Let's face it. We can spend a boat load of money on self care -- including nailcare, haircare, and skincare. Investing in our appearance can cost thousands of dollars a year, and can also bust our budgets. Here are three ways you can be kind to your budget and pamper yourself at the same time.
1. Extend Your Mani and Pedi
According to StyleSeat, the average cost of a standard mani pedi which includes filing, cuticle trim, and color is around $60. When you add designs, acrylics, and gel styles, you're into the hundreds.
To make your manicure last longer, consider a full gel set. The benefits are a glossier coat, sturdier nails, and no-chip polish. Gel-set nails will cost you $20 to $25 dollars more, but you'll be able to extend the time until your next visit by about two weeks and save some money until the next month.
2. Choose Hair Health Over Hairstyle
Some of the latest hair trends can cause damage and ultimately cost more to repair than maintaining a healthy hair regimen in the first place. Try not to blow your budget and ruin your hair by using quality products and consulting with a caring hair stylist.
Licensed cosmetologist Jay Lovelace of Lovelylaced Hair and Beauty in Owings Mills, Maryland believes in "healthy hair from start to finish." Her number one rule when it comes to hair care is having a healthy foundation, whether it's a treatment, trim, or taking a break from certain products and styles until the hair is repaired.
So, stop ruining your hair and budget and connect with a qualified cosmetologist like Jay. You can contact her at email@example.com or visit lovelylacedhair.com for a consultation.
3. Keep Skincare Simple
When great skin is not in our DNA, simple, daily, inexpensive skincare habits can save the day and some cash. Moisturizing and protecting your skin doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. A basic skincare routine consists of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing.
Natural products are typically less costly than commercially produced products and tend to be better for your skin in the long run. Cleansing is simply washing your face. A common natural skin cleanser is a bar of African black soap. A one-pound bar costs about $10 and will usually last for several months with daily use.
You can also cleanse your face with DIY mixtures consisting of items you probably already have at home, such as honey and Aloe Vera gel. You can find natural skincare recipes with videos of how to make and apply them online.
To maintain your million-dollar look on a budget, all you need to do is cut back on what you spend on nailcare, haircare, haircare, and skincare. In 20 or 30 years, your retirement fund and your mirror will thank you!
For more money-saving strategies, contact me at kathy@highergoalslearning to get started achieving your personal finance goals today.