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The 5 weirdest things you can put on your hair to improve it

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There are some weird things you can put on your hair to increase shine, length or strength, but beer? Coca Cola?! We were a little surprised to learn about some of the weird things you can put on your hair, and that these things are actually beneficial to your tresses. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out some of these DIY hair treatments. You never know if you could find your next holy grail hair product.

Beer

Turns out beer is good for more than having with a burger before a night out. In order to soak up the benefits of beer into your hair, let it sit out overnight or during the day until it is flat. The carbon dioxide that comes in the beer originally can interfere with your shampoo, and also make your hair look frizzy and dry. Once it is flat, shampoo your hair just as you normally would, but skip conditioner. Next, rinse your hair with the beer and massage it into your scalp. Let it sit there while you shave and finish up in the shower. Lightly rinse the beer out, but try to leave a little on your hair to get the most out of it. If you’re afraid of smelling like beer for the next few days, use a fragrant conditioner to counter-act the stench. If you want, you can even add a few drops of essential oils to the beer to add a bit more moisture. Doing this just a few times a week will add shine and bounce to your hair, who doesn’t want more of that?

Coca Cola

Okay, this one is weird. Putting sticky soda on my hair doesn’t sound too appealing. However, if you have naturally curly or wavy hair, doing this might enhance your curls even more. Coke contains phosphoric acid, which means it has a very low pH level and is very acidic. Applying this to your hair makes the cuticles of your hair tighten up and appear more smooth. Just like with the beer, let the Coke sit out and become flat before you use it. Once it’s ready, rinse it through all of your hair either in the shower or in the sink. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, and then shampoo it all away. If you don’t use shampoo after, a sticky sugary residue will be left on your hair, ew. Let it dry naturally (and scrunch it if you want) to reveal beautiful waves or curls.

Eggs

When you’re not cooking or baking with them, eggs can be a miracle worker for your hair. The protein and lecithin in egg yolks can offer strengthening and silkening properties that no other high-end hair mask can. Simply mix one or two egg yolks (depending on the length of your hair) with one or two tablespoons of olive oil. Add some water if you want, to make the mixture thinner and easier to distribute throughout your hair. Then, add it to just your ends or the entire length of your hair, whatever you prefer. Leave it on as long as possible, but for at least an hour. Once you can’t stand it anymore, wash it out with your regular shampoo and go about styling it just as you normally would. After a few times using this mask, your hair should feel moisturized and silky—all with things you probably already have in your kitchen.

Cornstarch

This one is super simple, but also kind of weird. If your roots are oily and you’re out of shampoo (the worst combination known to man) pull out some cornstarch! Sprinkle a bit on your roots throughout your scalp and massage it in just like you would with a dry shampoo. Grease is gone, and your hair is fresh again. You’re welcome.

Baking soda & apple cider vinegar

If you find that your hair is feeling a little grimy from using lots of product, try making this mixture to detox it. Mix baking soda with water to make a thin paste, and massage it through your hair. After rinsing with water, rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar. The first time you do this it might feel a bit weird, but just wait until you see the results. This completely natural way of cleansing your hair takes all of the chemicals out of store-bought shampoo, and your hair will thank you.

Lauren is a part-time editorial and graphic contributor at 301 Digital Media who has a strange obsession with cats and a love for Drake that will never be reciprocated. Follow her on Instagram: @lpetermeyer