Being beautiful: Hair potions from your very own cauldron

October 20, 2012 6:41:19 PM

David Creel -


It's almost time for Halloween, so why not try some homemade potions concocted in your very own cauldron without a witch in sight?  


If you are expecting tricks and treats, you are out of luck because that's next week's column. Instead, put on your apron for some foolin' around in the kitchen, no magic spells needed, just a few basic ingredients from the pantry or refrigerator. I promise there are no recipes that conjure up spirits. 


For as long as I can remember being knee-high to a grasshopper, my mama has been smearing mayonnaise, eggs and olive oil on everything from the '70's beehives to the '80's perms, with homemade hair rituals all her own. I can't smell a turkey and mayo sandwich today without the memory of my mama smelling like Hellmann's mayonnaise, and as far as my daddy was concerned, those eggs would have been better served sunnyside-up or over-easy.  


If your hair is dry, dull or just lacks luster, whip up these tried-and-true good luck charms into a paste, put it all over the hair from roots to ends, leave on for 20 minutes, and shampoo twice for some bewitching beauty.  


Another surefire elixir for hair that lacks shine is natural lemon juice, but mix it with equal amounts of freshly squeezed lime for extra aromatherapy. Put it all over freshly shampooed hair while still damp, comb with a wide-toothed detangler, leave on for three to five minutes, and rinse thoroughly. It's the best exfoliator for getting rid the "gunk" left on hair from hard water, pollutants and styling product buildup that can create a heavy, dulling layer on the surface of the hair. Spooky, I know.  


Good old-fashioned baking soda is also a classic for scaring away unwanted things that stick around, especially all that hairspray goop. Simply mix a bit of water with baking soda, mash into a paste, and paint it on while in the shower before shampooing. Follow these instructions and, poof, bad buildup "be gone" like a magician's vanishing act. 


So, when it comes to October, there really is no need for frighteningly frizzy and frazzled hair. It's as simple as saying "abracadabra" and adding some kitchen brew conjured up by none other than you. By using some of these potions, you are bound to be hauntingly more beautiful by All Hallows Eve.

Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at [email protected]