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When it comes to beauty, should you go the DIY route or should you seek out the help of a professional? The answer is not always cut and dried. This article will tell you about five beauty tasks that can be both performed at home and by a professional. It will also debate the pros and cons of each side, DIY or see a Professional?

1) Manicures and Pedicures

What girl does not love a mani/pedi? A day at the nail salon getting your nails and toes painted is a wonderful way to pamper yourself. Many women are virtually experts in doing their own manicures and pedicures. Whether or not you should do your own mani/pedi session at home largely depends upon your skill level. If you get compliments on your painted nails and toes, by all means continue down that path. If not, a mani/pedi at most salons will not exactly break the bank.

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2) Hair Removal

In the past few years, hair removal products such as wax strips and microwaveable wax have hit the market with a vengeance. Are these products worth your time and money? That largely depends on the individual product, your financial situation, and your level of loyalty to your local salon. If you are not exactly rolling in dough, do online research for reviews on different home wax kits. Pick the product that has the best reviews and that you feel comfortable using. Cross your painted fingers and toes. If you have a favorite salon and can afford a bikini wax now and then, it is probably easier to go that route.

3) Teeth Whitening

Should you whiten your teeth with a home whitening kit or should you go to a dentist? The main deciding factor is your finances. If you have a couple of hundred dollars, you can get your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist. If you either can’t afford a professional whitening or don’t want to spend the money, buy a reliable home teeth whitening kit. Many women have gotten great results from these home kits.

4) Skin Care

While we are not able to inject ourselves with Botox at home (yet), there are definitely ways you can pamper your skin at home. One way you can do this is by giving yourself spa-quality skin treatments like mud masks and scrubs. But will these home treatments give you the same results as your local spa? That depends on a lot of factors. The higher the quality of mud masks and skin scrubs you purchase, the higher the chances that they will yield results. More money does not always mean better results, but it does mean that more often than not. If you are really a thrifty chick, you can try to locate home skin remedies on the Internet. While giving yourself mayonnaise or toothpaste facial masks may not give you glowing skin, you never know what gem of a skin care tip you will find.

5) Hair Coloring

In your local pharmacy or grocery store, there is an entire aisle dedicated just to hair dye. The million-dollar hair dye industry may make it seem as if you will get fantastic results when you dye your own hair. Unless you are a hair care professional yourself, the results from a home hair dye job are often less than stellar. In order to have your hair color look its very best, you should seek out the help of a professional colorist at a local hair coloring salon. If you can’t afford to do so, you should still hold off on visiting the hair dye aisle; you can really do damage to your hair if you fail to follow the hair dye instructions to the letter.

DIY or professional? The answer depends upon your financial situation, skill and desire to perform different beauty tasks. In most circumstances, there is no right or wrong answer. Only your personal situation and preference should figure into your decision on whether or not to perform the tasks on this list.


Hey there, I’m Tiffany! I’m a work-at-home mom of two rambunctious children (Jasmine, 9 + Sean II, 5) and recently widowed at just 35 years old. I've remarried and currently live right outside of Baton Rouge in Denham Springs, Louisiana with two adoring cats and a dog. Let's connect on Twitter @fabulousmomblog.

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