Everyone wants nice, perfect hair. You could go to a salon and have deep conditioning treatments done or you can try some of these cool tricks at home, for pennies on the dollar. There are a lot of crazy hair hacks that you can do I want to share them with you. Here are 10 weird hair tips (that actually work)…..
1. Mayonnaise as a Deep Conditioner
My mom told me that when she was a teenager, she used to put mayonnaise in her hair because it made her hair soft. You might want to ask how that works. Let me explain…
Mayo contains many oils and proteins that can be really great for your hair. It’s especially good for people with dry, damaged hair. They say that it’s better to make your own mayo (you can find a recipe here, at effortlesseating.com) than to use store-bought mayo.
To do this cool hair tip, simply apply a layer of mayo to your hair (roots to ends) and comb it through with a wide-tooth comb. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse it out.
The downfall? If your hair is fine or not very damaged, this trick can weigh your hair down. I’d only recommend doing it if you have very dry or damaged hair. The other bad thing is that you may smell like an egg salad for a while.
2. Beer as a Shine Enhancer
My mom also said that she used to put beer in her hair as a teenager to make it shiny. It seems kinda silly but it actually works! Beer will definitely add shine to your hair as well as battle dryness and damage. Some people even say it helps thicken your hair. The hops and malt in the beer are made up of protein and these proteins bond with the individual hair strands, strengthening them.
To do a plain beer rinse, use flat warm beer that has been opened for a while. Apply to your whole head after shampooing. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse.
3. Avocado as a Hair Masque
Avocados are packed with vitamins, minerals and essential fats that are great for your hair. On a side note, they are also really good for your skin.
Peel an avocado, mash it up, and add a bit of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Mix this up and add a raw egg to the mix for added protein. Apply the whole thing to your hair, and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse it completely out.
Now you should have amazingly soft hair. Repeat once a week for best results.
4. Gelatin as a Thickener
Add 2 tsp of unflavored gelatin (the kind to make jelly preserves) to your shampoo to thicken your hair. This doesn’t work as a permanent fix but it will make your hair appear to be thicker. It basically does the same thing that thickening shampoo does for a fraction of the cost.
5. Flax Seed as a Frizz-Fighting Gel
When you boil a pot of flax seeds, they will produce their own gel. After boiling the seeds, strain it and use the gel in your hair for curl-defining, frizz-fighting hold, with none of the crunchiness. Add some coconut oil for shine.
6. Oatmeal as a Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo has recently made a comeback and I hear people asking for it in the salon all the time. I personally like dry shampoo for occasions like camping, where it may be hard to shower. The downfall of dry shampoo is that it can leave a talc finish in your hair, which makes your hair appear to be grey or white.
An easy, natural alternative to dry shampoo is oatmeal. It absorbs oil as well as dry shampoo and is easy to brush out. Just apply the dry oatmeal to your entire head and try to massage it around so it gets every little crevice. When you feel like your hair is clean, simply brush it out.
7. Dryer Sheets to Reduce Static
We’ve all had those days where there is nothing you can do to rid your hair of static and flyaways. A quick fix for this is to grab a dryer sheet and rub it on your head. Dryer sheets work by reducing static in laundry, so they also reduce static in your hair.
8. Ice Water as a Quick Shine Fix
My least favorite part of taking a shower is at the very end, right before I get out. I always turn the water on the coldest it will go and rinse my hair and face with it. The cold water seals your cuticle shut, which makes your hair shinier and also appear to be healthier.
Believe me, it sucks, especially in the winter (it snows where I live), but it does work. It also closes the pores in your face, which makes them appear smaller. It’s only uncomfortable for a minute and trust me, you’ll live. I usually just tilt my head back into the cold water, so the rest of my body doesn’t get hit with it.
9. Castor Oil for Hair Growth
I remember reading a long time ago that castor oil will help your eyebrows and eyelashes grow faster. It is also said to help the hair on your hair grow faster. It works by strengthening the hair follicle.
To try this hair tip, apply castor oil to your entire scalp and massage in. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and allow to sit for at least 20 minutes (sleep with it in for best results). Really spend some time shampooing your hair to get all of the oil out. Repeat this treatment once a week for best results.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar as a Conditioner
The pH level of Apple Cider Vinegar is pretty dang close to the natural pH of hair. In turn, many people swear by using this as a conditioner. It balances the pH of hair, closes the cuticle and adds shine. Sure, you have to deal with the smell, but it does go away after you rinse your hair and dry it.
To perform this hair tip, just splash your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar before you get out of the shower. You can’t knock it ’till you try it.
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Do you know of any other weird hair tips that I didn’t list? Have you tried any of these? I’d love to read your feedback in the comments section below. 🙂
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