Thursday, May 19, 2011

instyle international hair tips

germany: the oktoberfest rinse -- mix a half liter of beer with lukewarm water. our it into a spray bottle and spritz dry hair. leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse. do this weekly to keep strands strong and glossy.

germany: au natural volume -- products with wheat protein

sweden: static-free strands -- local brand sachajuan's algae-rich over night hair repair ($60;, a water-based gel. it contains minerals that add a moist shine to hair but won't leave it greasy.

czech republic: pump up the volume -- kerastase's volumactive line (shampoo and mousse, $35 and $37;

czech republic: onion highlight rinse -- to achieve neutral blond highlights, boil 6 yellow onion skins in 4 cups of water, let the water cool, and use it as a rinse. this trick originated in the pre-hair-product era.

croatia: keep your colour -- to preserve colour during the winter, use gentle, sulfate-free products by label.m's organic hair-care line. (label.m colour stay conditioner and shampoo, $15 and $12;

romania: sweeten your conditioner -- boost highlights like a romanian: add 1 tbsp. of honey to your favourite conditioner to make highlights shimmer.

greece: keep hair colour rich -- use a shampoo that contains walnut leaf extract to create a deeper, richer hair tone. (nirvana black walnut shampoo, $20/3;

egypt: castor oil cocktail -- a popular conditioning treatment is castor oil mixed with crushed garlic. add a drop of lavender essential oil and apply to dry hair overnight; rinse in the morning for lush, hydrated hair.
(now foods castor oil, $10;

india: neem oil to nourish hair -- follow regular shampoo with neem oil. massage a few drops into the scalp, then rinse. the oil acts as a lubricant to prevent friction and breakage. (dr. hauchka neem hair oil, $32;

china: take-out tresses -- boost your hair health by eating chinese food. it contains a lot of the natural herbs--such as sesame, ginger, and fleece flower root, a common chinese herb--that are good for hair health. ask for sesame chicken next time you order take-out.

thailand: coconut milk shampoo -- grate and squeeze a coconut to get the milk, heat on the stove until the oil separates. spoon out the oil and let cool before applying to the hair as a shampoo to provide moisture, softness, and shine.

vietnam: lush lotus treatment -- prevent breakage with a boket, or lotus tree, treatment. steep the leaves and use the liquid as a cleanser. then grind the pods to a thick, buttery consistency and use as a conditioner.

japan: start with the scalp -- japanese women believe that beautiful hair begins at the roots, often using treatments to exfoliate and deeply cleanse their scalps several times a week. (nigelle lx cleansing shampoo, $23;

australia: eucalyptus treatment --to keep hair in good shape, massage a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the scalp overnight. it provides moisture and shine, and promotes growth.

new zealand: seek out local ingredients -- manuka honey moisturizes, conditions, and has hair-protective qualities. (wild ferns manuka honey shampoo and conditioner, $24 for the set; for store locations)

colombia: avocado hair mask -- combine two egg whites with half a cup mashed-up avocado; leave it in hair for 15 minutes, then wash and condition. it's a fast and inexpensive natural remedy that leaves hair super-smooth.

brazil: coconut hair cocktail -- once a week, apply a cocoa butter treatment mask, let it sit for a half hour, then rinse it out with coconut water. the combination leaves hair incredibly soft and moisturized. (l 'oreal serie nature masque cacao, $33; for stores. vita coco coconute water, $31/pack of 12;

argentina: hydrate with aloe vera -- to help keep long strands in shape, apply aloe vera directly to our scalp or add it to your usual shampoo.

mexico: gelatin hair mask -- fight frizz with a blend of 1 tbsp. unflavoured gelatin, 1 cup water, and 1 tsp. cider vinegar. massage the gel-like mixture through shampooed hair, leave it in for 5 minutes, then rinse.

italy: the olive oil (hair) diet

jamaica: cactus benefits -- peel the cactus and wash hair with the cactus oil

france: hydrate while you sleep -- rub l'occitane's shea butter cream on your scalp the evening before a shampoo. take herbal supplements to nourish hair from the inside. (l'occitane pure shea butter, $39; phyto phytophanere, $25/bottle of 60 caplets;

ireland: shiny strands -- wash hair with rainwater for shine.

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