Ah, the never ending quest for new effects for hair design and the many successes and failures that occur along the way. With so many hair suggestions and advice flooding the internet, it becomes difficult to know which ones will work and which ones will possibly even ruin your tresses. Of all the tips we ever encounter, its the ones that promise to save us the most time that we gravitate to. We go for new techniques that cut corners, shortcuts we can perform and still get the same ideal results and of course, the ones that will work best with our particular hair type. Here are some of the best tricks everyone should know:
Highlights on a Budget
There’s no need to let lack of money prevent you from having those summer streaks of highlighting. All you need is a lemon and a little sunshine. Squeeze the juice from a lemon into a small bowl, and taking a clean toothbrush, dip it into the lemon juice and strategically comb it through the areas of your hair where you desire to have highlights. Now, go sit out in the sun for 45 minutes to an hour. While one session may not give you the level of lightening you desire, repeating this routine (on the exact same spots) once a week will soon produce winning results.
Did you know you can tame static in your hair by taking a dryer sheet and rubbing it on your hair? Even better, rub a dryer sheet into the bristles of your hairbrush and comb before brushing your hair.
DIY Clarifying Shampoo
This trick works great to remove product and oil build-up from your hair: Create a paste by using baking soda and water, and starting at the roots, massage it into all of your hair. Next, rinse with a solution of equal parts water and apple cider vinegar for the cleanest possible hair.
DIY Dry Shampoo
Commercially sold dry shampoo might be OK for lighter shades of hair, but the darker colors wind up with visible white residue. This DIY mixture will effectively clean even darker hair, without leaving a trace of leftover residue. Mix together 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 1 tablespoons of cornstarch and a little bit of cinnamon. Concentrate the application to the root area, and once covered, shake your fingers throughout all your hair for a fresh head of hair, ready to go.