My momma told me that no matter what you do to look good, always invest in your hair. If your hair looks good, half of your work is done. Years later, I couldn’t agree more. When we were younger, mom always gave our hair a hot oil massage every Sunday morning for a good long hour. It became a thing. A thing I’m incredibly thankful for today. Today, when I look at my silken hair, I’m reminded of all those Sunday mornings where we grumbled about getting our hair was getting massaged. Come to think of it, my mother’s teachings played a very important role in propelling me towards a career in beauty. I guess if I wasn’t as influenced by her I never would’ve enrolled at Marinello and I never would’ve had my own salon today.
This got me thinking, haven’t all our mommas shared pearls of wisdom about looking and feeling good. Here’s what some of my clients say their mothers taught them about beauty.
Marissa, 29: My mom always told me to moisturize my neck and face upwards to prevent wrinkles. I’ve been doing it for years and my skin has always been soft and supple.
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Lexi, 36: My mom insisted we always kept our fingernails short or long, perfectly manicured and clean. She said the worst thing you can have is chipped nail polish and nails. She said it was very unfeminine.
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Patricia, 26: When I was a teenager, my mother told me to always wear perfume before stepping out of the house. She said always smell your best. Smelling good made you feel beautiful. I always make it a point to smell great. No matter where I go.
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Janice, 42: I grew up in Chile. My mother would create a paste by mashing red grapes with 2 tablespoons of white flour. She’d apply it to her face for about 10 minutes before washing it off. It would instantly brighten up her face. I started making my own mask when I started working and it has worked like a charm!
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Olivia, 54: My mother sad that there’s nothing like a salt scrub to wash off dead skin and rid your body of toxins. My grandmother gave my mother this salt scrub recipe and my mother gave it to me. I gave to my daughter and when her daughter is old enough, she’ll give it to her as well. You make it by mixing ¼ cup sea salt with a pinch of seaweed powder, ½ a cup of olive or coconut oil with a few drops of lavender oil. Scrub it on to your skin right before a bath to exfoliate.
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Emilia, 36: My mom swore by the skin and hair benefits of Shea butter. Not only did she apply it to her hair, but she also rubbed it on her skin to make her skin soft and supple. I use Shea butter on my elbows, heels and lips every night. My skin is baby soft.
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Stephanie, 22: My mom always says that women don’t look after their nails enough. She taught me how to make my nails strong by rubbing a mixture of warm olive oil with a few drops of vitamin A into my nails once every week.
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Michelle, 44: My mom always kept everything natural. She swore by aloe vera and not only made us drink it every morning as soon as we woke up, but she also cut an aloe vera leaf from our backyard and made us massage the juice into our scalp right. You rinse it off with cool water and you have glossy, silky hair that’s just to die for.
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What your momma told you about beauty is probably the best advice you’ve ever gotten. After all, momma does know best.