The recipe for great hair - home help to liven up your locks
Forget the bathroom cabinet when it comes to home help in the beauty department - the kitchen cupboard might be a tastier option!
Don’t take our word for it, just ask screen siren Sienna Miller. The New York-born ‘Alfie’ actress is an unofficial ambassador for Heinz after recently revealing that an unlikely dollop of tomato ketchup was her top beauty tip.
Known for honey-blonde hair, Sienna had to bring in the red sauce to rescue a dye disaster involving henna, which had given her a greenish glow.
Home remedies aren’t a new celebrity fad. They’ve been used for centuries and, just like Sienna, you can raid the larder for some DIY hair rejuvenation.
“Sometimes our hair needs a bit of a boost and often, while luxury products will work and smell amazing, your quick fix could be sitting in the kitchen cupboard,” confirms celebrity hairdresser Jason Cocking.
So if your hair’s crying out for some TLC, head for the cupboard and try some of these tasty treatments...
Traditional olive oil is just as handy on your hair as on salads. “Apply extra virgin olive oil as a pre-treatment,” Cocking advises.
“This can be used cold or heated to a relaxing warm temperature. Leave on for 20 minutes then shampoo out. It may take a couple of washes but you’ll certainly notice the difference.” If you have fine hair, an olive oil spray is a much lighter option for shinier, healthier tresses. Avoid any oil-based products if you have hair extensions as this may loosen the bonds.
You can banish those embarrassing flakes of dandruff on your shoulders with the help of this everyday condiment.
“Give your head a good exfoliation using sea salt,” says Cocking. “This will get rid of all the dry flakes, while a good rinse afterwards with warm water and shampoo will make sure any residue is dissolved out.”
Fragile and colour-treated hair is particularly
tangle-prone. If knots are your nemesis, all you need is a product with a low pH, according to Cocking.
“To untangle tricky hair, the best product to work its magic is white vinegar,” he says. If the smell reminds you of fish and chips, try pink grape juice as an alternative. Apply to your hair for 15 minutes and comb through with a wide comb, washing out well.
If you’ve got dark hair, salt and pepper roots are so noticeable. Strawberry blonde Nicole Kidman has regularly been spotted on the red carpet sporting grey roots, but the colour contrast is less obvious.
“If you have dark hair and struggle to cover your greys in between dyes or colourist appointments, try using charcoal,” Cocking suggests. “Apply to dry hair, being careful to blend it in, and nobody will ever know.”
For super-shiny hair, a pure protein remedy is the answer. “As a classic rescue remedy, apply mayonnaise straight from the fridge to penetrate your hair, or try whisking up an egg-white mask,” Cocking suggests. “Leave on your hair and wrap it up for about 20 minutes.” Wash out thoroughly with lukewarm water and your hair will look thoroughly nourished.
Pack an empty spray bottle in your beach bag if you’re after the mermaid look. Cocking advises: “Bottle up the seawater and spray into your roots, giving you instant volume. Alternatively, scrunch it into your curls to get that summer-ready beach look. “If you hate the smell of salt water, add rose water or petals to the mix, making you look and smell heavenly.”