I have a weakness for spending money on grooming items. I love lotions, soaps, and beauty products. But I also love to save money, and the older I get, the more my frugality wins out over my grooming obsession.
Here are a few tips I’ve learned over the years on how to pinch a few pennies in the grooming department.
1. Learn to trim hair
I live in a house full of boys, and visiting the local barber shop costs $40 a trip. To save that extra cash, I purchased a nice pair of hair scissors from Sally Beauty Supply, along with a set of clippers. I asked a hairdresser friend for tips on what to buy and how to give a good home cut. For the boys, we stick to a basic, short, all-over buzz cut. This keeps them looking neat and groomed; and I can trim them every 3-4 weeks, without investing anything more than my time. There are videos on YouTube about how to cut boys’ hair to help you get started.
For trimming up my own hair, my hairdresser suggested I call ahead for a bang trim, instead of getting an all-over hair cut. It only costs a few bucks and makes my haircuts last longer. When I feel the urge to trim it myself, I turn upside down, put my hair in a ponytail on top of my head, then trim the ends slightly, straight across. I trim lightly, so if I make a mistake, there’s plenty of room for a stylist to correct my hair.
2. Get fresh with citrus
Teenage boys can get quite smelly. We’ve tried countless body washes and body sprays, and they just don’t seem to last beyond a few hours. To help keep teenagers smelling fresh, try giving them an exfoliating cream. Then, squeeze the juice of a lime into the bath water and let them soak for 20 minutes. The citrus juice acts as a natural deodorizer and sticks around longer than smelly soaps. You can also rub half a lime directly on smelly feet or underarms for added freshness.
For example, you can clean up stains on fingernails and toenails by soaking them in cornstarch and water with a teaspoon of baking soda.
4. Reuse your razors
Now, this may not work for everyone, but I’ve found that I can recycle my husband’s razors. After a single use on his burly facial hair, his razors don’t provide a comfortable shave. However, my thinner leg hair seems to do just fine for a week or two with a recycled razor. Give it a try, and if you notice pulling or a rash, use a new razor instead.
5. Try a substitute
Instead of buying different shades of eyeliner, I mix powdered eyeshadow on a wet eyeliner brush to match or complement my chosen eyeshadow.
6. Remove nail polish with glue
To easily remove glitter nail polishes or dark color, paint fingernails with a thin layer of Elmer’s school glue before applying polish. Let the glue dry, then polish as usual. The polish will peel off or be easily removed with polish remover, instead of having to soak nails for minutes.
7. Mix and match your colors
Instead of throwing out old nail polishes, try mixing similar colors in one bottle and add a little clear coat to create a new shade.
8. Don’t throw out broken compacts or eyeshadows
Grind up any remaining chunks of powder so you have a fine, loose powder in the compact. Add one drop of rubbing alcohol to the powder and stir with toothpick. Continue adding one drop of alcohol at a time until the powder reaches a creamy consistency. Smooth the top, and allow to dry for two to four hours to create an intact powder compact!
David’s Note: My wife now cuts my hair, and the first experience can be lots of fun. What DIY grooming tips do you have to help save MoneyNing readers money?
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