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A fresh manicure can make you feel like a fashionista and add a stylish twist to plain outfits, but trips to professional nail salons can hit your wallet hard. There are also so many more effective things you could be doing with the hours you spend getting to the salon and waiting to be seen. This quick, do-it-yourself manicure looks like it takes hours to achieve, but it’s simply a matter of grabbing an old newspaper and 10 minutes in your lunch break. To create the illusion of detailed writing on your nails, you will need a light-colored nail polish, clear nail polish, a newspaper, and clear alcohol.

DIY Manicure: Put on a Base Coat

Firstly, paint your nails with a light-coloured base coat. The newspaper lettering will pop against a white nail polish, but pale pink and yellow look great too. Make sure your base coat has completely dry before you move on to the next step. To speed up this process, you can dip your nails into a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds.

Dip Your Fingernails Into Alcohol

Pour a small amount of clear alcohol into a bowl. Almost any alcohol will work; rubbing alcohol and vodka are the best options. Then submerge your fingernails into the alcohol for a few seconds.

Press Newspaper Onto Your Nails

While your nails are still wet from the alcohol, press a strip of newspaper onto your nail. For this step you can either use a section from a full newspaper page or cut a page into strips large enough to cover an individual nail. Use different pieces of paper for each nail, as they can’t be reused. After you’ve been holding the paper onto your nail for 15 seconds, carefully peel it off and see the delicate lettering of your new manicure.

Cover With a Top Coat

To protect your manicure, you can cover it with a top coat of clear nail polish. This will help your nails stay fresher for a few extra days so you can flaunt this striking look for even longer.

This DIY manicure looks beautiful and on-trend, but takes much less time and money than a professional nail treatment. You can even choose specific words to press onto your nails and add a layer of personality to your look. Everyone will be asking where you get your nails done, but no one will believe it was as simple as this!

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These DIY Hair Masks Will Bring Your Summer Curls Back to Life

Ah, summer. After a long winter complaining about the snow and cold, it’s once again time to complain about the heat and sun. Like any extreme weather, the heat of summer can do a number on your skin and hair. Excess humidity and excess dryness can both damage the hair in their own ways, depending on your hair type; not to mention all that sun and sweat.

You don’t have to sit back and watch your hair turn into a tumbleweed, though. Here are two DIY hair masks options for the summertime — one for humid climates and one for dry climates. Your hair is going to be photo-ready in no time.

DIY Hair Mask for Humidity

Humidity usually means one thing for natural hair: frizz. A natural hair mask smoothes the cuticle of the hair and creates a natural sheen. Use this DIY mask before you proceed with your regular styling routine.

2 ripe bananas

1 tablespoon honey

1-2 teaspoons of almond oil as needed*

Blend the bananas in a blender until smooth. Then add the honey and almond oil, and blend into a puree. Apply to your hair, working from roots to ends. Apply a shower cap to minimize mess and maximize nourishment. Leave for 15 minutes. For extra benefits, add heat. Rinse and wash.

*If you don’t have almond oil on hand, substitute avocado, jojoba, or olive oil.

DIY Hair Mask for Dryness

Dry, hot climates leave your hair absolutely parched. Regular moisture is key, and the most important moisturizer for your hair will always be water. When you need a deep, penetrating dose of moisture, though, reach for this hair mask.

½ small ripe avocado

1 tablespoon coconut oil

½ cup fresh coconut milk

1 tablespoon raw honey

Blend half of a ripe avocado in a blender until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk, coconut oil, and raw honey. Apply to your hair, working from roots to ends and massaging into the scalp. Apply a shower cap to minimize mess. Leave for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse and wash.


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