If greasy hair is your beauty nemesis, it might be because you’ve been washing your hair wrong all along. The secret, at least according to a some TikTok hair influencers? Micellar water.
That’s right, TikTok has presented us with yet another supposed hair hack—and this time it’s for all those oily-scalped folks out there. According to one viral video, the key to non-greasy lengths is rinsing your hair with micellar water before shampooing. Who knew?
Abbey Yung first tried out the technique back in April, and the video has since picked up 1.2 million views. In the clip, she pours micellar water over the top of her head before shampooing twice, saying, “I applied the micellar water directly to my scalp and evenly saturated my roots… [and] massage it in.”
Showing off her results once her hair was dry, she said, “WOW my hair feels SO clean. Also so soft and shiny! I’m obsessed.”
Another TikToker, Daniela Flores, has shared that she likes to spritz a micellar water product to refresh the roots of her curly hair, rather than washing it. “I am just now finding out about this technology, but it’s the tea!!” she’s captioned her own video.
In theory, micellar technology could be beneficial for greasy hair or product build up considering it’s used in a similar way on the skin. Micellar water is made up of micelles—that is, tiny cleansing balls suspended in water—which attract oily substances and draw them away from the skin. Or, it seems, hair. That’s why it’s not so surprising that some have found them to be clarifying as a hair treatment.
However—as many have pointed out—dousing your hair in micellar water every time you shampoo isn’t exactly cost-effective or eco-friendly, for that matter. For a homemade alternative, you could try an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Simply mix 3-4 tablespoons with around 2 cups water. Micellar-infused shampoo also exists, which could potentially give you the benefit of the technology without having to use so much product.
We’ve rounded up some micellar waters, shampoos, and treatments below…
This post was originally published on Glamour UK.
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