaredy cat! What if I mess up and it looks terrible?!


  11. Internationalcaty

    January 5, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Saving money is the key and you found great ways to do it. By the way, I live in South Florida. Welcome

  12. nlampert

    January 5, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    I actually really enjoy doing my nails myself, it’s part of my relaxation time in the evening but I’ve never been brave enough to dye my own hair. I’m always scared I’ll mess it up or miss a big spot at the back!

  13. Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    January 5, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    I think eyebrow threading is something I’m willing to splurge on! I just don’t think I can shape my eyebrows in the same way the professionals can!

  14. alpluslex

    January 5, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    You have the most beautiful nails!

    <3 |

  15. Allan Jardin

    January 5, 2017 at 8:57 PM

    dang $27 compared to $70? thats your you do it. DIY at home inexpensive beauty is the way.

  16. Mihaela Echols

    January 5, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    I find if more fun doing these things at home and you are right these things do get expensive.

  17. Elizabeth O.

    January 5, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    Sometimes it’s easier to do things at home! They’re so much more affordable too. I learned all of those once I became independent and I definitely were able to use them more when I became a mom! I think it’s awesome to be able to just do things at home.

  18. Anne

    January 6, 2017 at 12:55 AM

    Wow! I never knew about these great and helpful tips. I love the colour and design of nails.
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Maryanne

    January 6, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    I do my own ironing at home since my hair is short… but the nails I like them to be done by somebody else! 🙂

  20. Marceline Dementori

    January 6, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    You don’t really have to spend too much on beauty treatments to get the look that you want. These are all great ideas! I color my own hair and paint my own nails! I’ve been doing it for years.

  21. morrisau80

    January 6, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Right there with you..since becoming a mother everyone and everything seems to be more of a top priority than sending extra on yourself. Great tips..I too box color at home and have for years. Though my kids are getting older and I do believe it’s time to start giving this ol mom a special treat once on

  22. Healthwealthbridge by Dr.Amrita Basu

    January 6, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    I have to actually do these at home because where I live now has no reliable beauty parlors.Great tips

  23. Healthy Cooking Mom

    January 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    I do my own nail wraps at home but go to the salon and have my hair and brows done for special occasions it costs way to much to be a regular thing!

  24. Our Family World

    January 6, 2017 at 4:40 PM

    Having inexpensive options always helps the average woman. Beauty always costs something but it shouldn’t really cost our time for the price.

  25. Ashlea

    January 6, 2017 at 5:27 PM

    I have been doing my hair at home since I was 10 well my mom has. I dye it different colors on the bottom and highlight the top. It definitely is a lot cheaper than going to a salon.

  26. Wren

    January 6, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    It is very important to take care of yourself! Great to go somewhere to get it done sometimes, but very expensive and takes a bit of time. I am glad you found alternatives to keep you feeling good about yourself! 🙂

  27. Sondra Barker

    January 6, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    I love a good salon, but doing it at home is definitely more cost effective! I’ve had some great results at home too!

  28. The Trophy WifeStyle

    January 7, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    I love kiss nails!!!!! I buy them at least once a month when I just don’t have time to get my nails done. They look pretty professional!

  29. Anna nuttall

    January 7, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    I love this list. Very helpful. The thing us women do to groom ourselves. xx

  30. Nikki

    January 7, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    I do my own eyebrows and my own nails! Dye, I have done. My colorist said that browns are fine to do on your own, but box blonde is a no-no.

    1. Fatima Torres

      January 8, 2017 at 8:49 PM

      That’s interesting. I know a couple of other moms who do their blonde hair dye at home.

  31. Kristen from The Road to Domestication

    January 8, 2017 at 10:44 PM

    I haven’t seen these! But it would be more cost-effective and quicker to use these instead of my nail salon…

  32. Wanderlust Vegans

    January 9, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    That is a good money saving idea. A lot of times people don’t even notice the difference.

  33. Sami | The Classic Brunette

    January 16, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    I love doing my own at home beauty regimens! But sometimes I really just need that hand massage that comes with the manicure, haha!


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