Jan 042017
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. 

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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 awhile..lol.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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! 🙂

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