Your favourite salon might treat your hair with extra care, but some of the best hair treatments in the world are made from natural ingredients and can be applied in the comfort of your own home. Certain oils, honeys and fruits from your kitchen have restorative and nourishing properties more effective than what you’d find at a salon, minus the chemicals. While there are plenty of products that claim to be made from all natural ingredients, the only way to be sure is by mixing the treatment yourself.
Nature has always provided us with animal byproducts, fruits and vegetables that have proven more powerful than anything manmade (unless their extracts or essences are from natural ingredients). Back in ancient civilisations, they never had spas and salons to care for their mane, so they relied on what was available. One woman who heavily incorporated milk and honey into her deep conditioning and hair washing routines was Cleopatra.
One of history’s most phenomenal female rules, Cleopatra was truly an icon of her time and is celebrated today through various film features and cutting-edge games that use the queen as the theme. But she is also known for her beauty secrets, these secrets have been passed down generations and are still being used today. From daily washing to repairing damaged hair, it seems like the queen had an answer to all hair troubles. No wonder she was able to keep her hair moisturised in the desert heat.
So what exactly did she use to maintain her locks?
Her secret ingredient in her natural conditioner was an egg. The protein in the egg stimulates hair growth and temporarily strengthens damaged hair. Mixing three eggs with water to make an egg wash, spread the liquid evenly from your roots to your tips, and then rinse it out. Once it dries, your hair will have that extra shine.
Similar to hot oil treatments we have today, Cleopatra had a warm oil treatment of her own that kept her mane silky. What you’ll need is two tablespoons of both olive and castor oil, heated, and then massaged into your scalp and hair. Keep your hair in a shower cap for at least half an hour, or overnight for the best results.
Lastly, her secret for repairing damaged hair was a mix of three tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon of castor oil (which can always be substituted with olive oil). After washing your hair, massage the mix into your hair and let it seep for five to fifteen minutes.
What do you think about Cleopatra’s natural hair remedies?