Slap on the mayo for a glossy mane: Recipes for luscious hair – straight from the store cupboard
22:25 GMT, 20 May 2012
Sienna Miller has just revealed that she turned to tomato ketchup to remedy a hair disaster when her blonde locks took on a green tinge after using a henna dye kit.
‘I thought I was being clever as henna is all natural,’ she said. ‘Little did I know it was the worst thing I could have done… it coats the follicles so nothing else can penetrate. I ended up having to use ketchup for about a year to get rid of the green tinge.’
Ketchup can, indeed, help blonde hair that’s been discoloured: the red helps to cancel out any green tones, and its natural acids remove the minerals that caused the initial reaction.
According to hairdresser Jason Cocking there's an entire pharmacy of inexpensive hair help at your disposal
So could there be any other haircare gems lurking among your condiments
‘Yes, there’s an entire pharmacy of inexpensive hair help at your disposal,’ says Jason Cocking, hairdresser and director of Lisa Shepherd London. ‘Luxury products do work and smell amazing, but if your hair needs a quick fix, the answer could actually be sitting in your kitchen cupboards.’
Here he gives us his top household hair tips:
DETANGLE WITH GRAPE JUICE
To untangle hair you need a product with a low PH. White wine vinegar is perfect for working through haystack hair, but it may not leave you smelling as fragrant as you’d like. Instead, use grape juice. Apply for 15 minutes, rinsing well afterwards, then run a wide comb through your hair.
Some quick fix hair solutions could be lurking in your kitchen cupboards
ADD SHINE WITH A DOLLOP OF MAYONNAISE
This is a pure protein boost for dry, under-nourished hair. Apply mayonnaise straight from the fridge to penetrate each individual hair shaft. If you’re not a fan of mayo, you could try whisking up an egg-white mask. Apply to your scalp, then wrap your scalp and hair in cling film, with a towel over the top to minimise mess. Leave for 20 minutes then wash out thoroughly with lukewarm water (not too hot or you’ll scramble the eggs!).
SCRUB AWAY DANDRUFF WITH SEA SALT
Give your head a good exfoliation using sea salt — the chunky crystals will help get rid of all the dry flakes. A good rinse with warm water and shampoo will make sure that any residue is dissolved out.
BOOST SHADE WITH FOOD COLOURING
For a quick refresh, add a few drops of food colouring to your conditioner. Pinks, reds and purples add warmth and depth to your colour. I recommend testing the mix with a cotton bud, like we do in the salon, to ensure there are no garish mistakes.
NOURISH YOUR LOCKS WITH A DRIZZLE OF OLIVE OIL
Forget pricey Moroccanoil, a favourite of glossy-haired celebrities such as Gemma Arterton — extra-virgin olive oil is a cheaper deep-conditioning treatment. Gently warm the oil by placing the bottle in a basin of hot water for a few minutes (never heat it in a saucepan or microwave as you risk making it too hot and burning yourself).
Then apply to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, avoiding your roots as these tend to be naturally oilier. Leave for 20 minutes, then shampoo thoroughly. If you have fine hair, use an olive oil spray. This is much lighter on your hair yet still de-frizzes and creates shine.
CREATE WAVES WITH SALTY WATER
Fill an empty spray bottle with tapwater and then add 1tsp ordinary table salt. Spray into your roots to give instant volume to your hair. Alternatively, scrunch it into your curls to get that summer-ready beach look. A sweet tip if you hate the smell of salt water is to add rose water — the sort that’s used in baking — so you’ll look, and smell, heavenly.
STAY SLEEK WITH FABRIC CONDITIONER SHEETS
Does your hair have a tendency to get static in dry weather To calm down flyaways, simply take a fabric conditioner sheet and smooth it over your hair. If you have a real static problem, put the sheet over a comb or brush so the teeth poke through, so you can brush and smooth it.
ERASE HAIR DYE STAINS WITH TOOTHPASTE
If a home hair dye job has left you with unsightly stained skin around your hairline, you can use whitening toothpaste to get rid of it. It’s slightly abrasive, but doesn’t contain so much whitener that it will damage your skin. Use a finger to massage a small amount on to the stain, rinse and repeat until the mark has gone.
GET RID OF GREY ROOTS WITH CHARCOAL
If youhave dark hair and struggle to cover greys between dyes, try using a lump of charcoal from the barbecue to draw on your hair. Apply to dry roots, blend in and no one will ever know.