When it comes to experimenting with my hair, I’m not afraid to try something new. Sometimes things turn out great, and I discover a new way to use an old product; and sometimes things turn out bad, and I discover a new way to wear an old wig. You never know! I’m sure you’re familiar with using products like eggs, mayonnaise and olive oil on your hair, but there’s a variety of other products you may never have considered using.
1. Baby Powder
Not only does baby powder soothe a baby’s bottom, it also absorbs excess oil and dirt from the scalp when used as a dry shampoo. Just sprinkle a little powder on your scalp, and brush it out from roots to tips. To give your hair a fresher scent between washings, spritz your hair with rose water after applying the baby powder.
Before pouring out hubby’s can of flat beer, considering using it as a hair rinse. After shampooing your hair, pour about 1 cup of warm beer over your hair. Allow the beer to penetrate for about 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse your hair with cool water. The proteins in the beer seals your cuticles and gives your hair more body. Don’t worry about smelling like a liquor cabinet afterwards; the cool water assures no smell is left behind.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Besides being used as a hair rinse to remove product buildup, apple cider vinegar can also be used to balance hair’s pH, lock in protein, increase elasticity, and to treat dandruff, head lice and thinning hair. Add 2 oz. of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups of distilled water, then pour the mixture over your hair. Allow the mixture to penetrate for about 10 to 15 minutes, then shampoo your hair with cool water. Some people also use apple cider vinegar without shampooing, but I find that cool water alone can’t get rid of the lingering smell.
4. KY Jelly
I know what you’re probably thinking, but ‘There’s Something About’… KY Jelly personal lubricant that would even make Mary happy to use it as a hair gel. Since KY Jelly and styling gel contain a few of the same main ingredients, you can expect similar results; without the stickiness or flaking, of course.
Speaking of hair gel, a regular box of unflavored gelatin can also be used to make a protein-rich natural hair gel. Dissolve 2 tsp. of gelatin in 1 cup of warm water, then pop it in the refrigerator for a few hours. Don’t forget to refrigerate the leftovers after applying it to your hair.
6. Fabric Softener
Fabric softener dryer sheets aren’t only good for softening your clothes, they’re also great for eliminating static in your hair, and reducing frizz. Some people also mix liquid fabric softener with water to create a rinse-out conditioner that softens curly hair. I’ve never tried that one.
Whether you use black coffee or plain tea, both caffeinated beverages give a natural shine and luster to dark hair. Use coffee as a hair rinse before shampooing, or tea as a hair rinse after shampooing. Several applications of herbal teas, such as chamomile and sage, can also be used to darken gray hair.
Lemons do for blonde hair what coffee and tea does for brunettes and redheads. Apply pure lemon juice directly to your hair, or mix 6 oz. of pure lemon juice with 8 oz. of cool water to create a post-shampoo lemonade rinse. Leave the lemon on the hair for about 15 minutes, then rinse your hair with cool water. To create highlights in blonde hair, apply the lemon to your hair, then sit in the sun for about two hours.