You’ve heard the hair tricks from the oldie days. Brushing it 100 times makes it shiny (actually it doesn’t…it causes split ends). There’s the beer rinse.  It’s supposed to leave you with shiny hair, instead it leaves you smelling like you just got up from your face-down location in an alley outside a bar. Pretty.

And of course there’s slathering your hair with mayo for an incredible conditioning. Easy, yes? Nasty, also yes. It smells and it’s greasy, but I guess this is why it works. It’s has an oil base, hence the shine and the grease.

I got this great recipe from Philip Berkovitz, founder of Philip B. hair products. It’s a great way to get shine without smelling like lunch.

Apply a cup of mayonnaise mixed with a teaspoon of vanilla extract (to cut the sandwich scent) to dry, unwashed hair. Cover your head with a warm towel to help the mayonnaise penetrate, and leave it on for 20 minutes. Before you step into the shower, apply a heaping handful of shampoo to your hair. Don’t add any water yet; just massage it in thoroughly for several minutes to break down the excess oil. Rinse with cool water in the shower and your hair will come out shiny and silky.

If the idea of putting a condiment in your hair makes you queasy, turn to a rich glossing treatment. I like Phytonectar Ultra-Nourishing Oil Treatment. It has egg yolk and oils. Basically, that’s mayo.