An Uptown woman from Downtown New York, Bethenny Frankel is a modern day reality star success story, which can be few and far between. This brassy woman has ricocheted to success from her original stint on Bravo's TV reality hit, Real HouseWives of New York,
then splintering from the group to have her own
reality TV series Bethenny Ever After
, followed by her own daytime talk show, a series of books on self-improvement and relationships, and oh and along the way the svelt Frankel launched the Skinny Girl empire which features her signature low-calorie Skinny Girl cocktail mixes and even a line of healthy snacks.
Bethenny Frankel is definitely kicking butt and taking names, speaking to a massive audience on her website
, which features recipes, beauty tips, financial advice, relationship goals, and more for modern-women. We, for one, are reading her beauty and style advice particularly closely, as we envy her casual chic NY gal flair.
One of her recent tips that caught our eye is her unique haircare routine, which involves washing her hair just once every five days! What's her reasoning? Well, your scalp naturally produces sebum, a natural oil that lubricates the hair shaft. Every time you wash your hair squeaky clean, you strip your body of its natural conditioner. Makes sense, doesn't it?
Of course, how often you wash your hair depends entirely on your hair texture and type, as well as your lifestyle. If you work out regularly, have extremely oily hair, have very straight hair, or live in a place with humid weather, then Frankel's beauty tip might not be for you.
But for the rest of us, we're keen to try. Read on to discover Bethenny Frankel's unique hair regimin for naturally heathier, shinnier hair.
After washing, end your bath or shower with a splash of cold water to flatten your hair cuticles before styling. If you really want to treat yourself, get a professional blowout and request that your hair dresser not use product. "In my opinion, your blowout will last longer if you don’t use any product on your hair," says Bethenny.
For you ladies who love to take matters into your own hands, watch this video on how to achieve the ultimate blowout.
Once you begin to notice the first traces of oil, use a root-volumizing spray to nourish the follicles and revitalize your blowout. Follow with a flatiron on low-heat to smooth your hair's texture. Don't use the heat styling tool for too long to maintain natural volume and maximum hair health.
By now, your hair may appear a little limp and weighed down from possible grease buildup. If so, you can use dry shampoo, which will absorb the excess sebum and add a whiff of fragrance to your tresses.
Interested in making dry shampoo at home? Here's a D-I-Y recipe to try: Combine 1/2 cup organic cornstarch, 3-4 drops vanilla essential oil, and 2tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (for people with darker hair) or 2tbsp cinnamon (for people with red or auburn hair).
Alternatively, you can use hot rollers to instantly freshen up your hair. Here's a video where Frankel teaches you how to use hot rollers for a glamorous 'do, especially when you're in a location with high humidity.
If you don’t have hot rollers, try this trick: With wet hands, gently dampen your locks. Next, use a hair tie to pull your hair into a mid-head pony tail. Form a loop bun by tucking in the loose end of your ponytail. Now head to bed, Sleeping Beauty. The following morning, your hair should cascade into soft waves with the first wave beginning just below your brow.
At this point, you can no longer play with the texture of your hair, so you can turn to accessories to maintain the look. "Wear a headband or use serum to shellac hair down and wear a ponytail or go for the messy beachy look. Or just wear a hat," she says. Personally, we like the headband look because you can play around with your hair's part and texture or the experiment with different headband colors and prints.
Watch Bethenny's headband tips in the video below.
You've made it! This is the day you finally wash your hair. If this tip works for you, repeat the process for the rest of the month. By doing so, you'll make the most of your hair's natural oils. Though it may be a challenge in the beginning, you will soon realize that your ends are no longer dehydrated. By refraining from washing, hair may maintain its style for longer periods. You may even need fewer trims because you don't have as many split-ends. What's more? Your locks won't age as quickly.
Enjoy a great hair day every