Going to the salon for a full-body pampering is one of life’s little luxuries. You can come out feeling like a whole new person, but it can also mean that you’re left with lighter pockets. Thanks to many popular chain salons releasing their products for sale on the high street, and the onslaught of tutorials on the internet, it’s easier than ever to achieve the same salon results at home. However, there are some things that should be left to the pros.
Here we will outline the things that could be done at home–and those that should probably not.
The crowning glory. A quick style change can really switch up a person’s image. Shorter, longer, straighter, curlier, lighter, darker- all things are possible when it comes to creating a whole new vibe.
DO: Hair masks- you can buy decent hair masks at a reasonable cost even when you’re picking up bananas at the supermarket. Whilst you’re there, you could also grab the ingredients to make your own! Half a mashed banana, a tablespoon of oats a tablespoon of honey and melted coconut oil will naturally nourish your hair giving you sleek and shiny results.
DO NOT: BLEACH YOUR OWN HAIR. Even the best hairdresser in the world should enlist the help of a friend when it comes to lightening their hair. Home dye kits may be comparably cheaper than going to the salon, but they do not give the same results as letting a pro loose on your locks. Going solo on this task can result in patchy, orange hues and fried ends- spend the money: save on the embarrassment.
While we like to nurture the hair on our heads, many people choose to remove certain areas of body hair. If this is something you opt into:
DO: Prepare your skin for hair removal: exfoliate to get rid of dead skin, especially if you choose to shave as your method- getting rid of flakes means a decrease in the likelihood of clogging up the razor with dry, flaky skin- gross!
DO NOT: Wax yourself. Again, it is possible and doable (which way should you rip off the wax strip anyway?) but salons use the best quality wax which will minimise pain and discomfort. It also means that an extra pair of eyes can see which spots that are easily missed by the novice at-home waxer.
DO: Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise. A daily ritual that has many benefits to the skin. Do this properly, make sure to remove your makeup daily, and use a facial scrub a couple of times a week to keep your skin in tip-top shape.
DO NOT: Microdermabrasion. In spite of the availability of technologies that enable the average human to attempt at home, misuse of these items can result in permanent damage to the skin. Salon workers have extensive training to become specialised in this area- leave this one to them.
Looking and feeling like the goddess you are doesn’t have to cost the earth-but sometimes its best to treat yourself!