Let’s just say we expect our beauty products to work overtime. Between work and meetings, dinners and weekend getaways, we rely on our trusty arsenal of products to keep us looking fly. And luckily, we’ve sleuthed out several key makeup and skin items that double as hair saviors that keep our handbags whittled down to just the essentials. Below, six double duty beauty products that work wonders for hair.
Our clear-mascara memories are what 90s dreams are made of. It used to be a mainstay in our makeup bag when we first started experimenting with beauty and nowadays, it continues to be a popular product because it can naturally accent your lashes without any nasty under eye residue at the end of a long day. Clear mascara’s secret power is that it can also be used to give updos a perfectly natural finish. Oftentimes, hairspray can remove mobility from an updo and, in these instances, clear mascara can save the day in a pinch. Run the wand through any unruly baby hairs and/or flyaways to perfect your updo without sacrificing natural movement.
Natural, high-quality oils can act like Gatorade for our skin. These super-hydrators have many beauty benefits including reducing wrinkles, protecting skin and giving you a glowy finish. If you want your face oil purchase to go into double time, we suggest using this dry-end hack. Immediately after exiting the shower, towel dry hair and apply a few drops of your face oil to your dry, split ends. Allow for the oil to be naturally absorbed before you continue styling.
No matter how responsible we try to be with our color appointments, life always gets in the way. Instead of walking around with roots the size of your pinky, use this genius hair hack with a product that is likely already in your makeup arsenal- an eyebrow kit. To start, style your hair as you normally would. Saturate the brush included in your kit with the eyebrow formula (preferably powder) closest to your hair color shade. Run the brush through your part in quick strokes to create the illusion of newly colored hair.
Washing your hair daily is not an option when you are a serial snoozer. This brilliant hack will have you out of bed with a fresh coife in no time, especially after a night out. In order to remove all party-related scents (we are looking at you cigarettes- yuck!) that you may have picked up the evening before, run a natural deodorant wipe through your hair. Part your whole head of hair at various angles and let the wipe run through. Make sure to only do this with natural wipes as more chemical-laden ones can end up over-drying tresses.
Colorless powder can be a godsend for any makeup kit. Not only can it smooth out pores, it can stop shine on its tracks and prologue lipstick wear. If you don’t already stock up on this product, this next hair hack will have you running to your nearest beauty store for a bottle! Whenever you find your hair getting oily or your hairdo loosing oomph, spray translucent powder on your crown as if you were applying dry shampoo. Translucent powder formulas usually contain talc and this ingredient will easily sop up any extra oil your scalp has produced giving your tresses a much-needed refresher.
If you are looking for the illusion of thicker hair, look no further than that old, matte eyeshadow lurking in your makeup drawer. Instead of purchasing expensive alternatives that are marketed for hair-thickening purposes, grab your favorite eyeshadow brush and get to work. Aim for an eyeshadow with a color one or two shades darker than your actual hair. Saturate your brush with the powder eyeshadow and start shading-in along your hair part. Don’t apply too much pressure and avoid water or any other wet substance that can wash off the color. Voila! You’ve achieved the appearance of fuller, thicker hair in no time.