- There are tons of new beauty products to try every week, but there are some classic beauty tricks that are best to stick with.
- We spoke to hair and beauty experts to see what beauty tricks/trends they think still work.
- From oatmeal to olive oil, these are some old school tricks to bring back.
With the beauty industry booming, it can be tempting to want to try every new product that comes along. Although industry experts do enjoy staying up to date on their craft, they all have tried-and-true methods that they use no matter what the next big thing is.
INSIDER consulted hair and beauty experts on the old-school tips that they still use to this day. Some of these tricks are passed down from generations and even trump the lessons and hacks from beauty school.
Here is the best old-school beauty advice that professionals swear by.
Brushing your hair with a boar bristle brush at night eliminates frizz and sets the tone for a great hair day
Shaun Surething, lead stylist and co-owner of Seagull Hair Salon in NYC is a devout follower of this pre-beauty school tip.
“Though an outdated and seemingly silly idea, brushing your hair at night before you go to bed with a natural-bristle brush is totally a real thing. It helps distribute the natural oils that your scalp generates during the day, which is the most effective and organic way to condition hair and smooth the cuticles before sleep; this results in shiny and healthy hair when you wake up. The Mason Pearson brush, created in 1885 is the best and the time tried-and-true brush, but there are many more affordable options on the market today.”
Satin pillowcases can also eliminate frizz
Surething told INSIDER, “satin pillowcases allow the hair to glide freely as you toss and turn in the night. Other fibers will snag the hair, resulting in frizzy locks and split ends that are damaging and more difficult to manage the next morning.”
Vaseline can be a savior for dry lips
“My old school beauty tip for everyone across the board is to use Vaseline morning and night on your lips,” said Sherry Ratay, celebrity colorist. “This will keep your lips soft, for the eyes and the touch. Nothing’s worse than having lips that look dry as well as kissing or receiving a kiss from someone that has dry lips.”
A light tease in the morning could prevent an oily scalp
Ratay shared a tip for preventing oily build-up at the scalp. “After you finish blow-drying your hair, do a very light tease at the foundation to keep the hair off of the scalp area. This will keep any of the oil that is accumulated over a period of time off of the hair shaft.”
Hairspray is the ultimate fix
Britnee Bartlett, Utah-based hair stylist who grew up in a family of hairstylists said: “Hairspray does EVERYTHING – fixes flyaways, static, creates volume, hold…” It can also be used to stop runs in tights or set nails quickly. Though there may be some fancier products nowadays that claim to give a strong hold, it can’t be beat.
Sometimes you need to take a break, even from the basics
Fae Norris, a Los Angeles hairstylist, advocates for occasionally giving skin a break. “In estheticians’ school, the regimen taught was wash, tone, apply serum and then eye cream, lotion, and sunscreen in the day and retinol at night. This all works well in the short term, but I’ve found, and have seen, that it’s wise to put that all to the side on occasion and give your skin a break. It’s like hitting a restart button on your face.”
Olive oil hydrates and removes make-up
“From Gramma to Mom to me, my old school, ‘go-to’ for removing makeup is extra virgin olive oil applied with a cotton ball and followed up with a mild cleanser. It really works to keep skin hydrated,” Norris told INSIDER, “Gramma is 92 and radiates.”
Olive oil contains antioxidants, vitamins A, D, K, and E, and an exceedingly high concentration of squalene, which promotes skin health.
Removing peach fuzz is an ancient trick to a smoother makeup application
“One tip I learned from Gramma’s travels [to Japan] is how to handle peach fuzz,” Norris said. At-home dermaplaning is ubiquitous in many Asian cultures and was used by American stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe. “She used a tiny razor to gently shave away the fuzz followed by exfoliating. I still do it and the hair doesn’t grow back any thicker.”
For those with tough scalps, there’s an alternative to conditioner
“My mom grew up in Michigan and in the cold, dry winters she would use liquid fabric softener instead of conditioner on her hair!” said Norris. “A static stopper for sure. Probably not the best call for those with sensitive skin but in small doses, on occasion, it really works!”
Rosemary can lead to hair growth
Celebrity hair extension specialist, Cindy Lopez uses this organic DIY trick. “As a kid, my mom would put rosemary leaves in our shampoo and let it sit in the sun for about a week to promote hair growth.” In a recent study, rosemary oil was found to be just as effective as minoxidil (the active ingredient in Rogaine) in stimulating hair growth in alopecia patients.
Coconut oil can be an effective and hydrating DIY hair mask
“Using coconut oil as a mask in your hair is a simple trick to moisturize and hydrate,” said Lopez. “However, make sure to shampoo your hair twice [after using the mask] to ensure the excess oil has been removed. Leaving on excess oil and then using a blow dryer and/or flat iron can cause damage.”
Some swear by drinking all-natural aloe vera juice from the plant
Ona Diaz-Santin, a hair stylist in NYC who specializes in curls, drinks aloe vera juice right from the plant. “My mom would always say ‘it’ll help with my skin, nails, hair, and organs in one shot.’ I truly believe in this because I have seen the results from doing this and will be passing it down to my clients and kids. And it tastes great when it’s cold!” In moderation, some experts believe aloe vera may improve hair and skin health.
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