Why is it the lush look you have after you leave a salon stays only one or two days? Washing your hair not only takes away the dirt and oil, but it also takes away the fullness and the volume.
Maximizing the thick, lush look doesn’t require a visit to your favorite hairdresser twice a week or buying some exotic hair care products that can break your budget. You can create the same bounce and full-bodied hairstyle with a few tricks that need inexpensive household items.
Option #1: Create Your Own Beer Shampoo, Soak, Spritz or Rinse!
Beer is used by some of the top salons. They even sell beer shampoo. It can do wonders for your hair because it contains malt and hops, both of which have plenty of rejuvenating protein.
Beer strengthens the hair and the alcohol in beer has natural sugars and vitamin B that give the hair shine and bounce. It’s perfect for building the hair shafts and giving it plenty of volumes.
Some people mix beer with shampoo and wash their hair, as usual, others mix it with oils or even apple cider vinegar and work it through the hair after shampooing and conditioning, then rinsing, to remove the excess product that weighs hair down making hair bouncier and fuller. You don’t need to get an expensive exotic brand either. Plain old Budweiser is often used, even at the fanciest salons.
- 1 cup beer (any inexpensive beer will do – fresh or flat)
- 1 cup regular shampoo
- Boil the beer in a small saucepan over medium heat until it’s reduced to 1/4 the quantity.
- Add the reduced beer to the shampoo and stir well.
- Pour the shampoo into a clean bottle; there is no need to refrigerate.
- Shampoo as normal and rinse well.
Option #2: Crack an Egg and Mix It with Brandy Nourishes Your Hair
Whipping up a mix of egg and brandy (or cognac) can give you fuller hair when you use it as a hair mask. The fullness is not temporary but comes from stimulating the growth of hair. Brandy increases the blood flow to the scalp and eggs provide the protein necessary to create strong hair.
It seals the shaft, adds moisture and helps renew the hair’s shine and body. You can add other ingredients to this mixture, such as aloe vera or essential oils if you want a more pleasant scent or want to add even more nourishment.
- 2-3 egg yolks, depending on your hair length
- 4-5 tablespoons brandy or cognac
- 1 tablespoon caster sugar
- 10 drops geranium essential oil (optional)
- 5 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
- Whisk egg yolks with cognac, adding just enough caster sugar to make a thick paste.
- If using essential oils add them and stir well.
- Apply the mask to dry, unwashed hair. Cover your head with a shower cap and wrap it with a towel. Leave for 20 minutes or more.
- Rinse off and follow with a mild shampoo.
Option #3: Use Grapes, Clay, Apple Cider Vinegar and Green Tea for Another Hair Rinse to Feed and Nourish the Hair.
All these ingredients can boost the volume and health of the hair, but when combined in a mask, they’re dynamite for hair health. You can use grape juice or if you want to get more creative and reap the extra benefits of the grape seed, grapes slushy created by blending grapes. These provide vitamins and antioxidants to help feed the scalp at the base of the hair.
Just add a bit of white clay that can help exfoliate the scalp, a bit of apple cider vinegar that not only adds nutrients to the hair but also cleanses the hair.
It also exfoliates the scalp and provides a protective layer on the hair and green tea, which has EGCG, a substance that stimulates hair growth and slows hair loss. Just pour the mixture over your hair, work it in and rinse for thicker more beautiful hair. Result: healthy, shiny, bouncy hair.
- 2-3 cups grape juice
- 1 tablespoon white clay
- 1 cup green tea
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Combine all ingredients in a glass bottle and shake well.
- Shampoo your hair as usual.
- Pour this mixture liberally over wet hair, then massage lightly into scalp and along your hair length.
- Allow to remain on your hair for a minute, then rinse off with cool water. Towel dry your hair and style as usual.