I’ve completely cut dairy from my diet for over two years, but when it came to my beauty routine, it was all about the stuff. If it were feasible in today’s world, I would even bathe in milk à la Cleopatra. Example: Milky cleansers are my jam, I’ve used coconut milk to replenish my locks, and now I’m going to sing the praises of hair milk.
While I’m a noob at this, I’m a newfound believer — because hair milks are a luxurious way to refresh, add shine, and moisturize your hair, all with a few spritzes. “Think of hair milk as a moisturizer for your hair,” says Kerry E. Yates, beauty expert, trichologist in training, and CEO of Color Collective. “Hair milks are intended as a treatment as they are intended to improve hair suppleness by rehydrating dry areas.”
It’s basically a treatment slash styler in one, helping the milk to rehabilitate strands and provide just enough hold to help the hair do its thing. “Hair milks don’t feel thick, heavy, because they’re meant to be used as treatments that can be easily distributed from center to tips,” Yates says. “They don’t contain heavy styling resins, which are used to shape your locks.” Instead, she points out that hair milks only improve the natural texture of your hair.
“Milk adds shine, promotes softness, removes tangles, minimizes frizz, improves volume and extends the life of your chosen style,” says Laura Luciani, international scientific communications manager at hair brand Davines. “It’s ideal for all hair types.”
You will find that most hair milks on the market are sold as leave-in conditioner-type products, so they are very easy to use. Personally, I spritz some on several times during the day (especially after the humidity gets to me). They are like the best frizz-fighter-slash-gloss-enhancing product I’ve found for my hair. I imagine Queen Cleopatra was in secret.
Another good hair moisture tamer is almond oil, which is great for your locks. And here’s how to deal with frizz in curly hair, according to the pros.