Nine Things I've Learned in Nine Years of Beauty Blogging

A lot has happened since 2005. A Girl's Gotta Spa! began as a beauty blog intended to help other women, short on time, discover meaningful reviews and tips that they could incorporate into their daily lives. It was also a way for me to connect socially with women in Read more

Hydrating DIY Coconut Oil Foot Scrub

Feet are always in need of some restoration and hydration no matter the season. Whether you’ve had a long day at the office, you’re suffering from dry flip-flop feet, or you’re trying to break in a new pair of heels, there is nothing a DIY at-home foot scrub can’t Read more

GR8SKN Acne Spot Treatment

Teen skin issues are in full force in my house. Thankfully my sons have taken an interest in caring for their skin and always come to me with questions about how to clear up blemishes, moisturize and cleanse their skin, and for my oldest, asked my husband to show Read more

Lemon Ginger Lavender Spa Elixir

With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup! Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, Read more

NEOVA Copper Moisture Mask

Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it's said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care Read more

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How to Make Hair Color Last Longer



Why spend money coloring your hair if you’re only going to use products that fade your color instantly?

In my latest hair care video, I give 4 tips to extend the life of your hair color, along with my favorite sulfate-free shampoos, conditioners, dry shampoos and styling balm. These tips are applicable regardless of season, because I don’t know about you, but I color my hair all year long (gotta hide those greys!Read more

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Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo

Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo Review #haircare #beauty

I don’t know about you, but I learned a few years ago that the best thing you can do to create healthy hair and a healthy scalp is to NOT shampoo your hair everyday. But if you are like me, a person who constantly runs her fingers through her hair…you know that this makes your locks greasy – quick, fast and in a hurry. I rely on dry shampoo to revive my hair for 2 days of no washing. Everyone’s been talking about the Keratin craze, but I really don’t feel like wearing a gas mask to achieve that desired look. Then I was sent Suave’s new Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo and thought this would be my shot at something amazing.

I do love that this is an aerosol spray dry shampoo (vs. just powder) and that there is no white residue using it. The scent is great and it lives up to all things a dry shampoo should be.  It absorbs oil, creates volume and gives my hair the appearance that I washed it that day.

But there’s a but in there somewhere, right?   Read more

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