Healthy hair does not have to be an expensive endeavor! Here are a few common kitchen (and wine cellar) items that can help boost your hair’s bounce and shine…

Mediterranean elixir: Slightly warm one-half cup of olive oil. Put it in a four-ounce eyedropper bottle, and let it stand in very hot water for a few minutes. You may want to add a few drops of an extract such as vanilla or almond to make it more fragrant. Then, using the eyedropper, squirt the warm oil all over your hair and massage the oil into your scalp. Once your whole head is covered, you can shampoo the oil out. No need to let it sit. Do this once a week, or more often, for lustrous, healthy hair.

Eggs-actly what your hair needs: If your hair seems dull and damaged from too many treatments, put it on a chemical fast. Don’t use store-bought shampoo, conditioner, gel, hairspray (or dye or straightener, of course) for two weeks. Use a daily raw egg treatment instead of shampoo to repair the damage. Blend one raw egg with a little water, and massage into dry hair. Leave on for 10 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with warm water. Finish with a cool-water rinse. After your two-week regime (or sooner), your hair should be silky smooth and ready to charm. Give your hair the egg treatment whenever you need a chemical-free deep condition.

Bubbly for your locks: If you want to give all that extra hair some body and bounce, add one teaspoon of champagne to two tablespoons of your regular shampoo. Work it into your hair, washing and rinsing as usual. (You can also rinse with a bit of champagne after shampooing.) The carbonation should help make your hair livelier, and the tartaric acid in the champagne will bring out your hair’s natural highlights. What a great excuse to pop open some bubbly (as if you needed one)!

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