Ask The Pharmacist: DIY treatments for frizzy, dry and dull hair
I’ve lived in the bitter cold of Queens, New York and Somerset Massachusetts until I was 11 years old, then hot and humid Ocala and Gainesville, Florida for 35 more years, and recently the past six years in the dry climate of Denver, Colorado.
My hair’s seen a lot, yet it’s still thick and healthy so I’ll share my DIY tips with you today. There’s actually a much longer version of this article at my website.
Confession: I’m a little too attached too my bottle of “It’s a 10 Miracle” and a flat iron straightener. Now, here are some tips …
Dry or frizzy hair
Avocado: Use half of a ripe, buttery avocado. For best results, blend it in a blender or mash it really well, so it is super creamy and smooth (trust me, you don’t want to be picking out chunks of avocado from your hair). Natural fat in avocado will help smooth your hair strands and make them shine. You can thin this out with a little water. Shampoo it out.
Olive oil: The fats in olive oil can really luxe-up your locks, have you ever given olive oil to a dog to soften up his fur? Well, it works for you too! Use about one-quarter of a cup of it on its own or mixed with other ingredients for a beautiful sheen. It’s so softening that this tip will make people want to scratch behind your ears (kidding!). Shampoo it out.
Oily or flat hair
Apple cider vinegar: Ok, it doesn’t smell great, but apple cider vinegar clears away excess oil and may help dandruff. Put two tablespoons in a spray bottle with 4 ounces of water, and spray onto your hair until damp. Shampoo (and/or condition) your hair like normal.
Corn starch: This fine white powder is a DIY dry shampoo. Sprinkle a tablespoon or two onto your hair for 10 minutes; then brush it out. The cornstarch will absorb excess oil and give you that instant shampooed look. This is nice if you’re tired, have had recent surgery, or you’re disabled. You can buy commercial brands of “dry shampoo” but they sometimes contain weird chemicals.
Balanced normal hair
Eggs: I prefer my eggs scrambled or as ‘egg salad’ to be honest, but if you can get past the ‘ick’ factor, the rich, fatty egg yolks moisturize and lend natural protein to your hair. Apply one or two lightly beaten eggs to your hair. You can also try just the yolks or just whites if you want to experiment, then shampoo as normal.
Beer: Yes, beer! You want to let it sit out in an open glass for an hour or so to eliminate the bubbles so it doesn’t foam all over the place. Hide it so your hubby doesn’t walk by and have himself a Bud. I don’t have to worry about that because my husband hates beer (so do I actually) but the protein in beer adds structure to your hair, meaning it’s a DIY hair volumizer.
Suzy Cohen is a registered pharmacist. The information presented here is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose any condition. Visit SuzyCohen.com.