Why you should add sugar to your shampoo

By: Sean Dowling, Buzz60

According to Mary Poppins, just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. But that's not all it's capable of!

A leading dermatologist recommends adding a spoonful of sugar to your shampoo for clean hair and a perfectly exfoliated scalp.

Adding a tablespoon of sugar to your shampoo helps remove dead skin cells and residue so your conditioner can work better; leaving you with cleaner, healthier hair, according to Dr. Francesca Fusco of Wexler Dermatology.

Related: Look younger with these cuts

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Jessica Alba

Older: Usually having any volume is a good thing, but with just one side pinned behind Alba's ear, these billowy curls look like they almost got the best of her. 

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Jessica Alba

Younger: This bob hits just below the chin with curvy, flicky ends, highlighting the youthful lines of the star's face.

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Marion Cotillard

Older: While the deep side part creates a graphic silhouette, the twisty low chignon ends up reading a bit frowsy.

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Marion Cotillard

Younger: A high-shine finish and a tight, neat, and low ponytail channels très moderne vibes.

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Jennifer Lopez

Older: Let's be clear. We're not saying Lopez doesn't look gorgeous here. But formal structural waves can look a touch overwrought.

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Jennifer Lopez

Younger: An imperfect top knot (fuzzy hairline, loose flyaways, effortless bun) has a fresh and jaunty appeal.

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Amber Valletta

Older: For the record, soccer mom hair can be chic. However, this blunt midlength cut with

its heavy curtain of deep bangs doesn't quite hit that mark.

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Amber Valletta

Younger: A closely shorn pixie worn slicked down and parted on the side is infinitely more lively (and flattering).

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Older: A perfect updo...for chaperoning the prom.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

Younger: The actress's layers start way below the shoulders, and her ends are jagged and point-cut so they're automatically infused with movement. The resulting style is a whole lot of yes.

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Kate Hudson

Older: Perfectly curved-under ends are certainly cheery, although a little small-town weather woman.

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Kate Hudson

Younger: There's that boho goddess we know and love! In all her piece-y, beachy, and longly layered glory.

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Kate Beckinsale

Older: Pageant girls don't usually wear ponytails. If they did, we're guessing this stuffy version would be their top pick.

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Kate Beckinsale

Younger: A lower ponytail and a tangle of face-framing tendrils tip the scales away from over-styled.

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Cate Blanchett

Older: This coiffed-and-curled style would be lovely on a beaming mother of the bride. We're guessing that's not quite the look she's going for.

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Cate Blanchett

Younger: By allowing the hair to have a grittier and more haphazard texture, the same bob is transformed into something wild at heart.

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Nicole Kidman

Older: This updo is neither here nor there. It's not quite soft and romantic, and not quite sleek and graphic. The overall effect is a little ho-hum.

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Nicole Kidman

Younger: A blunt, one-length cut comes to life when it's styled stick-straight, shiny, and sharply parted.

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Halle Berry

Older: The cool thing about pixies is that they channel an innate confidence. This overgrown version is begging for some statement-making structure.

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Halle Berry

Younger: Airy eyebrow-grazing fringe brings the attention the actress's searing eyes. Her oval face is framed just so with long, loose waves.

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Dr. Fusco has special expertise in treating people with problems relating to hair loss and shared the tip with Marie Claire magazine.

Just like when you exfoliate your face, too much can be a bad thing and strip your hair of the natural oils it needs. Fusco recommends the sugar-shampoo mixture every three to five washes.

Critics, however, aren't too sweet on the method, saying it's too abrasive.

So should you or shouldn't you add sugar to your shampoo? Perhaps it's best to take the tip with a grain of salt, unless you want some pretty sweet hair!

Scroll through to see more hair inspiration:

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10 Hairstyles to Obsess Over
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10 Hairstyles to Obsess Over

1. Embellished Braid

Whichever way you decide to wear your hair this summer, one thing is for certain: Adding accessories will give your strands an unexpected upgrade. A well-placed ribbon or a glittery hair bow can inject new life into second-day, unwashed strands or bring some pizzazz to a basic ponytail or bun.

2. Curled Lob

The lob, or long bob, is an awesome summer hairstyle because styling it is a cinch. Our favorite: a tousled, beachy wave. To get the look, just apply a spritz of texture mist to towel-dried strands and let your locks air-dry.

3. Beautiful Bangs   

Looking for a way to liven up pin-straight strands? Go out with some bangs! This little bit of fringe makes an extra-big impact. And here’s a pro styling tip for those who are new to bangs: Wetting and blowing-dry just the front section is an easy way to fake freshly washed hair.    

4. Long Pixie 

This short hairstyle is actually a longer version of the pixie haircut -- the lixie? It’s also a guaranteed way to beat the heat during the most sweltering summer months. 

5. Half-Up Crown Braid

Milkmaid, crown, halo -- call them what you will, but these head-wrapping braids have been a go-to for pro plaiters for quite some time. Our favorite spin on the style is this half-up version. If you’re a newbie, no worries; just watch this video for a quick how-to.

6. Blunt Bob

We still consider the lob one of our favorite, most flattering short hairstyles. But if you’re hoping to go a bit bolder and aren’t quite ready to commit to a pixie, you can’t go wrong with a true bob. The chin-length style still allows you to create unique hairdos like a half-up hairstyle, or even a small braid.

7. Toppled Topknot 

You’ll need long, straight hair to achieve this undone updo. If your base texture is wavy or curly, a straightening shampoo and a flatiron will give your strands the right amount of slip. Now, create a ponytail and wrap the tail into a loose bun. Then pin the ends into your elastic. Dangly earrings will add just the right amount of elegance. 

8. Wrapped Ponytail With Volume

Sure, there’s nothing life-altering about a ponytail, but when styled just right -- we recommend low with lots of volume -- this classic coif comes in just as handy at the gym as it does on a night out. Apply a bit of densifying foam to towel-dried hair to get lift in your locks without a ton of teasing. 

9. Hippie-Chic Braids

To re-create this ’70s staple, simply part your hair in the center and pull a small section from each side to the back. You can braid or twist each section for extra interest. We love it on straight strands, but curling the remaining hair makes this retro look more current. Then hit the whole ’do with a spritz of hairspray.

10. Natural Waves

Warm weather marks a good time to take a break from blow-dryers and other hot tools. If your hair isn’t affected by humidity, then this isn’t such a challenge. But if your strands have a naturally curly texture, you’ll need to add a couple key products to let it all hang loose in style. A low-lather, cleansing conditioner will help you achieve healthy, frizz-free tendrils.

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