’Tis the season for . . . photo ops. And yet ’tis the season for frizz and fuss, when winter weather and dry indoor air take a toll on skin, nails and hair. This year, look to your kitchen instead of beauty shelves when prepping for the party.
Here’s why: Many conventional shampoos, conditioners and hair-enhancing goos, gels, serums and spritzes contain ingredients like alcohols (isopropyl, propyl, SD-40), sulfates, formaldehyde and fragrances, which can damage your hair over time.
Instead, stock your cabinet with gentle, natural ingredients and try these easy tricks.
- Look for petroleum-free shampoos and conditioners with exceptionally moisturizing oils like jojoba, argan, avocado, coconut or olive, rich in protective and nourishing vitamins (such as A and E) and omega fatty acids.
- Rinse with vinegar—or citrus. The unfortunate truth is that most hair products cause pH imbalance, resulting in oil and product residue build-up. Vinegar is an instant pH balancer, increasing shine and body by rinsing away dirt and icky build-up. Dilute 1:1 with water; use 1–2 cups total. Don’t want to smell like salad? Try gentle products with citrus (citric acid), which work similarly.
- Or try beer. Sorry, contrary to Internet rumors beer isn’t a miracle cure for thinning hair. But its alcohol content can help achieve a deeper clean for better body and shine. A half to full pint should do the trick.
- Avoid overdrying with blow dryer. If you can’t air dry, try a combo of gentle towel drying and drying with an old T-shirt, which wicks moisture quicker than some terrycloth towels—plus smooth surface texture creates less frizz.
- Get deep moisture with natural oils (see tip 1), which tame frizz and increase shine. Caution: Too much oil will overload hair and make it limp! Technique matters: Work a tablespoon or so into hair before bed, sleep with a shower cap, and then shampoo as usual in the morning to remove excess oils. Alternate technique: Use an even smaller amount as you would a silicone-based hair serum. After showering, work ½ teaspoon oil into nearly dry strands, concentrating on the tips.