This post was updated May 9, 2020.
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 that don’t require going to the salon.
Since I stopped going to the hair salon in September 2013, I’ve been caring for my locks at home.
From dying hair to applying treatments at home, there’s nothing you can’t learn on YouTube these days. Most of the DIY beauty hacks I’ve picked up over the years have come from influencers.
The Importance Of A Self Care Routine
Whether you’re looking for ways to care for your skin or simply learning how to tame your curls, you’ll need to be patient with yourself.
Self care doesn’t happen overnight, and it goes beyond caring for your hair, skin, and nails. You can read about self care essentials here.
Prior to having kids, I went to the salon weekly. It was where I learned the necessary techniques to straighten my curls. After having our firstborn, I maintained a weekly self care routine. It wasn’t until I added working from home and multiple children on my list that my self care went out the window.
My skin suffered, my hair was always in a bun and I viewed myself differently.
I didn’t care about the mess I looked like. Honestly, it wasn’t the physical aspect of not having a self care routine that hurt me. It was not making time for myself and battling with postpartum depression multiple times in less than five years.
While dealing with depression I noticed I felt my best when I’d get dressed first thing in the morning.
Armed with a shower and a cute outfit, I felt I could take on the world. Learning DIY beauty hacks gave me back time for myself and a boost in confidence.
Why Self Care Isn’t Selfish
Having a self care routine meant I was controlling how I felt about myself and it helped me improve the relationships in my life. That’s something I’ll discuss further in future post.
My family always comes first, and that includes me too. I recently made a promise to myself that I’d do my best to keep up with what makes me feel beautiful — inside and out.
Following a daily self care routine can help improve your hair, skin and nails.
The Price You Pay For Beauty
Aside from learning DIY beauty hacks on YouTube, I’ve been able to rebuild my confidence. Not only am I taking care of myself, I’m also helping myself emotionally.
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:
Cost – $25+/bi-weekly
Time – 1 to 2 hours (depends on the wait)
Cost – $35+ (wash and dry/ weekly), $65+ (dye, wash and dry/monthly)
Time – About 2 to 2.5 hours
Cost – $10+
Time – 15 to 30 minutes
All this takes a minimum of 3 hours and 15 minutes at a nail and beauty salon.
That’s less than $20 for nails that I can wear for months.
Hair At Home:
At-home box dye (Garnier Nutriesse, 93 Light Golden Blonde and Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Hair Color Creme, 80 Medium Natural Blonde) $7 each
Eyebrow threading At Home:
$0, I used the same thread I’d use to sow a button and use a Revlon tweezer ($10) for touchups.
At minimum I pay about $45 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 perfect 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.
Daily Self Care Checklist For Busy Moms
Now that you’re familiar with my DIY beauty hacks, it’s important that you understand the value of making time for them.
On my planner, I note my weekly goals and they include a self care routine as well. From daily facial cleansing to taking my vitamins, it’s important for me to throw those on my list.
Just as I want to hit my goals for the week, it helps to add self care as well. This way, I’m not wearing myself thin as I care for my family and work on projects throughout the week.
Cleaning the house helps me focus throughout the day and it means one less thing for me to do. The more you cross off your list, the more time you have for yourself later on.
The kids are older now and help with organizing the house. Not only with their room, but other common areas as well.
Since we’ve started a daily cleaning routine, the kids have been more helpful. It’s amazing how much they learn by example.
Aside from taking five minutes to decompress every day, it’s important to think of other ways you can lighten the load.
For me, the new week begins on Sunday. Those are my planning days. From meal planning to organizing daily tasks, it’s important to not only think ahead, but plan it.
Focusing on myself during the week helps me be a better spouse, parent, and friend. I’m a happier person when I’ve dedicated time to doing things I love. Below is my daily self care checklist. It reminds me of essentials I need to tackle throughout the day to keep me going.
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