COLUMN: Savvy solutions to help tame your mane during those hair emergencies
Ever run out of hair products and money at the same time? I know I have multiple times.
I’ve realized I have no hairspray in the middle of getting ready to go out, or ran out of leave-in conditioner/detangle spray after I already had washed my hair. And with my hair type, that is not good.
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I have fine, but thick hair, which means Tangle City for me. So to keep my hair under control, I use deep conditioner and leave-in conditioner for the tangles and root booster or hairspray for volume. If I do not wash my hair in the morning, then I also use a dry shampoo in order to keep my hair from becoming greasy throughout the rest of the day.
There are some items to keep on hand that can guarantee you and your hair are never caught in a bind again. The products also are great for bad hair days or days when the snooze button on your alarm gets hit too many times and there is no time to shower.
Guys, these can work for you, too. The root booster and the shine boost might not really fit your look, but the others are great if you are going out on a big date or want to keep your hair healthy.
Once a Week Deep Conditioning: These products usually come in the form of a hair mask and are great to make sure your hair is not drying out from heating elements or the weather.
I found something that works really well as an alternative. Avocado and mayonnaise is a great deep conditioning mask. It sounds gross, but most people have these things in their homes or can purchase them relatively cheap.
The recipe is half an avocado and a small jar of mayonnaise.
- Mash the mixture up in a bowl and apply to your hair, making sure to get the ends.
- Wrap your head in cellophane or use a shower cap to lock in heat.
- Let sit for 20 minutes and then wash out.
Leave-in Conditioner/Detangle Spray: This is my real savior, because once my hair gets wet, it becomes a rat’s nest and is impossible to comb out without some sort of conditioning element.
This recipe is simple and great because it uses the last bit of conditioner.
The recipe is one part conditioner to nine parts water.
Mix well and place in a spray bottle.
Apply to wet hair and comb through.
It seems as if the height of hairstyles have increased rapidly over the past 10 years with the invention of the Bumpit and other awful products. But, there is no harm in adding a little height to your hair.
I normally spray root booster under the top few layers of my damp hair before blow-drying it. Especially, if I am going to straighten it, because I lose all my natural volume once the waves are gone.
I found a nice root booster rinse that’s as easy as going to the refrigerator and grabbing a beer before showering.
Once, you are in the shower and have shampooed your hair pour the beer on.
Work in the beer and then rinse.
Do not leave it in for too long because your hair will start to smell like beer.
It gives the same results as a root booster.
Vinegar Rinse: This was a new hair tip I have recently added to my list. What the vinegar rinse does is get rid of all of the build-up of other product.
- Take apple cider vinegar, about a half a cup, and when you first wet your hair in the shower, dump the vinegar onto your scalp.
- Massage the vinegar in, and then rinse. Go on with your normal shower routine after the vinegar has rinsed out.
Natural Hairspray: I really was excited to try this product out. It is just half of a lemon and half of an orange that is boiled in two cups of water, cooled and then placed in a spray bottle.
The hairspray can be a little sticky, but just add water until you get the desired texture.
Another new addition is a tiny amount of olive oil after styling hair to boost shine. All you have to do is turn the olive oil bottle upside down on your hand quickly and rub into hair.
Start at the ends and work your way up your hair toward your scalp. This will give a shiny, healthy look.
Coconut Oil Pomade:
This product works great for shorter hair, especially guys who like the surfer look or want to slick their hair back for a special occasion.
All you need is some virgin coconut oil, which can be found at local health food stores, and less than five minutes.
Take about a nickel-sized glob of the coconut oil, which has the consistency of lard, but it melts in your hand, so do not worry.
Rub it in your hands until it melts and then run through your hair and style to your liking. You’ll smell like coconut all day too, which is a very good thing if you skipped the shower that morning.
Whether you’re in a financial crisis, lacking hair products or running out of time for your morning routine, these products can help. The products are quick, easy and can cure the bad mood that comes with having a bad hair day.
Westlee Parsons is an English literature senior.