Italian women have awesome hair. (See the Missoni family above). Their locks are always glossy and healthy-looking. Many Italian women have wavy or curly hair, but their hair never looks frizzy or has a lot of fly-aways. Finally, on one of my last nights in Rome, my family had dinner with one of my father’s Italian co-workers and, to my glee, she had the same beautiful, glossy waves that I’d been seeing around town. To my credit, I waited until after our drinks were served to grill her about her hair, but I have to admit it took a lot of self control.
She looked a little bit embarrassed, but was more than happy to talk to me about her hair. The first thing she credited was the water in Italy, saying that when she lived in America her hair was not as nice. This hurt my soul a little bit because, well, I can’t move to Italy (though I’d be more than happy to). Then she told me that instead of conditioner, she does a home-made hair mask two-to-three times a week. I perked up immediately, if I couldn’t have Italian water at least I could have an Italian hair treatment!
She mixes one cup of plain, whole milk yoghurt with one teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and applies the mask after she’s washed her hair. The mask sits for five minutes and is then rinsed out. I tried this the day after I got back to the U.S. It’s amazing! My hair is now glossier and softer than ever. The best part is, it’s super easy!