No need to miss out on pampering your hair, even if you don’t have the time or money to spend at a pricey spa or salon. These spa-inspired sprays have got you covered.
Whether you’re looking for a natural way to lighten & brighten; smooth & shine; or strengthen & volumize your hair…these simple DIY sprays will turn lifeless locks into tempting tresses!
“Lighten and Brighten” Spray
This spray helps to mimic the hair-lightening effects of the sun, without any of the dullness that comes along with sun exposure. Citrus juices and chamomile both contain compounds that help brighten your locks, while a bit of almond oil will help condition and hydrate to keep your hair looking healthy.
How to make it:
- 2 cups water
- juice of 2 lemons
- 2 tsp almond oil
- 10 drops chamomile essential oil
Combine water, lemon juice, almond oil, and chamomile oil together in a spray bottle, and apply a few times a week to wet or dry hair. Shake thoroughly before each use.
“Smooth and Shine” Spray
This spray will help battle the frizz caused by humidity or just a long summer spent out in the sun. The star of this spray is aloe vera juice, which will lock moisture into your strands and add serious shine. The addition of rose water helps smooth out your hair without making it appear heavy or greasy.
How to make it:
- 1 cup water
- 2 Tbsp aloe vera juice
- 2 Tbsp rose water
- 2 Tbsp vegetable glycerin
Combine the water, aloe vera juice, rose water, and vegetable glycerin together in a spray bottle, and apply as needed. Shake thoroughly before using.
“Strength and Volume” Spray
This one will help revive your hair from all the sun, sweat, and wind that it’s endured this summer. The lauric acid in coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft and restores much needed moisture, while the addition of rosemary essential oil can help stimulate your hair follicles, strengthening them at the root.
How to make it:
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 5 drops rosemary oil
Combine the water, coconut oil, and rosemary oil in a spray bottle, and apply to wet hair after showering. Shake thoroughly before each use.
1 Argentina: Hydrate with Aloe Vera
It’s all about length, says hair stylist Leonardo Rocco, who was born northwest of Buenos Aires. “Women in Argentina associate long hair with sensuality and glamour.” To help keep long strands in shape, he recommends applying aloe vera directly to your scalp or adding it to your usual shampoo.
2 Mexico: Gelatin Hair Mask
South of the border, they fight frizz with a blend of 1 tbsp. unflavored 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. “It’s a practice passed down for generations,” says Ifergan.
3 Jamaica: Cactus Benefits
The same nutrients that allow the prickly pear cactus to thrive in the scorching Jamaican sun can help rejuvenate heat-damaged hair. “We peel the cactus and wash our hair with the oil to make it feel lush and hydrated,” says Denine Smith.
4 Puerto Rico: Work with Your Texture
“The island is humid and windy, and women here spend a lot of time at the beach,” says Guaynabo stylist Elizabeth Rosado. “Instead of fighting their natural texture, we help them embrace it with soft layers.” Opt for long, face-flattering layers similar to Jennifer Lopez’s, who is of Puerto Rican descent.
5 Germany: The Oktoberfest Rinse
“We’re known as a beer-loving country, so it’s no surprise that we find many uses for the brew,” says Munich salon owner Thomas Kemper. “I like to mix a half liter of beer with lukewarm water.” Pour it into a spray bottle and spritz dry hair. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then rinse. Do this weekly to keep strands strong and glossy.
6 Czech Republic: Onion Rinse
To achieve ideal neutral blond highlights Sula suggests this trick, which originated in the pre-hair-product era: “Boil some yellow onion skins, let the water cool, and use it as a rinse.” Boil the skin of 6 onions in 4 cups water for a blond color rinse, the secret of Czech women. We tried it; the rinse doesn’t smell.
To get a rich espresso hue, women in India combine mehndi, a vegetable dye, with coffee grounds or tea leaves. “Mix it all into a paste, then apply to hair,” advises Naegamvala. “The longer it’s left on, the more the color deposits.”
7 Russia: Pamper Your Ponytail
Vodka, caviar and…horse shampoo? “Believe it or not, the latest craze here is surprisingly unfancy and inexpensive,” says Moscow stylist Andre Drykin, who says many Russian women use the equine-formulated Mane ‘n Tail shampoo. “It makes their hair thicker and healthier.”
8 China: Take-Out Tresses
How’s this for too good to be true? You can 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,” says Wong. “It is the ‘healing cuisine’ for Chinese women.” To get your fix, ask for the sesame chicken next time you order take-out.
9 Vietnam: Lush Lotus Treatment
Prevent breakage with a boket, or lotus tree, treatment. “Growing up in a French-Vietnamese household, I learned that the boket, which grows in Southeast Asia is the secret to strong, shiny hair,” says Los Angeles stylist Kim Vo. For a homemade remedy, steep the leaves and use the liquid as a cleanser. Then grind the pods to a thick, buttery consistency and use as a conditioner.
10 Guyana: Sardines for Shiny Hair
You may want to learn to love sardines. “They are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids,” says Guyanese hairstylist Angie Hookumchand. “Eating them will make your hair grow faster and enhance its radiance.” Singer Leona Lewis, who is of Guyanese descent, seems to follow the tip with her shiny, mile-long tresses.
There are few hairstyles as polarizing as bangs. Along with the commitment of styling and getting regular trims, what makes bangs difficult is that there’s so many variations of the style. Not all bangs are created equal, and it’s hard to know which ones will best flatter your face shape.
That’s where our handy guide comes in: We turned to hairstylists for their tips on choosing the best bangs for your face shape. If you’re ready to take the plunge and finally let your stylist cut you a fresh set of fringe.
When you’re at the salon, ask your stylist to snip them just below the brows, leaving the heaviest pieces on the sides so they don’t mask your eyes. The center strands can be feathery as a little forehead peeking through is ideal. Heavy bangs like this need to hit the right place, otherwise, they can easily overwhelm your face.
Gently arching fringe will compliment soft, feminine features. Since bangs can make circular faces appear even fuller, the right shape is key. Request a graphic, curved shape that will flatter your bone structure. Thick bangs rather than wispy versions will make more of an impact.
A heart-shaped face can be a little top heavy. Sideswept bangs have a balancing effect and draw the attention down and towards the eyes. Your ideal shape is layered, feathered bangs where the shortest pieces hit the arch of your eyebrows, and the longest meet the outer corner of your eyes.
Good news for oval face shapes: nearly every type of fringe is flattering on you. That being said, airy, pin-straight ones with accentuate the prettiest parts of your face without feeling bulky. Ask for bangs that hit between the brow and the eyelash and are longer on the edges. That way, you can wear them swept aside or straight with a middle part.
A sloping, asymmetrical fringe will make a short forehead appear stronger and more pronounced. To elongate your brow, ask your stylist to cut your bangs on a steep, swooping angle that blends into cheek-skimming layers. Although this style requires a deep side-part, it’s flattering for a number of face shapes.
Swingy bangs have a double-effect. The style’s thickness conceals the forehead, while the gradual angle opens up and widens the face. Heavy sideswept bangs that start in the center of the forehead and taper diagonally to a cheek-grazing length. It’s ok that these bangs start beyond your natural hairline. They’re substantial and need a good anchor.