A bottle of coke is all you need to texturize your hair for an undone beachy look. This is what you are made to believe by the infamous Coca-Cola hair rinse practice trending on YouTube, Pinterest, and other beauty blogs. If you are experimental enough, the chances are big that you have already tried this hair hack. If not, you must read this piece to reveal whether this fun trick can actually give you supermodel-like hair or not. So today, let’s talk about Coca-Cola hair rinse. Does it really give perfect tousled locks as per the hype? Uncover the truth here:
Where Did It Come From?
Well, rinsing hair with soda is a year old concept. If you do your own research, you can find that there are lots of beauty bloggers who discussed the benefits of using fizzy soda on hair and that too years before this trend became viral. However, people started taking the suggestion seriously once the British model-cum-actress Suki Waterhouse talked about the Coca-Cola hair rinse in one of her interviews with Us Weekly. When asked about her gorgeous, red carpet-ready, lightly tousled waves, she replied, “I don’t like my hair when it’s washed — it’s fine and limp — but Coca-Cola makes it tousled, like I’ve gone through the Amazon or something,” Suki’s unconventional way of using sticky soda might sound like a pretty bizarre trick, but she claimed that it gives her perfect locks by adding right texture and volume to them.
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What Is The Fuss All About?
While Coca-Cola is mostly known as a soft drink around the world, its use as a texturizing hair product is quite surprising. However, Suki’s theory has made numerous girls with fine, straight, and limp hair interested in trying the Cola rinse to get soft, defined, ‘just-rolled-out-of-bed’ strands with minimal efforts. Here is what you actually you need to do for it:
- Pour 1 or 2 bottles (based on the length and volume of your hair) of Coca-Cola straight on your head. Make sure that all your hair is saturated well with the soft drink. Also, try to pour the beverage all over your head so that each part gets it in equal amount and you are left with a uniform result.
- Once you pour Coke onto your hair, it turns into a sugary mess with extreme stickiness straight away. This is because the liquid is loaded with sugar, which leaves a gummy (sometimes even crusty) film / residue around the strands easily. It also makes the hair smell like Coke at least for some time (the smell goes away as you start washing). However, you need to wait for a good 5 to 10 minutes before you proceed with rinsing.
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- Then, wash your hair with regular water and a mild shampoo. You might need to spend 3 to 5 minutes under water in order to rinse the soda out of your hair completely. People skip the shampoo to see what the Cola itself can do to the hair, but it might turn your hair hard and clumpy after drying. So, we recommend you to use a shampoo that will be gentle enough for your hair but stay away from conditioner as well as other products.
- Absorb the excess water from your dripping wet hair with a soft cotton t-shirt and let it air dry to some extent. At this time, you can comb your hair once carefully with a wide-toothed comb in order to get rid of tangles. Then, flip your head over and blast your hair roots with a blow-dryer for a couple of minutes. Voila!
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How Does Coca-Cola Work On Hair?
According to HairFinder.com, “Coca-Cola contains phosphoric acid. This means that the solution of Coca-Cola has a very low pH level (Coca Cola Classic has a pH of 2.5). As an acidic solution, when applied to the hair, it causes the cuticle of the hair to contract (or tighten) and will make the hair appear smoother and shinier. This also means that the hair (particularly hair prone to curl) will have its natural curl enhanced.”
To be more precise, Coca-Cola doesn’t create curls in our hair. Rather, it defines the natural waves or curls and brings them out by transforming the hair texture totally. It also adds ‘body’ to the hair and makes it look fuller. However, it doesn’t keep the scalp clean and healthy. The sugar and corn syrup present in the beverage makes the hair sticky and forms build-ups by attracting more dirt and dust. Hence, this rinsing practice might be harmful to our scalp in long term. You may also end up getting fragile hair over time.
While Coca-Cola hair rinse is a quite a thing these days, you must do enough research on it and use your own judgment to decide on whether it is going to be a fail or a holy grail for you. So, are you game to give your hair an effortlessly cool look with this hack?