Old School Hair Product = Lifehack
So this is something I learned years ago in a Hints From Heloise binder that my mother had: there is an old school hairstyling product buried on the bottom shelf of your grocery aisle that is super useful around the house: Alberto VO5 Conditioning Hairdressing. It’s in a little rectangular box that looks like this:
The dressing is a mineral oil blend that contains no water or alcohol, so it’s great to condition leathers and metals without worrying about added moisture.
- Remove tarnish spots from silver by rubbing some Alberto VO5 Conditioning Hairdressing on with a paper towel or rag.
- Put a thin layer of VO5 on bronze or silver to prevent oxidation after polishing.
- Soften and restore leather, patent leather, or vinyl by applying VO5 with a paper towel or rag; wipe off excess.
- Lubricate stuck zippers or hinges with a very little bit of VO5.
- Get a stuck ring to slide off your finger by coating with VO5 and pointing hand upward to allow blood to drain, then pulling the ring off.
- Clean paint or other stains off your hands by wiping with VO5 then washing with Dawn dish detergent.
- Remove adhesive residue from bandages on skin.
- Soften calluses and dry skin on hands, feet, elbows, and knees.
- Remove waterproof mascara or other stubborn makeup with some VO5.
- Protect your pet’s paw pads by putting a little VO5 on them before going out for a walk in the snow and salt.
- Clean up your chrome bumpers or kitchen and bath fixtures by buffing on a bit of VO5.
- Prevent wax buildups on candle holders by coating them with VO5 first.
- Put it in your hair! For those of us with fine hair who want volume, a pea-sized amount (or less) should only go on split ends. But if you are looking for a wet look, a retro Dagwood, or to tame flyaways, try some Alberto VO5.
Want to see how it works on some leather and metal ballet flats that I hadn’t worn in over a year (thanks COVID)? Scroll down!
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