We’ve all seen the commercials and we know our hair is supposed to be shiny, voluminous and bouncy. Sadly, for most of us, that’s just not what we find atop our heads, no matter how many expensive shampoos we use or how many times we flip our heads upside down to give our tresses some extra oomph for at least a few fleeting seconds before gravity takes its toll.
The good news is that we don’t have to choose between resigning ourselves to bad hair or an empty bank account. There are plenty of things we can do to give our hair body and life that don’t take thousands of hours or require a magician.
Get in Mad Scientist Mode with Homemade Hair Treatments
People have been talking about homemade hair remedies for generations and they’re in almost every beauty magazine you can buy for good reason – they work! For the most part, these are tried and true solutions for any number of hair woes, frizzy hair, oily hair and yes, even limp hair.
Using an egg treatment is a great beauty ritual for any hair. The yolk is full of fats and proteins and moisturises dry hair, while the whites are full of bacteria-eating enzymes and reduce oil. To give yourself an egg spa treatment, beat two or four eggs, depending on how long your hair is and massage into clean, damp hair. Leave the solution on for thirty minutes, rinse with cool water and wash using your normal shampoo.
For limp hair specifically, people swear by the beer treatment. Yes, this really is legitimate beauty advice and not just an excuse to buy beer. Beer contains large quantities of yeast, which gives your hair added body and lift. To inebriate your tresses, combine half a cup of beer with one teaspoon of canola oil, apply to clean damp hair, leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water. The result will be beautifully full hair; just make sure that you boyfriend doesn’t try to munch on it.
Update Your Cut and Style
For the love of bouncy and vivacious hair, get rid of that mid-length straight across cut! You can do yourself a big favour by either making a few adjustments to your cut or going for a completely new style and you don’t need to visit an expensive salon or stylist to do it.
Layers are a great and simple way to give the appearance of fullness. Go online or in a magazine and find some pictures you like of layered cuts and bring them with you to your next appointment. One step further and better than layers are razored ends. This consists of a stylist who razors just the ends of your hair to make them thinner in order to give the rest of your hair the illusion of thickness. It sounds counterintuitive, but this is the part of the advice that’s magical without requiring a magician; just a good razor.
Wear Someone Else’s Fabulous Hair
What’s one step better than doing the best with what you have? Doing the best with what someone else has, especially if that someone was born with phenomenally thick hair which has tons of body!
If your own locks aren’t responding to your egg or beer treatments and your stylist has given you more layers than a wedding cake but your hair is still limp and dragging, it might be time to consider extensions or a wig.
Whether for everyday use or just on special occasions, wearing real or synthetic hair can be a great way to give yourself that extra confidence needed. Hair extensions are a pretty cost-effective solution and can be worn for a single day or a few weeks, depending on the type of extension and the application. Adding in a few layers of extensions will add depth to your hair and, if you have them cut or made the same length as the rest of your hair, no one will ever even know those layers aren’t your real hair!
If you’d like something a bit more comprehensive than extensions or you don’t want to deal with the pain, yes actual physical pain, of having extensions put in and taken out, you might want to opt for a wig. Human hair wigs are a fantastic way to get the shampoo commercial hair you’ve always dreamed of while still looking natural. Although they can be a bit more expensive than extensions or a new haircut, human hair wigs are naturally voluminous and bouncy and can last for years if cared for properly.
So, get in the kitchen, get to the stylist or get to your local wig shop! No matter what route you choose to go down, just remember that you don’t have to settle for sad limp hair!
Emily Starr is a writer who has a keen interest in beauty and fashion. She suggests finding a supplier of quality human hair wigs as this can be a great way to get the style and length of hair that you want, without undergoing the pain of using hair extensions.