Friday, April 18, 2014

28 Beauty Uses for Baking Soda

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! We love giving you all tips on how to improve your beauty routine with simple items around the house. We gathered this information from and thought that you all could put some of these to use! 
Hair Care
  • Squeaky clean hair: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your usual shampoo bottle to help remove buildup from conditioners, mousses, and sprays, and to improve manageability.
  • Dry shampoo: For oily hair. Sprinkle on your hair and comb through, then fluff with a blow dryer.
  • Chlorine remover: Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water to remove the dullness or discoloration caused by chlorinated pools.
  • Combs and brushes: Hair spray and oil buildup on combs and brushes can be removed by soaking them in a sink of warm water and adding 3 tablespoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons bleach.
Hand Care
  •  Remove fish, onion, or garlic odor from hands with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rub mixture in your hands, and rinse off.
Elbow Care
  •  Rub a baking-soda paste (water and baking soda) onto your elbows to smooth away and exfoliate rough skin.
Feet Care
  • Soak tired feet in a basin of warm water with 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • Add 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and soak feet for 10 minutes to relieve foot itch.
  • Smooth rough and hardened calluses and heels by massaging them with a paste of 3 parts baking soda per 1 part water.
Soothe Minor Mishaps 
  • For sunburn pain, saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart water. Apply to affected area.
  • Ease windburn or poison ivy irritation with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Do not use on broken skin. 
Relaxing Baths
  • Baking soda added to the bathwater has a softening effect on the skin. Add 1/2 cup to a full bath.
  • Make bubbling bath salts with 21/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Mix them together, and store in a covered container. Use 1/4 cup per bath.
Relieve Itchy Wintery Skin
  •  Take a bath with 1 cup baking soda and 11/4 cups baby oil in the water.
Sponge Bath
  •  Freshen up with a washcloth dipped in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water.
  •  Apply cornstarch to your underarms with a powder puff first, then apply the baking soda.
 Nail Care
  • Clean fingernails and toenails by scrubbing them with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda. This also softens cuticles.
Mouth Care
  • Toothpaste: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.
  • Sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth.
  • Refreshing mouthwash: To freshen breath, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, swish the solution through your teeth, and rinse.
Dentures and other dental appliances
  • Soak dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in warm water.
  • Use baking soda to soak athletic mouthguards, retainers, or other oral appliances.
  • Scrub dentures, mouthguards, and retainers with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in a baking-soda solution overnight.
Facial Care
  • Exfoliating: Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, and use as a gentle, exfoliating facial scrub after washing with soap and water. Rinse your face clean.
  • Mix baking soda with oatmeal in your blender; it makes a great facial scrub.
  • Shaving: Men with sensitive skin may find that a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water makes a great pre-shave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse.
  • For instant relief of razor burn, dab on a baking-soda solution.
As you've seen, baking soda is a valuable asset in your health and beauty routine. Keep some in your medicine cabinet.

Friday, April 11, 2014

5 Great Tips for Great Braids!

Thanks to Teen Vogue, we have stumbled across some really great tips for braids! If you are looking to spruce up your 'do, braids are an easy way to leave a big impression! All from One Direction stylist, Lou Teasdale. Try them out and let us know how it goes, Barbizon of Akron!

1. Powder is key. No, we're not talking makeup. Try a texturizing powder. Lou says. "It's like a dust! Just fill your hair with it all over to get a great, gritty texture. Then braid two low pigtails, mess them up, and pin them around your head in a messy milkmaid style!"

2. The fishtail only takes three steps. "Step one is to split your hair into two big sections straight down the middle. Step two is to take a thin strand from the outside of the right section, then cross it over to join with the
left. Then take a strand from the left and bring it across to join the right. Repeat until you reach the end. For step three, tie the braid off, then mess it up tons and tease it apart. Be rough with it!"

3. You might need a little extra. "If your hair is too fine to get the chunky braid you desire, add some weave to bulk it out! You can either tie or clip it in." Buying hair can be scary, but Lou simplifies the process: "All weaves come in packs in a variety of colors and textures. Depending on what you buy, you may need to cut it to length. It's easiest to buy hair with clips already sewn on!" Before you make the big purchase, remember: "Synthetic hair is cheaper, but you can't apply heat to it. It will melt!"

4. Add some color. "Using hair chalk is a cool, temporary way of adding color to the hair. You can use soft art pastels, or white to give a matte look," she says. Make your braids first, then color with your desired color spray. Then, twist it up into either a milkmaid style or a fun braided updo to make it look cohesive.

5. Just go to sleep. During our chat, Lou recommended loading up the hair with a salt spray until it was damp, making two braids, and then going to bed. "When you wake up, take the braids out and rake them through with your fingers," she says. "You'll be left with a really pretty, wavy texture!"

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 Ways to Stimulate Hair Growth

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Looking to grow your hair out in time for summer? We love long, wavy beach hair too! That's why we looked up some great ways to help stimulate hair growth.

Peppermint Oil- With a fresh aroma, this strongly concentrated oil must be diluted before applying to the scalp. It penetrates the scalp and stimulates the hair follicle, allowing for more oxygen production that gives your curls the green light to grow. Apply it directly to the scalp with a gentle massage and cover for 20 to 30 minutes.

Lavender Oil- This sweet smelling product has antibacterial properties that keep the scalp clean and the pores open. It helps to reduce issues that can prevent hair from growing like excessive dandruff. Use this fragrant herb as a rinse by boiling it in water and allowing it to cool. You can also use it as a deep conditioning treatment by infusing it with oil for three or four weeks before using.

Rosemary Oil- Hailed as one of the most effective oils in hair growth, rosemary oil is known for its scalp stimulating properties. It gets the blood circulating in your scalp, which also assists with thinning edges and balding spots. Try diluting this essential oil with jojoba oil and gently massaging it into your scalp.

Stinging Nettle- This herb does double duty. Allowing stinging nettle oil to sit in your hair overnight
can help combat hair loss and also give your curls a boost in the growth department. The nutrients help regenerate the hair and prevent the overproduction of DHT, a hormone that contributes to hair loss. You can purchase this herb in oil form and leave it on overnight or make a tea and use it as a rinse.

Onion Juice- The smell might be less than pleasant to some (or most) but this DIY treatment has been used for ages and for a good reason -- it works! Thanks to its high sulfur content, it is incredibly effective in stimulating and increasing your blood circulation. Blend or chop onions and then strain the juice. Apply to your hair for 15 min. and then wash thoroughly.