Andreea in Balenciaga

Andrea, Self Service

Given all of the buzz around haircuts this week on ITG, we figured now is as good of a time as ever to introduce Andreaa Diaconu: the model who once “got cancelled from three jobs because I had too much hair.” The twenty-one-year-old is now living—long, shiny locks and all— in New York and having a self-described “moment” (due in large part to the support of one miss Emmanuelle Alt). But back to that hair!

As it turns out, hers is thanks to mom—and not because of genetics. “My mom is all about home treatments—whenever I go home she covers me in masks,” Andreea told us during Paris Fashion Week, dropping by Self Service HQ for a collaboration series of beauty-centric posts lensed by Ezra Petronio (Voila! This is the first one). “It was a bob in December, and now it's down my back. I put olive oil in it, and gasoline." GASOLINE??? “Wait…no, maybe it’s petroleum. Petroleum jelly. I should probably check.”

Check she did, and, without further ado, an email from Andreea featuring the beauty tips and tricks of her Romanian hair-whisperer mother. [Ed. note: We should probably say here, we know, we know. Petroleum Jelly: not an ITG-fan fave. But surely, better than gasoline...?! File this under: When in Romania? Let's be open-minded here, and hear her out.]

“Apologies for the delay but Ta-daa! all my mom’s quirky homemade tricks.

For thin brittle hair you should be doing an olive oil+castor oil+vitamin A (liquid capsule) oil mix which my mom adds petroleum jelly, not gasoline!!!, to. (Also don't let that castor oil fall onto your skin—hair will grow where it's not supposed to. Castor oil also works for eyebrows, etc.)

Now for those of you with greasy hair, I recommend washing it with natural organic soap. In my family we used to make our own soap (grandma does it) so it's very pure. She says that you should rinse that out with 1 spoon of vinegar combined with 1 liter of water... I would also suggest wearing a strong fragrance that day :) ! If that sounds like too much, strong chamomile tea for rinse will do (followed by water).

Skincare: the classic cucumber for under eyes. And a sugar/honey scrub. Cleanse face with chamomile tea bag (leftover from hair)

Body: my mom has been a health nut since I can remember so she doesn't do anything but use oats with honey as body scrub… (guess I'm going to go to Fresh for her birthday and get her 100 jars of body scrubs—now that I know where all my oatmeal disappears to!)”

Andreaa Diacono, wearing a Balenciaga headpiece from Spring/Summer 2013, photographed by Ezra Petronio in Paris on February 26th, 2013. Makeup by Emily Weiss. Part 1 of an ITG series with Self Service.

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  • Ashlee

    Instead of petroleum jelly you can use non-petroleum jelly (live clean baby makes one)

  • Ash

    Every hair stylist I've ever had has made the same two comments on my hair -- "you have a LOT of red in your hair" (my hair appears brown unless in direct sunlight) & "you have a LOT OF HAIR." I guess it's good to know I'm not alone.

  • Jennifer Blakney

    Great tips for the most part, but I have to disagree on the supposed magical Rogaine-esque powers of castor oil. I've used it for years on my skin, along with avocado oil, to do the Oil Cleansing Method. I can say with confidence that it has never once turned me into The Bearded Lady.

    • kimberlyloc

      Glad you said something about that too, because yeah, castor oil is great for deep oil cleansing and getting the skin to purge impurities ... doesn't make you hairy at all!

  • Ms. Minnow

    I don't know about petroleum jelly in your hair but it does have its uses! I use it instead of an illuminiser on my cheekbones etc., to set my brows, occasionally to scrub my lips, to smudge eyeliner over the lids, and as a barrier when dyeing my hair and tinting my lashes. Love the stuff.

  • Marcela Cristovao

    Great tips especially for the hair. I will certainly try the oil mixture, without the petroleum jelly, not a big fan of that.
    The oatmeal as a scrub is actually a good one I tried once on my knees and elbows, also made a sort of porridge with honey and soy milk and it helped soften and lighten those darker areas of the body.
    It's nice to get home remedies for a change.

  • Taryn Kelley

    Nice tips!

  • alyse c

    Andreea is insanely beautiful, as is her hair, however these tips aren't great; they have no scientific basis. How could applying castor oil to your hair can't change the rate at which your body produces hair? Surely her thick-fast growing hair is due to genetics. Tips like this make no sense.

    Best of luck of Andreea, although with features like hers she won't need it!

  • Martha Sarah

    Go Andreea, go ! east european girls are the best

  • anna

    her hair remedy is very similar to philip kingsleys elasticiser

  • merbmerb

    Many sources claim that castor oil promotes a healthy scalp, which has been my experience after trying this remedy (sans petroleum).

    It seems that many people scrub with oats, but could someone explain to me how they do this without making a huge mess in the shower/bath?