Pssssst....Beauty Wonkette shares some of the best beauty secrets she's heard of late...

Every now and then even Beauty Wonkettes make a concession to the Recession. Here are some great and uber CHEAP beauty secrets...

Want to perk up dry winter strands? Try Jet Rhys’s (of San Diego's Jet Rhy's Salon) recipe for a shine- and moisture-enhancing conditioner: “Put 1/4 cup mint and 1/4 cup rosemary into glass jar, and pour 1 cup apple-cider vinegar over the herbs. Seal the jar, leave it in the refrigerator for two weeks, strain it into a spray bottle, and then apply a few squirts post-shampoo.”

Booze may not cure a broken heart, but it can ease your hair woes. “Reach for the vodka to remove product buildup, and rinse your hair in a mixture of 1 part beer to 3 parts water to add shine and body,” Rhys suggests. Or for an alcohol-free option, pour Sprite into a spray bottle, and spritz it onto damp hair to create a sexy texture.

According to Rhys, standard condiments can solve hair quandaries. “Ketchup neutralizes green tints from chlorine exposure, while sea-salt scrubs are great for revitalizing the scalp.”

Bananas aren’t only a healthful snack; they’re full of vitamins and amino acids that soften strands and promote hair’s elasticity. To reap the benefits, Rhys recommends a homemade banana-mango hair mask “Mix 1 banana, 1/2 mango, 1 egg yolk, and 1 tbsp olive oil in a blender. Massage it through your hair, cover with a shower cap for 15 minutes, then rinse it out with warm water and shampoo.”

If you're in a pinch, you can enhance your natural hair color with certain types of tea, Rhys says. “Chamomile tea with lemon will bring out highlights in blondes, while brunettes should steep darker teas, like Earl Gray, with a few sprigs of rosemary. Just rinse your hair in the brew, leave it on for 20 minutes, rinse, and condition. Repeat the process daily until you achieve the desired effect.”

According to Rhys, a deep-conditioning treatment needn’t cost a fortune. “You can make your own hair mask at home by blending a tablespoon of honey or jojoba oil with a half cup of milk,” she explains. “Just massage it in, leave on for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.”


  1. All you need, my friend, is a box of baking soda and a jar of coconut oil. Seriously. Why waste perfectly good booze on the outside of your body, when baking soda combined with shampoo will remove any sort of buildup your hair might have? It also works to exfoliate, whiten your teeth, and take the owie out of ant bites and bee stings.

    And coconut oil (8 smackers for a pint at Whole Paycheck, less at the Indian grocery) can be used on hair as a deep-conditioner, skin as a cleanser and moisturizer, and feet for an overnight softening treatment.

    I live on coconut oil and baking soda and the occasional aspirin mask. I keep the beer, Scotch, vodka, and bananas for my belly, thanks.


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