We all get into this mode where we will literally try anything to make sure our hair is healthy. Sometimes it is because we see something viral going around the internet, other times we just get curious and want to put our recent Pinterest pins about hair care to the test.
Regardless of why -- there are a myriad of hair care routines out there and some of them are hidden gems, while others may seem strange.
Because of this, we decided to collect 13 of the weirdest hair tips and tricks for you to put to the test and figure out whether they are strange or one of your hidden gems.
Remember not all hair care routines are created equally for YOUR hair type, so some of these may be perfect for you and others not so much.
WEIRD HAIR HACKS OR GENIUS IN DISGUISE
1. Deep conditioning with mayonnaise
Running out of your deep conditioner doesn’t have to be a problem… especially if you stock your kitchen regularly with mayonnaise. Yes, mayonnaise. It is a great substitute for your favorite deep conditioner. Massage a generous amount of mayo on your damp hair from mid hair shaft and comb through to the ends. You should focus on your ends because they need the most TLC. Let the mayo mask soak into your hair for twenty minutes. Try wearing a hair cap or shower cap to 1. Not make a mess and 2. Lock in all the moisture. After the twenty minutes, wash and style your hair as usual. Hopefully the end result is mayo-free shiny locks.
2. Egg Hair Mask
What you eat is important to how healthy your locks are, but what if we told you what you eat can also be used ON your hair? Eggs, ignoring the texture, are known to replenish hair and restore softness. With that, crack a few egg whites into a bowl, apply to damp hair, and comb through. Like a normal mask, keep it on for ten to twenty minutes and afterwards wash it out.
3. Tomato Juice Savior
Apparently this has been tried and tested multiple times and works, as crazy as it is. If you have blonde hair and left the pool or ocean only to see your hair turn green then this is the hack for you. Get rid of those unwanted green tones by soaking your hair in tomato juice. The red in the tomato juice neutralizes the green and helps your blonde out a little. Leave the juice soaking in your hair for twenty minutes and then wash your hair as you normally would.
4. DIY Dry Shampoo
Want to make your own dry shampoo with things in your home? Well, here’s a recipe. Mix two tablespoons of cocoa powder, two tablespoons of cornstarch, and a dash of cinnamon. Apply at your roots and shake through with your fingers for a refreshed hair.
If you are looking for an even simpler solution to dry shampoo try baby powder. Dusting a bit of baby powder on your roots and massaging it in will get rid of excess oil like dry shampoo. It will absorb the grease from your strands and help to make your locks look fresher.
5. DIY Highlights
Okay these aren’t crazy colored highlights or anything, but they’re subtle for when going to the salon is just a no-go. Squeeze an entire lemon into a dish, dip a toothbrush into the juice and comb it through your hair. Then, go sit in the sun for about an hour. Keep doing this once every two weeks and the sun in combo with the lemon juice will naturally lighten your hair.
6. Flyaways? Try a toothbrush
Those little baby hairs hate our perfectly polished styles and love to ruin them by sticking up and out. To keep your flyaways flat spray a toothbrush with hairspray or use a little gel and brush over your hairline. This technique keeps everything smooth without making the hairstyle crunchy.
7. Crushed aspirin isn’t only for Acne
In case you were wondering what else you could add to your shampoo to keep your hair healthy and strong -- aspirin is your answer. Crushed up aspirin is a typical acne treatment but using the powdered aspirin in your shampoo can help your hair. Every two weeks, crush up on aspirin into your shampoo routine. Basically, the salicylic acid content in aspirin helps banish dullness from your hair by clearing build up to reveal healthy-looking locks.
8. Get Rid of Static
Static hair is an embarrassment no one wants to deal with, so here is a quick hack to save yourself. Dryer sheets. They are not only used to keep your laundry static-free but can also be used on your hair. As ridiculous as it may feel, take dryer sheets and rub them down your hair to get rid of any static pieces that are standing up. As an added bonus, the dryer sheets will leave your hair smelling fresh like your favorite laundry scent.
9. Use that old T-shirt
To reduce frizz when drying your hair trade in your towel for a cotton t-shirt. Regular towels cause friction when using it to dry your hair which disrupts the cuticle and thus creates frizz. The cotton t-shirt replacement absorbs water without causing friction, making it a great way to dry your hair. Make sure to squeeze your hair, not rub, when drying because rubbing creates more friction which creates frizz.
10. Sock + Hair = Perfect Bun
This is a great hack for when you’re running late and still want a picture perfect bun! You can create it in a matter of minutes just by using a sock. Take a sock, one that resembles your hair color, and cut off the toe end. After that, roll the sock into itself until you’re left with a donut hole sock. Once you have your sock bun this is what you’re going to do:
- Put your hair into a ponytail where you want your bun to be placed.
- Pull your ponytail through the hole of your newly made sock bun so the sock is at the end of your ponytail.
- Roll the sock bun, with your hair, towards the base of your ponytail.
- Once the sock bun is at the base, pin it into place and you’ll have a flawless bun.
Here’s a little how-to video:
11. Makeshift Curlers
Honestly anything can be up-cycled if you are creative enough. Don’t throw away your toilet paper rolls; instead, use them as makeshift curlers for natural large waves. It is super simple. Just wrap sections of your hair around each roll, secure it with a pin, and then spritz of a sea salt based hairspray. The hairspray will add some volume and definition to your hair. Wait about a half an hour later and simple heat free waves will be yours- all thanks to your up-cycled TP rolls.
12. Silk Pillowcases
If you still think this a myth-it isn’t! Get yourself a silk pillowcase to sleep on at night to reduce breakage and bedhead. A silk pillowcase doesn’t cause friction on your hair as you toss and turn at night leaving no room for breakage.
If you rather not get a silk pillowcase, a silk bonnet or nightcap will have the same effect!
13. Wash your hair before swimming
This one isn’t completely weird, it just feels a bit strange. Washing your hair before swimming seems counterintuitive since you are probably more likely to wash it after, but washing your hair before is a great way to make sure your hair is moisturized. Before going in the pool or ocean wash your hair with a moisturizing conditioner and leave it in so the chlorinated water or the salt water won’t soak into your locks. And since your hair will be moisturized, it will ultimately be less tangled and easy to comb once you finish swimming.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HAIR HACK?
We hope some of these hacks were helpful to make your hair care life easier. Whether they were weird or genius in disguise, they are creative ways that people come up with to help make taking care of hair a little easier but also fun.
What is your favorite hair hack? Let us know @myrevair with #myrevair.