Thank goodness for beauty bloggers. Who else would take the time to wash their hair with carbonated syrup water and let us watch? Without them, we would never find out if rinsing our hair with Coca Cola might make us all magically transform into Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss South Africa who was just crowned Miss Universe, look it up). Luckily, one YouTube beauty guru took the Coca Cola polar bear plunge for us.
The “Coca Cola hair rinse” has been floating around the internet since supermodel Suki Waterhouse mentioned she occasionally washes her hair with the beverage, and also probably since people on the internet claimed it works well as a household cleaner. After all, if a product can make a toilet shine, shouldn’t it also make human hair shiny and new?
Thus, one fateful afternoon, YouTube beauty and lifestyle vlogger Ellie Kodia, aka Ellko, rinsed her hair with America’s favorite fizzy drink. She captured the experience on video for the masses to observe.
At this point you’re probably asking, but how much soda should I pour onto my precious hair? Ellko uses two 500ml bottles of Coca Cola for her long hair, which she says is on the thicker side. So if you have thinner hair, you may only need one bottle.
But where the heck do I perform such a feat as dousing my luscious locks in dark bubbly liquid? I hear you. Ellko sits at a desk and uses a rather small bowl to test out the beauty hack. Unless you too are a beauty vlogger, I would assume the shower would be the best place for this experiment.
Now is the time when you’ll want to gather up all the hairs on your head into one cohesive unit, which, as we ladies know, is no easy task. Bonus points if you can make yourself look like the girl from The Ring.
Now that you’ve soaked all the hairs on your head with what Midwesterners call “pop," maybe take a minute to think about the choices that led you here. It’s never a bad time to evaluate your life and make sure you’re headed in the right direction.
Sticky soda hair is no fun, so hop in the shower (if you’re not already there) and turn on that water! Rinse your hair and sing a catchy tune or pretend like you’re one of the mystical, siren-like women from those Herbal Essences commercials.
Nothing makes you feel like a slob more than leaving the house with wet hair, so get your life together and dry it, girl. Ellko recommends using a hair dryer or letting it air dry if you have the time. I recommend whipping your hair back and forth, Willow Smith style.
How does your hair feel? Is it happy? Is it excited for life and the promise of a new day? Ellko said her post-Coca Cola rinse hair feels more dry and crunchy, like she had used a sea salt spray. That may not sound like a good thing to some, but she seemed excited about it and deemed it a beauty “holy grail."
If enough people try this and come out the other side with amazing results, I’ll jump on the bandwagon. I’m not above a good beauty hack, but only if everyone and their mother tell me it’s legit. Because, you know, I'm smart enough to not go pouring soda in my hair without some solid research behind it first.