Some beauty treatments are just as great when you DIY at home as they are in a salon. Take a natural face mask or a mani-pedi, for example. Others, however, can be disasters. Sometimes just because you can, doesn’t mean you should; there are certain things that are best left to the professionals. It can be hard to know what you can and can’t get away with skimping on though, so we decided to put together this little list to help you out.
Beauty Treatments NOT to try at Home
Polishing your pearly whites
Pretty much everyone ever has wished for whiter teeth at some point in their life, but for all the DIY kits on offer these days, none of them can guarantee the safe and effective results that clinics can. Generally, at home jobs can, in the best-case scenario, provide lower quality results. However, for some unlucky people, DIY kits can do significant damage to teeth, so you’re better off seeing a professional who can ensure you get the best teeth whitening experience possible.
Undergoing a major color transformation or bleaching your hair
Home jobs seem to be the norm these days when coloring, or even bleaching hair, but what they don’t tell you on the packaging is that box dye is a recipe for disaster. If you just want to go a shade or two darker or touch up your tips, by all means, head to the pharmacy and do it yourself. But if you want to undergo a major color change, especially if it involves lightening or bleaching your hair, head down to your favorite salon.
Not only do box dyes hardly ever come out the same color as they claim, but most tend to have fairly nasty chemicals in them that can be avoided by visiting your stylist. And when it comes to bleaching, unless you want jelly hair (or worse, no hair), you should always seek professional help.
Anything that involves filling, plumping, or stabbing
It should go without saying that anything that needs to be injected should be administered by someone with some pretty serious training and accreditations. A simple mistake could leave you paralyzed in the affected area or permanently disfigured, so if it comes in a needle, please make sure you see someone who has the appropriate qualifications. While you may be able to achieve acceptable results on your own, it simply isn’t worth the risk.
For those who don’t know what derma-rolling is, it’s a treatment that involves running a roller covered in tiny needles over your face or other parts of your body. As noted in the previous point, needles are bad business in DIY situations. While you probably won’t paralyze yourself with an at-home version of this treatment, you can cause some nasty irritation that can lead to scarring. So, it’s best to stick to nothing harsher than an exfoliating face or body wash at home.
Leave the things on this list to the professionals and keep your DIY beauty projects simple. Home treatments don’t need to be fancy to be effective. And you certainly shouldn’t take risks with your body and health just to save a few bucks, especially when there are plenty of ways to safely pamper yourself at home. Why not make a natural face mask and giving yourself a nice mani-pedi with your favorite nail polish? Or splurge on that expensive lotion you’ve been coveting.