Is your shower a graveyard for bottles and potions that promised you the thickest, shiniest, moistest frizz-free hair that would put a Disney Princess to shame? I’ll admit mine was. On Saturdays, the entire bathroom counter would be full with all the bottles that I had to yard out of the tub so I could clean it.
I decided to simplify.
Here are the four hair hacks I used to get great hair at a fraction of the price and a an even smaller fraction of the space.
- Deep conditioning: let’s face it, most of us buy endless numbers of deep conditioning masks and treatments (helpfully suggested by our concerned hairdressers.) We maybe use them once . . . Then gradually they are relegated to the back of the cupboard because really, who has time? So we splurge on the deep-conditioning treatment at the salon and regret our lack of organization.If you work out at home, I have an amazing solution for you: Friday mornings I saturate my hair in my deep-conditioner, throw on a shower cap, and then do a standing workout so that your head doesn’t mess up your exercise mat. (Here is one you’ll feel the next day!) The heat from my exercise opens the pores of my hair and I get a hot oil treatment without wasting even a minute! I’m all set for the weekend with my glossy, shiny hair.
If you have deep conditioning treatments already, use them. But if not, mayonnaise is a miracle for getting shiny, moist hair. Mix it with avocado if you have any hanging around for extra hair nourishment. Be sure to give it a good rinse or you’ll smell like a hamburgerburger . . .
- Clarifying: As we age, our hair tends to lose its gloss and as we pile on more and more product to try to restore healthy shine and bounce, hair can get weighted down and duller and duller. You could buy an expensive clarifiying shampoo, or go for a clarifying treatment at your salon, or . . . You could skip the conditioner and instead make a rinse of 1 part distilled water to 1 part apple cider vinegar. Mix it in a cup and pour it over your head. It will strip away build-up and leave your hair shiny and baby-soft.
- Glossing: I have tried all manner of glossing products, from the cheapest drug store brand to the most expensive salon brand. You know what? There are two secrets to glossy hair, and they are:
a. Get enough B-vitamins, especially biotin
b. Finish your shower with a blast of cold water to seal your hair’s pores so it naturally reflects light better. Bonus: this will make your skin glow and if you can stay under more than a minute, it will also rev your metabolism!
- Thickening: The secret to thick hair? A healthy scalp. A lot of shampoos can dry out or irritate our scalps, making hair limp and lank. Like tip #4, there are two ways to ensure a healthy scalp:a. #Itstartsinside – make sure you are getting enough protein and foods that are rich in b-vitamins such as salmon, egg yolks, and almonds.
b. Try switching your every day shampoo for baking soda. Baking soda? Yup. This kitchen staple is a gentle but powerful natural cleanser. The same way it cleans up your casserole dishes without scratching is the way it will clean your hair and scalp without doing any damage.
To use, mix one part baking soda with three parts water. Start at the roots and work through to the ends of your hair. Remember to use the pads of your fingers, not your finger nails, when you shampoo – nails are too harsh for the sensitive skin of your scalp. Let sit 1-3 minutes, then follow with tip #2 – the cider vinegar rinse.
This change will take a few shampoos to get right, so I’d recommend starting on a weekend or a day when you’re working from home, in case you get too little or too much for your hair. You’ll be amazed at the change.
There you have it – four (almost) free hair hacks the pros don’t want you to know! Do you have any tips of your own? Have you tried any of the tips above? Let us know in the comments below!