We all paint our nails at home and sometimes we color our hair, but every once in a while, it’s fun to have an all-out spa day. You could drop $500 at the spa, but budget-minded gals know how to create the perfect spa environment at home.
Invite a girlfriend or two to join you. Make sure you pick up a bottle of champagne and turn “Spa Radio” on Pandora to get your spa day off to a perfectly relaxing start.
Treatment 1: Hair Repair Masque
Mix one mashed banana, one egg, three tablespoons of honey, three tablespoons of milk and five tablespoons of olive oil together in a bowl. Apply the masque to dry hair, cover with a shower cap, and let it sit for 30 minutes. This mixture will add strength and gloss to your hair, especially perfect if it’s color treated or if you use a lot of heat styling.
Treatment 2: Prep Your Nails
While your hair masque is doing its work, take some time to prep your nails the way the pros do. Soak your hands and feet in warm, soapy water for 5-10 minutes to soften your skin and nail beds. Then, clip and file as necessary. (Don’t forget to gently clip stray cuticles!) Finish off by rubbing a little olive oil onto the tip of each finger and toe.
Treatment 3: Exfoliation
Mix 1/2 cup brown sugar, three tablespoons olive oil, and a few drops of water. Step into your shower without turning on the water and rub this body scrub all over in circular motions. When you’re done, remove your shower cap and rinse out the hair repair masque while you rinse away the scrub.
Treatment 4: Deep Conditioner
Now that you’ve fortified your hair with a masque, seal in the moisture with a deep conditioning treatment. Before you step out of the shower, wring your hair as dry as possible. Then lather your hair with your regular conditioner. Did you know that by leaving regular conditioner on your hair for an extended time, it will penetrate deeper? Put your shower cap back on and step out of the shower.
Treatment 5: Face Mask
Your shower cap will keep all of those pesky stray hairs out of the way, so this is a perfect time for a face mask! Mix two tablespoons honey, one teaspoon nutmeg, and one teaspoon cinnamon. Nutmeg and honey are anti-inflammatories, so they’ll soothe and calm your skin. Leave the mask on for 30 minutes, then hop back in the shower and rinse both your face and hair.
Treatment 6: Polish Your Nails
When you step out of the shower, slather your body with your favorite lotion (I love anything with deeply moisturizing shea butter). Since your nails have already been prepped, it’s time to finish off your spa day with some polish! If you have a friend over, you can paint each other’s nails. Otherwise, take your time, choose a spa-worthy color, and go to town. If you get polish on your skin, dip a small paint brush in nail polish remover to get rid of the excess without smudging your manicure.
Have you ever done an at-home spa day? Got any other good treatments to recommend? Tried any of the ones above? Share your experience in the comments!
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