Although I want to say I’m crafty, DIY (or do-it-yourself) projects have never been my thing. Like Erica from PS. I Made This says “I see it. I like it. I make it.” Well my motto has always been, “I see it. I like it. I buy it.” Until now…
I’ve always been intrigued by at-home beauty treatments, using things you can find in your kitchen. I tried 3 different concoctions and I wanted to share my experience with you at my first attempt to DIY. Here it goes…
AVOCADO HAIR MASK
Using the ingredients seen above (honey, olive oil and avocado), I attempted an all natural hair mask. One thing I learned from this experience: avocado does not dissolve very well in the shower.
BENEFITS: Soft, shiny and healthy looking hair. I’ve also read that avocados can help promote hair growth (although after one use my length has pretty much stayed the same).
FAILS: Less than 1/4 of an avocado will do (I learned this the hard way) and use on dry hair before you get in the shower (I did it while wet after my shampoo, which I feel like I wasn’t supposed to do).
OVERALL: I had to wash my hair again the next morning after doing this because it made my roots too greasy. I either should have just put it on my ends or applied before I got in the shower. BUT once I washed my hair again the next day my hair felt incredible.
OLIVE OIL SCALP TREATMENT
Although I love wearing hats, covering up a dry scalp isn’t doing me any good. I applied a small amount of olive oil to my roots and massaged throughout my scalp. After 5 minutes with a normal shampoo/conditioner to follow, here’s what happened.
BENEFITS: A dandruff-free scalp with insanely soft hair (especially at the roots).
FAILS: Surprisingly, none. Could potentially backfire if you use too much olive oil or have naturally oily hair.
OVERALL: If you live in a cold, dry climate and you just can’t seem to retain any moisture…I highly recommend this.
So I’ve read that pumpkin, thyme, honey and egg whites are good for you but I never actually saw the 4 ingredients used together. So I thought I’d give them a try with a face mask.
BENEFITS: After only trying this once, my skin looked brighter and felt smoother. Egg whites tighten the skin, honey has quite the variety of benefits (antiseptic, antioxidant, and helps retain moisture…just to name a few), pumpkin is great for anti-aging with all of the alpha hydroxy acids as well as Vitamins A and C, and after reading this article on Refinery29 I learned thyme kills bacteria and helps prevent breakouts.
FAILS: You really only need about a tablespoon of canned pumpkin puree (I used 2 and it was way too much). So really my only fail is that I felt wasteful. Could be worse.
OVERALL: I did see results right away but this seems like something you’d have to keep up with 1-2 times per week in order to see longer lasting results. Plus, I had an excuse to bake with pumpkin afterwards. I wasn’t going to let the rest of that can go to waste!
Have you tried any at-home beauty recipes? How did they work out for you?