By Mary N. DiZazzo

Hair Shine!

Ciao bella,

Sometimes the best solutions are right under our noses. Like in our pantry.

One thing I know we do to our locks is use lots of product. Whether it's to add a film to make hair shiny, styling gel or hair spray to keep it in place, they all build up and reek havoc on our strands! Hot rollers, blow dry, flat iron and curling iron also can do their share of damage and cause dryness. So we must fight back with some tender loving care.

First we must remove the product build-up without stripping hair of it's natural oils. This will allow these ingredients below to penetrate hair shaft for amazing results. Wash and condition hair as usual. Combine 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of water in a spray bottle. Spritz damp hair and leave on for 5 minutes. Then rinse. Smell will dissipate once hair is dried.

Apple Cider Vinegar has anti-fungal properties and is great for dry scalp as well as sealing and smoothing hair cuticle resulting in a beautiful shine!

These next two Hair Mask concoctions work wonders!

Remember protein and moisture are key ingredients for stronger and shinier hair.

Mix together egg whites and coconut oil in a bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Apply to damp hair and leave on for 15 minutes. Shampoo and see the shine!

To thicken your hair use this Pumpkin Conditioning Treatment.

Pumpkin is full of potassium which encourages hair growth, also rich in vitamin A that's healthy for the scalp.

In a blender mix together 2 cups of pumpkin (cooked and mashed), 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and 1 tablespoon honey. Blend until mixture is smooth at room temp.

Apply to damp hair and cover with a plastic cap for 15 minutes. Wash out well, condition and style as always.

Hope these tips will improve your locks as they did mine. So do it and go out and razzle, dazzle them today!

Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America!

Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull

Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetologist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or