my top DIY beauty tricks

best DIY beauty tricks

Dry shampoo $12, teeth whitening strips $42, salon brand hair mask $28, body scrub $8, but instead of spending $90 on all these products you could whiten your teeth, moisturize your hair, soak up some oil in yesterdays blowout. Sound too good to be true? It's not!

Here are my favorite DIY tips to help you save money on everyday products:

1. Baby Powder as Dry Shampoo. Sounds crazy but it works. I sprinkle a bit onto my palms, rub together gently, and run my hands through my roots. Let sit for about five minutes and then comb through. Your roots may look a little white before brushing, never fear this is normal and will go away. I prefer powder formulas over aerosol, this allows you to apply only where needed.  The aerosol formula sprays haphazardly all over and you don't need any thing drying out your ends! Baby powder also leaves your hair with a fresh clean scent and costs about $1.oo.

2. DIY Teeth Whitening. Add a little baking soda to your toothpaste and water mixture on your toothbrush and brush away.  This may taste a little gross, okay REALLY gross, at first but oddly you get used to it.  The baking soda helps scrub away any pesky red wine or coffee stains and whiten teeth over time.  I generally do this for a week before an important event or once every three months.

3. Coconut Oil as a Hair Mask. Coconut oil has so many amazing uses but using it in my hair is my favorite.  It is a solid at room temperature so I fill a sink with warm water and let the tub of coconut oil sit in it for a few minutes.  Once it is melted I comb it throughout then lengths and end of my hair and sparingly throughout the roots.  Let sit for about 15 minutes. You need a good shampoo session in the shower to remove all the oil but your hair will feel amazingly silky and healthy afterwards.  Coconut oil can be found at any health or vitamin store such as GNC and costs about $7 for a tub that will last you a long time.

4. Sugar and Olive Oil Body Scrub. For a body scrub that exfoliates and moisturizes skin I use sugar and olive oil.  Mix oil and sugar in a small bowl to your desired consistency, I like a rough scrub so I use little oil. Take the mixture into the shower with you and scrub away, trust me your skin will feel as smooth as a baby's bottom when you get out and look radiant.

Some of the best beauty tricks are DIY and inexpensive, these are just a few of my favorites.  I'll be sure to post more soon! Happy DIY-ing!

-L