How To Use All That Leftover New Year's Booze To Pretty Up Your Hair

After what feels like a month-long bender, you probably don't even want to see alcohol right now. But, somehow, you still have a lot of it sitting around your house. What to do with all this leftover booze? How about a DIY hair treatment?
Alcohol is a longtime industry beauty secret of models and notables (probably discovered after many a late-night party,) with supermodel Eva Herzigova recently copping to the Telegraph that she's been lightening her blonde strands with vodka for years — and clearly she's doing something right.
Before you reach for any random leftover bottle, you'll need to know exactly what types of alcohol will boost your hair to its beautiful best. After all, who needs a bad-hair hangover? We called some of our favorite industry experts to get the cocktail recipes that will make your mane look magnificent. That's right: A perfect hair day is only a shot glass away.
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Far and away, this was our experts' favorite boozy beauty secret. "It lowers the pH of your hair, which in turn seals your cuticle, creating lots of shine and reduced frizz," advises Emiliy Heser, senior stylist for Cutler Salon. She advises adding a shot to your conditioner for a boozy boost of benefits. Janelle Chaplin, creative director for Original & Mineral, advises pouring vodka into a spray bottle and misting strands before a blowdry. "It adds volume and shine," she says.

Kattia Solano, owner of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York, loves enhancing naturally lighter hair with a mixture of vodka and lemon juice, but the benefits don't stop there. Solano recommends mixing 1/2 cup of sparkling water with 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and the juice from a quarter of a lemon in a spray bottle to make a "hair spritzer" to remove buildup and refresh your strands. Spritz the mix from roots to ends until fully saturated, lightly massage for a couple of minutes, then rinse thoroughly and follow with a cleansing shampoo and your favorite hair mask.
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"There are benefits to washing hair with beer," says Oscar Blandi, celebrity stylist and owner of the Oscar Blandi Salon in NYC. "It contains natural ingredients (vitamin B, hops, maltose, and sucrose, to name a few) that hydrate the hair and tighten the cuticle. It helps it to appear softer, thicker, and glossier after blowdrying."

How do you use it? "In the old days, they used to do roller sets with beer," says hair expert Philip B. "I'd use it as a rinse after you shampoo and condition. Leave it on for three minutes, then rinse it out thoroughly with cool water. That way, you get all the benefits of shinier, bouncier, more touchable hair without having to smell like a frat party!"

When it comes to a particular type of beer, multiple hairstylists recommending grabbing a Bud. "I've heard beer, especially Budweiser, can help give your hair more shine," says Matrix celebrity hairstylist George Papanikolas. "The protein from the malt and hops help repair the hair."
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You've heard of champagne blondes, and evidently, gals with great hair have been hitting the bubbly in more ways than one for decades. "A champagne rinse is a natural body builder and can work wonders for brightening blondes," advises Phillip B. "The sugar acids in the champagne help break down product buildup, so your color looks clearer, and the alcohol enhances volume. Caveat: The alcohol can also make your hair feel drier. Rinse off after no longer than three minutes, follow with a light conditioner, and rinse again."
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Soda and Teas
You don't have to imbibe to get in on the beverage beauty game; non-alcoholic beverages like teas and sodas have great benefits, too. "Soda contains salt, so it can be a great volume booster, similar to seawater," claims Phillip B. "The catch is that you risk drying out your hair."

In that case, he advises using a rinse made of unsweetened tea: "It will leave your hair glossier and, depending on the shade of tea you brew, can temporarily enhance your color. I once used a black-tea rinse on a brunette client and it definitely turned her hair darker — the effect was beautiful. Lighter brews, like chamomile, just add a nice shine."
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