I’m sure a lot of women would agree with me when I say that Victoria’s Secret models have unreal hair. Perfectly curly, voluminous, and shiny—you know, the stuff shampoo commercials are made of. But here at Allure, we have a hair icon of our own: associate art director Mariana Tuma. She has hair so thick and gorgeous, she could give Alessandra Ambrosio a serious run for her money. When I asked one day why her hair was looking even shinier and more voluminous than usual, she filled me in on the newest addition to her hair-care routine.
“I had noticed that my hair was getting oilier, flatter, and straighter as I got older,” she said. Thanks to a little Googling, she came up with a superbasic—and really cheap, I might add—remedy: Ditching her regular shampoo-and-conditioner routine for a baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinse. She combines a tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of filtered water and uses the mixture to cleanse her hair. Then, in lieu of conditioner, she pours one cup of vinegar and one cup of filtered water into a spray bottle—”It’ll last a month”—and mists it over her just-“shampooed” hair before rinsing. “I only have to wash it twice a week now, instead of every other day,” she says. “It’s fuller and holds styling for days.”
Because I’ve tried many an at-home treatment that has left me burned, broken out, or (equally as annoying) result-less, I reached out to Ron Robinson, the cosmetic chemist behind BeautyStat.com, to explain why these solutions work. “Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has many uses,” says Robinson. “One of those is its ability to cleanse. Think about the prevalence of baking soda in toothpaste and other oral-hygiene products. Baking soda provides good, gentle exfoliation. The fact that apple cider vinegar is gentle—it doesn’t strip hair of its essential oils—might leave hair shiny.”
In case you’re like me and are a little cautious when it comes to DIY, Robinson says both ingredients are mild enough for regular use and shouldn’t cause any irritation.
What DIY treatments have you tried and loved? Share them in the comments below!
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