Try This 'Cocktail' for the Shiniest Hair of Your Life

Proving yet again that vodka is the best drink ever.
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Proving yet again that vodka is the best drink ever.

Everyone loves a creative hack. In the beauty world, there are tons of time-saving, money-saving ways to re-purpose products, plus techniques you can try that don't require you to have the makeup brush prowess of Pat McGrath. For this weekly feature, we will pick the brains of beauty's best and brightest to try to make your life easier.

Mmmmm. Photo: iStock

Mmmmm. Photo: iStock

Many women dream of shiny, bouncy, Gisele-like hair.  Thanks to everyone's favorite clear alcoholic beverage -- I speak of vodka, of course -- this dream can now be yours, at least for a single day. 

The founders of R+Co. Howard McLaren is far right. Photo: Courtesy R + Co

The founders of R+Co. Howard McLaren is far right. Photo: Courtesy R + Co

A few weeks ago I was at the launch for a new hair care line, R + Co, which features products conceptualized by not one but three powerhouse hair stylists: Garren, Howard McLaren and Thom Priano. (The line is beautifully packaged and loaded with innovative products.) At the event, I struck up a conversation with McLaren, who was formerly a creative director at Bumble and Bumble. What started out as a fascinating conversation about DIY hair products based on a book he has  from 1915 -- he later sent me a scan of a horrifying recipe using bear grease as pomade -- quickly progressed to a recommendation to put vodka in my hair. 

According to McLaren, dumping a shot of vodka on your wet hair before you dry it will give you "the shiniest hair you've ever had." Historically a lot of hair care products have contained alcohol, but the one downside to alcohol is that it dries your hair out. Which is why he recommended saving it for a special occasion when you really need to (sorry) shine. Photo shoot? Party? Appearance at Cannes? Grab the Grey Goose. But after that, go back to your more conventional shine-inducing products if you don't want straw-like strands. (Try this.)  I'd also avoid using any citrus-scented products after the vodka treatment, unless you want to smell like a gimlet. 

Bottoms up. 

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