Keep Your Style On

A salon visit can help you feel good and look great, but budgets and schedules keep us from visiting as often as we might like. Use these four simple ideas to stretch a salon visit, plus our mom-tested products for pampering.

Feb 06, 2013

Freshen Up Your Feet

Use a top coat and cuticle oil on toenails. Exfoliate daily to keep your heels and the bottoms of your feet smooth; try smoothing body polish (Aveda, $23) and mineral therapy body polish (St. Ives, $7).

“I like the smell of the smoothing body polish—it reminds me of a spa. The granules are so fine I first thought they wouldn’t be abrasive enough to really scrub my skin, but they left it feeling very smooth.”
—Leian W., Clifton, NJ

Fine-Tune Your Brows

 Tweeze once a week just after a shower when your skin and hair are the softest. Use an angled tweezers such as Slant Tweezer (Tweezerman, $20) for precision. Then apply Brow Styling Gel (Maybelline, $6) to set the shape and add a tint.

“The brow styling gel is really fantastic. As a mom of a 6-month-old, I don’t have much time to devote to upkeep. This gel keeps my brows in place just the way I want them.”
—Gabrielle B., Tarrytown, NY


Maintain Polished Nails

Wear gloves for housework, and use light colors—they chip less than dark ones. Try OPI Brightener (Sephora, $9) on bare nails or under a light shade for luster. Every other day, apply a clear top coat; Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat (Sally Hansen, $6) can double the life of your manicure.

“The top coat worked exactly as it said it would—my nails dried instantly.”
—Nancy G., Washington, DC


Keep Hair Looking Fresh

Consider opting for a color close to your natural one to make upkeep easier. Avoid washing every day, and use products made for color-treated hair—we like Pantene Pro-V Expressions and EverPure Moisture shampoos and conditioners (Pantene, $6 each; L’Oreal, $7 each).


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