The Secret to Edith's Bouncy Hairstyle on "The Golden Bachelor"
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"The Golden Bachelor," the latest season of the ABC dating franchise starring 72-year-old Gerry Turner, has introduced us to a host of new contestants to fall in love with, including Edith Aguirre, a 60-year-old retired realtor from California. While she was eliminated in week three, Aguirre made fast fans during her time on the show and has stepped into her new role as a reality TV star nicely.
As it goes, she's even shared her hairstyle tutorial with her followers on Instagram. Calling it "The Mansion Routine," Aguirre walks everyone through her "go to hair style while shooting in Malibu," which includes an editor-loved curling iron and aloe vera gel straight from her garden.
The newly minted beauty influencer started by sectioning her hair and rubbing a piece of aloe vera from roots to ends. She then used the T3 SinglePass Curl 1.5" Ceramic Long Barrel Curling Iron ($170) to curl her hair in large sections. She worked from the front of her head to the back, pausing to apply more aloe vera on each piece before curling it. To set each curl, she pinned the hair into a roller shape so it could cool while she finished the rest of her head.
Once Aguirre finished curling her entire head, she unpinned the curls and flipped her head upside down to shake everything out, revealing the voluminous bombshell blowout she wore on TV. In the comments, fans praised her for her easy-to-follow tutorial and gorgeous gray hair, with many calling for her to be the next Bachelorette.
One commenter also inquired about the purpose of the aloe vera Aguirre used throughout the video, and she responded, "Aloe vera is a plant from my garden, gives vitamins and minerals and makes your hair grow."
There's no denying that Aguirre has really good hair, so it's not surprising that people are wondering if this is her secret. It's not uncommon to find aloe vera listed as an ingredient in hair products, and for the skin, it's quite beneficial. "Aloe vera, whether straight from the plant or as an ingredient in a formulation, has well-known anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties for the skin," Austin-based board-certified dermatologist Ted Lain, MD, FAAD, tells POPSUGAR. "Its use for hair, however, is poorly understood, or at least poorly studied."
Many people believe aloe vera can hydrate and strengthen your hair, as it contains vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, C, E, and B12. According to the Indian Journal of Dermatology, it's been used on hair for centuries across different cultures, including in Greece, Egypt, India, Mexico, Japan, and China. That said, there's little scientific evidence at this time to support these claims.
So while it won't necessarily hurt to use aloe vera on your hair, Dr. Lain says, "I certainly would not rely on it as a heat protectant." If you want to try it, consider using it as a treatment on your hair once a week as a moisturizing agent but still reaching for a proper heat protectant before using hot tools on your hair. Here's hoping we can all have hair as good as Aguirre's one day.