I’m skeeved by mayonnaise. The gloppy consistency; the eggy, oily stench—I’m not into it. But I was willing to slather it on my head for the sake of beauty—specifically, to look like the living embodiment of #hairgoals, Blake Lively.
Lively (Allure‘s May cover star, by the way—check out her gorgeous waves) said she maintains her full, shiny hair with the condiment. She told the website Byrdie, “My mom…used to put oil or mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before she would shower. That way, when she would shampoo, the soap wouldn’t strip the bottom of the hair.”
If it’s a Lively family hair secret, then I’m in. My hair is fine and straight, and my ends typically get dry and brittle (that’s my before picture, above), so I was hoping a mayonnaise treatment would make them shiny and moisturized instead. I bought a jar of Hellmann’s, spooned out a quarter cup, and rubbed it into the bottom half of my dampened hair. After ten minutes, I hopped in the shower and shampooed and conditioned as I normally do.
My first reaction: a slight panic. My still-wet hair felt oily and slick and I was afraid that it would air-dry (my normal routine) into a potato-salad nightmare.
Thirty nervous minutes later, my hair was dry and the results were official. It looked about the same as usual—fine and straight (that’s the after shot, below)—but I did notice one major difference: the way it felt. It was a lot softer, smoother, and less hay-like. I wanted to keep touching it!
Would I try it again? I think if my hair were particularly dry (and there were zero nice-smelling hair masks within walking distance), then yes, I would. But I’m still not putting any mayo on my turkey sandwich.
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