5 Expensive Salon Beauty Treatments You Can Do at Home

facial masksLike many people, I'm trying to save money. My husband and I would like to buy a home, we've got a kid, eventually would like another -- seems like the right thing to do. But I'm not gonna lie: I like my beauty treatments. Once upon a time, I didn't think twice about dropping my hard-earned cash on an expensive wax, or a "defrizzing" treatment at the salon -- but now? Not so much. That willy-nilly spending doesn't fly in my home these days. And it shouldn't, because, like I said -- baby.

However, I still like my treatments. And I still want to do them. So I'm just going to have to move them to my bathroom instead of a salon. And that's okay. Sort of.

Here are 5 salon beauty treatments you can totally do at home. Yes, even you!


Keratin Treatment. I may be late to the party here, but I just found out about Keratin Earth, a formaldehyde-free, at-home alternative to salon straightening. It's gotten rave reviews, and at the time of writing this, it's only $19.99. Want. (Another awesome, short-term straightening system: Frizz Ease 3-Day Straight Semi-Permanent Styling Spray.)

Facials. I've gotta be honest with you here, in my book, nothing's as good as a real facial from a professional, but when you don't feel like forking over $120, you can do the next best thing: An at-home version. Start by steaming your face for about 10 minutes (put a few drops of essential oil in the water if you're feeling fancy). Next, cleanse skin as usual. (I'm a big fan of the Clarisonic brush -- thing's no joke.) Pat skin dry and apply a mask as directed -- a personal favorite of mine is Ren's F10 Smooth and Renew mask. To take off the mask, wet a washcloth with hot water and press on your skin, then slowly remove (kind of how they do at the spa). Finish with your favorite moisturizer. Put a slice of cucumber in a glass of water and pretend you're in a relaxation room.

Waxing. I don't trust myself to wax my own eyebrows, but I've given "other areas" a whirl. Not going to lie -- not fun times, but salon bikini waxes are expensive. The best one I've found is Nad's Brazilian and Bikini Kit. It isn't pain-free. It isn't un-messy. You will probably break out in a sweat. But it's $14.99 for a whole box, and it gets the job done.

Hair Dye. Full disclosure, I get highlights, and I'd never in a million years attempt to do them on my own, but if you have hair that's one color, you totally can get a "boxed" version. My sister constantly dyes her own, and she swears by L'Oreal Feria -- and I can vouch, it looks good.

Bang Trims. You definitely don't need to go to the salon to get a bang trim. In my opinion, bangs actually look better when they're a bit choppy. Do small sections at a time, as opposed to one giant cut; don't worry about being totally straight; cut "upwards" afterwards if you want to thin them out; and use professional scissors -- do NOT use your child's arts and crafts pair. That will not look cute. 

What salon treatments do you do at home?

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