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This column reveals the personal beauty recipes, homegrown remedies, and family concoctions that the industry’s trusted pros rely on for staying radiant.
From the Kitchen of: Sharon Dorram, colorist and founder of Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger
“I remember in high school, my sister and I would literally place our heads to the ironing board in the kitchen and iron our hair straight. Who would do that now? But at that time, before keratin treatments, it was how you could get wavy hair straight. Later in my 20s, I was done with ironing my hair and decided to perm it. It was the only time I ever did this, and the chemicals fried my hair. I remember someone told me to apply vitamin E as a remedy, so I globbed it on, covered my hair in a bandanna, and then slept with it on overnight—and surprisingly, it completely restored my [strands]. This recipe is inspired by those days. I love vitamin E because it makes your hair resilient and shinier, and as an added bonus in the summer, it removes any green tinge from your hair if you’ve been swimming in the pool.”
One for the Recipe Box: The Cure-All Hair Treatment
“Add the vitamin E to the cream oil, mix together, and apply to dry hair. Leave this blend on for fifteen to twenty minutes. You can sit under a hood dryer or wrap your hair in a steamed towel to help it absorb, and if your hair is really damaged, you can let this treatment soak in overnight. Another option is to just apply the vitamin E drops to your favorite conditioning mask—mine is Kérastase Masque Elixir Ultime—for an extra nourishing boost. Either way, aim to do this recipe once a month, or weekly if your hair is very dry. Afterward, you’ll notice more elasticity, and your highlights will look brighter, too. Color always looks better when the hair is healthy.”
With the end of August drawing near (three weeks until New York fashion week, which is kind of like back to school for Style.com; personally I’m headed back to Howard University for senior year), my curls are fried from one too many weekends on the beach. Enter L’Occitane‘s Aromachologie Repairing Hair Collection, which includes a shampoo, conditioner, oil, and mask that boast a blend of five oils (geranium, lavender, ylang-ylang, sweet orange, and angelica) and plant-based amino acids. While I’ve always believed oils to be greasy and heavy (even on my coarse hair), these products seeped in and washed out without leaving behind any residue. The shampoo is free of flattening silicones and smells delightfully earthy (but surprisingly fresh), while the conditioner is infused with softening sweet almond oil. But my new must-have for hitting the rewind button on sun-drenched strands is the Repairing Mask, which contains creamy shea butter and is light enough to use daily. To seal the deal, I added a few drops of the Repairing Oil on just my ends to control frizz and flyaways.