At-Home Hacks You'd Only Hear at a Southern Beauty Parlor

Salon-worthy hair at a fraction of the cost.

Getting Hair Styled at the Saks Beauty Shop
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We all wish we could have hair that looks straight off the beauty parlor chair every day, but unfortunately that's only in our wistful beauty dreams. In the South, we face seasonal mood swings from our hair that leave us reeling. In the summer, we fight the seething humidity and frizzy locks. In the winter, our hair decides it might relish the respite from the heat with waking up dry and dull. And no matter the season, we struggle for bounce and silkiness. There's a lot that goes into being a Southern woman, and we try our best to know what works and what doesn't to keep things simple—but our hair just doesn't always want to cooperate. So, you see why we can't help but fantasize about having salon-worthy hair daily. At the beauty parlor, they have the tips, tricks, and know-how to work out the hair issues we loathe to deal with ourselves. Luckily, a little bird chirped in our ear about some secrets to great hair that only come straight from the pros. These unconventional tips will help you handle your hair worries in no time.

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1. Add Bounce

Crush an aspirin into a tablespoon of shampoo; the salicylic acid amps up the shine and removes excess coating on the hair, making it extra big and bouncy.

2. Deep Condition

Massage a dollop of Duke's mayo into the lower half of your strands, and leave it in for five minutes before shampooing.

3. Boost Shine

Avocados grow in many parts of the South and make the ideal post-shampoo treatment. Mash the ripe fruit, leave in your hair for 10 minutes, and rinse.

4. Fight Frizz

Sleep on a silk pillowcase to keep humidity-induced frizziness at bay.

5. Maximize Height

To get a Texas-size blowout without a stylist, blow-dry your hair upside down and then back-comb until your arm aches.

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