As we hang on through lockdown, we’ve all been pushed to new levels of self-reliance. And while we strive to keep calm, for many of us, carrying on includes making do and managing our hair.
A few blogs ago, we covered tips for bringing haircare in-house while salons are out. Since then, our customers have been sharing with us many of their resourceful, homemade hair hacks helping them to make do and manage.
Having tried them all ourselves, we’ve selected the best 10 to share with you here.
Give your favourites a go, so, when lockdown lifts, you’ll emerge with hair as ready to face the world as you are!
TOP 10 MAKE DO HOMEMADE HAIR HACKS:
1. Deep condition with mayonnaise
Running out of your deep conditioner doesn’t have to be a problem, especially if your kitchen is well stocked with mayonnaise. Yes, mayonnaise. Massage a generous amount of mayo on your damp hair from mid hair shaft. Comb through to the ends where the most TLC is needed. Let the mayo mask sit for twenty minutes. Try wearing a shower cap to lock in the moisture and avoid mess. Then, wash and style your hair as usual and see your post-mayo locks shine through.
2. Deep condition with egg
Scrambling to find something to rejuvenate your hair? Try eggs. They are known to replenish hair and restore softness. Separate 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. Afterwards, wash it out and dry and style as usual for that sunny-side-up look.
3. DIY dry shampoo
Not enough time to wash your hair before your next Zoom call? Mix two tablespoons of cocoa powder, two tablespoons of corn-starch and a dash of cinnamon. Apply at your roots and shake through with your fingers. Bit short of ingredients? Try straight baby powder. Both options, dusted on your roots and massaged in, will absorb excess oil from your strands and help to make your locks look fresher.
4. Roll curls
Stockpile loo roll last month? Don’t throw away the inner paper rolls just yet; instead, use them as makeshift curlers for natural large waves. It is super simple. Just wrap hair sections around each roll, secure with a pin and then spritz with sea salt based hairspray. Wait about 30 minutes before removing and simple heat free waves will be yours.
5. Flatten fly-aways
Those little baby hairs hate our perfectly polished styles and love to ruin them by sticking up and out. To keep your fly-aways 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.
6. Banish dullness with aspirin
We know, keeping hair’s lustre can be quite a headache. Well, here’s your answer - crushed aspirin added to your shampoo about every two weeks. Basically, the salicylic acid content in aspirin helps banish dullness by clearing build up to reveal healthy-looking locks.
7. Launder static
Static hair can be annoying and awkward. Try laundry dryer sheets as a solution. They not only keep your clothes static-free but can work a treat on your hair. Simply rub them down your locks to rid them of any stand-out static strands. As an added bonus, the sheets will leave your hair smelling fresh like your favourite laundry scent.
8. Repurpose that old T-shirt
To reduce frizz, trade your towel for a cotton t-shirt to wrap hair out of the shower. Regular towels cause friction which disrupts the cuticle and thus creates frizz. The t-shirt will absorb water without causing friction, making it a great substitute. Either way, make sure to squeeze your hair when absorbing excess water as any kind of rubbing action will create some degree of frizz inducing friction.
9. Repurpose that old silk blouse
Get breakage and bedhead after returning from the land of nod? A silk pillowcase won’t cause damaging friction on your hair as you toss and turn where a normally benign cotton case will. If you can’t get your hands on one right now, but have an old silk blouse that you don’t mind repurposing, slide your pillow in and tie up the arms. Just make sure you sleep with the button side down!
10. Repurposing that old sock
Dreaming of glamorous nights out after lockdown with you sporting a perfect bun? Get ready to create one with ease just by using a sock. Take a sock resembling your hair colour and cut off the toe end. Roll it into itself until you’re left with a ‘sock donut’. Then:
1. Secure your hair into a ponytail where you want your bun to be placed.
2. Pull the ponytail’s end through the sock donut and loop it around the side.
3. Roll the sock donut, along with your hair, in towards the base of your ponytail, slightly rotating it with each roll so hair fills in the full circle.
4. Adjust and even-out hair as needed before pinning into place and your donut becomes a bun!
Here’s a little how-to video:
Remember not all hair hacks are created equally for YOUR hair type, so some of these may be perfect for you and others not so much.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MAKE DO HAIR HACK?
We hope you’ll find some of these hair hacks helpful for making do and managing your hair at home. Ranging from weird to wonderful, they are resourceful ways to make hair care at home a little easier and fun.
What are your own make do hair hacks? Let us know on Instagram @myrevair_uk with #myrevairuk.