Bad hair day? Raid the larder....

Bad hair day? Raid the larder....

Bad hair day? Raid the larder....

First published in NewsXtra

Cutting back or being creative, the kitchen cupboard holds countless beauty remedies. Lisa Haynes reveals the treatments you can whisk up.

Sienna Miller is a style icon and beauty idol - and now she's also an unofficial ambassador for Heinz.

When the actress recently revealed that tomato ketchup was her beauty saviour, sales probably soared.

Known for her honey-blonde locks, Sienna recalled a hair dye disaster involving henna when she was going dark for a film role.

"It was the worst thing I could have done as it coats the follicles so that nothing else can penetrate. I ended up having to put ketchup in it for about a year to get rid of the green tinge," she told Marie Claire magazine.

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 and rescues.

"Sometimes our hair needs a bit of a boost and often, whilst luxury products will work and smell amazing, your quick fix could be sitting in the kitchen cupboard," says Jason Cocking, celebrity hairdresser and director of Lisa Shepherd London (www.lisashepherd.co.uk).

So if your hair's crying out for some at-home TLC, head for the store cupboard and try some of these treatments: Olive oil The latest Argan oil-based potions can be pretty pricey but traditional olive oil is handy on your hair as well 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 and 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.

Sea salt 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, whilst a good rinse afterwards with warm water and shampoo will make sure any residue is dissolved out."

Vinegar 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.

Charcoal 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."

Mayonnaise/Egg whites 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.

Seawater 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."

Tried & tested Protect your pout from the rays with a sun stick. Our testers hit the deckchairs to sample three lip SPFs: :: Tanatomicals The Stick It Where The Sun Does Shine Stick Lip Protector SPF30, £3 (www.asos.com) A cheeky little stick with no scent or flavour, which is tough for a girl who loves both in a balm. But with its SPF30, it definitely does the trick, keeping lips soft and unburned through long stretches in the sun.

3/5 :: Nivea Lip Care SPF30, £3.46 (nationwide) This thick creamy stick smells and tastes like summer! Moisturising as well as protecting with SPF30, I felt my pout was safe in the sun but it does whiten your lips slightly.

4/5 :: Ultrasun Ultralip SPF15, £5.50 (John Lewis/Waitrose) My new handbag must-have. Armed with an SPF15 sunscreen, Ultralip absorbed into my lips quickly to leave them kissably smooth without any sticky or greasy residue. The fragrance-free stick is also handy for slicking over noses and tips of ears.

4/5 Buy it now Following the success of the classic white Clarisonic, the cleansing gadget has turned juicy for summer. The Clarisonic Mia is now available in coral, mango or peony to brighten up your bathroom, £120, available nationwide now (0800 988 4864/clarisonic.co.uk).

Beauty bulletin :: Non-blonde ambition Move over blondes, brunettes are taking over. Women are embracing their darker sides as sales of brunette home hair colour shades are soaring. Nice'n Easy's consistently best-selling Natural Baby Blonde now takes the number two spot for a second year, with Natural Medium Brown topping the hair charts. Boosted by natural brunettes like Kate Middleton, the permanent shade has seen a sales increase of 32% year-on-year.

:: Recessionista alert Don't forget your Father's Day grooming treat. Stock up at Boots which is offering 3 for 2 Mix & Match on dad brand favourites such as Lynx, Lab Series, Nivea For Men and L'Oreal Men Expert (www.boots.com).

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