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Do Bizarre Hair Treatments Like Beer and Mayo Actually Work?

I'm not really into the whole DIY thing—I blame my dad, who always seemed to turn a simple task like putting up a shelf into a disaster. Some people just shouldn't do DIY and we're those people.

That being said, it's my job to take an interest in all areas of beauty so I was keen to read what trichologist Philip Kingsley had to say about weird and wacky hair and scalp treatments. Are beer, bananas or tomato sauce really a better remedy than my beloved Clairol Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Treatment Mask ($7.99)?

Bananas: This one's a no. Unfortunately, bananas won't penetrate the hair, so "you'd be far better off eating it," Kingsley declared.

Beer: Once the booze part of the beer evaporates, you are left with extra body. However there's no getting around it: you'll smell like an alco. Which will go down real well with the big boss man.

Keep reading . . .Witch Hazel: "It's a really good way of lessening oil flow to the scalp," said Kingsley, adding, "You have to leave it on for a while to have an effect, but this is a pretty good one and, unlike most of the others, it does work."

Tomato Sauce: If you're a blonde whose hair turns green after swimming, Kingsley has an explanation. It's actually the result of the algae-killing ingredient, copper sulphate, and here's what he had to say about this unusual at-home remedy of ketchup: "As red and green are opposites on the colour spectrum, it seems that ketchup can neutralise the copper sulphate's colour after an hour or so. A warning, though—it doesn't always work."

Olive Oil: Unless you create an emulsion of olive oil and water, which easily penetrates into the hair, olive oil alone isn't the greatest idea. "Olive Oil straight from the bottle will just sit on the hair and make it look like you've been caught in a rain storm."

Mayonnaise: Since it's got water, oil, water and waxes, mayo is actually a decent conditioner. Who knew?

Stockists: Clairol Herbal Essences (1800 028 280)

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