Zachary Morad Mar 21, 2014
past to present hair tricks

Over the years, the beauty industry has drastically changed — new improvements and technology are becoming available to us just about every day. However, that doesn't mean that all of what was practiced in the past has become obsolete. Many of the women of the past had gorgeous, flowing locks that many women still covet now. Here are some of my favorite regimens from the past that can help you maintain beautiful healthy hair today.

Give It Life

A standard vintage hair care regimen for many women would be to wash their hair and then saturate it in oil. They would then take a towel that they have soaked in hot water and wrap it around their hair until the towel had completely cooled. This regimen is still very useful today and I often use it on my clients in the salon, as well as teach them how to do it themselves at home. Here’s my modern take on this technique: First, what you want to do it make sure your hair is thoroughly cleansed — I always recommend shampooing your hair twice. After shampooing, squeeze out any excess water from your hair. Now, apply your favorite hair masque or treatment; Kérastase Nutri Thermique is a great nutrition-based hair treatment that will provide moisture as well as nourishment for your strands. Next, take a towel that you have soaked in hot water (safety comes first, so wring out your towel and make sure it is isn’t too hot) and wrap your hair in the warm towel. Let it sit until the towel and your hair have cooled completely. When you remove the towel, you'll notice the masque has been completely absorbed into your hair. Rinse the excess product out thoroughly and repeat every other week to keep you hair healthy, nourished and split-end free!

Give It A Rinse

One of the oldest and simplest hair care tricks is also one of the most shocking…but not in the way that you would think. While an ice cold hair rinse may seem like a cruel form of torture, it’s actually a fantastic way to give your hair a high-shine finish while stimulating your hair follicle, which promotes healthier hair growth. Simply follow your normal wash-and-condition routine with a quick rinse of cold water. The cold water running through your hair slams the cuticle of your hair shut, creating shine as well as locking in any conditioners and treatments and even extending the life of your color.

Give It Lift

For decades, women have donned rollers in their hair and endured hair dryers for hours to achieve volume and body. They would apply a setting lotion to their wet hair and then wrap their strands tightly around rollers before sitting under a hood-shaped dryer until their locks dried. Needless to say, this process was very time consuming. I often recommend using rollers because the amount of lift and overall body that you get is unsurpassed by any other method. However, if you don’t have hours to spend on your hair (let’s face it — most women won’t), here’s a more time-efficient method: Blow-dry your hair with a round brush in sections and once a section is dry, wrap it tightly around a velcro roller. Let it sit until all of your hair has cooled down, then spray it with a light hairspray such as MoroccanOil Luminous Hairspray to set things in place. Your results will be just as voluminous and glamorous in half the time!

Give It Shine

The tools you use on your hair are very important. The most important one? Your hairbrush — after all, it’s the one thing touching your locks on the daily. In the past, women made brushing their hair daily a priority in their routine. They would use natural boar hair bristles to brush from roots to the ends of their hair, spreading out their natural oils. They would also focus on their scalp for a period of time, which can promote cellular turnover by exfoliating dead skin cells and stimulate your hair follicle to promote growth. Brushing your hair like this is a technique all women should still use today. And choose your brush wisely — a natural bristle brush such as boar hair is not only gentle on your hair but will also give it a lustrous shine. Working these regimens into your routine is an easy way to keep your hair looking soft, shiny and bouncy. They’ll work for just about anyone and will create a noticeable difference in the overall appearance and health of your hair. Take a lesson from the ladies of the past and live beautifully today!

Have you ever used any of these hair tricks? Any hair techniques you swear by?
Tell us in the comments!


About the Author:Zachary is a New York-based hair stylist with an A-list client roster that's included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Janice Dickinson and Nicole Miller (to name a few).

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