Hair was a bit dull. It was well moisturized but it fell like it missed something.
It hit me “Protein Treatment”, it’s been a while since my last one so maybe it’s what it lacks.
Not willing to pay for an actual good cosmetic treatment, I consulted my favorite bloggers and Google on the matter of a good DIY.
Last season avocado was all over the place, so I might have been a total avocado psycho, killing lots and lots of them (sorry tree). So I decided to choose another alternative, the only things left were the hydrolyzed proteins (a bit expensive), plain yogurt (not too sure about that), eggs and mayonnaise (really not fond of that). Unfortunately I already had these two at home so it narrowed my options. I’m really not into mayonnaise so it was out of question to put it in my hair, I really do hate the smell too (unlucky me should had maybe go with it). Eggs it was then.
DIY Egg Protein Treatment
2 tbs olive oil
1 tbs honey
For oily hair, it’s recommended to only use white egg and for really dry hair the egg yolk. (I didn’t mind the whole egg)
I chose this recipe because of the really moisturizing ability of the honey (humectant) and because of my withdrawal of coconut oil addiction. See for yourself the benefits :
The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils.
AN EMOLLIENT (natural softener). It acts as a great conditioner and improves the health of hair follicles, the starting point for hair growth.
AN ANTIOXIDANT. It keeps your scalp healthy, promoting hair growth!
A HUMECTANT. It prevents the loss of moisture from your scalp.
A PSORIASIS AND DANDRUFF FIGHTER because of its antiseptic and antibacterial qualities.
Olive oil is a natural ingredient that offers benefits when consumed, and when applied on the skin and hair. When olive oil is used as a mask and allowed to soak into the hair, it improves its look, feel and manageability. Olive oil is a rich emollient that conditions the hair and makes it easy to comb. It also adds shine and prevents breakage.
Since the solution seemed insufficient for my really dense hair I doubled the recipe. I used two eggs, 2 full tbs of olive oil and what seemed like 2 to 3 tbs of honey. Put it on my hair under a plastic cap for a full hour. I rinsed it with cold water, applied my cleansing shampoo then my moisturizing shampoo, followed by an olive oil deep conditioning treatment.
Everything went smoothly, my hair felt stronger, it looked like a real success.
I moisturized my hair by doing a variation of the LOC treatment then braided it. I spent 2 weeks with my braided hair and washed it today. Well lots of hair shaft came out.
What went wrong?
1) Might be the use of too much protein since protein can also brittle hair when it exceeds in hair.
2) Might be the use of too much oil. When I put my fingers in my hair, they were really oily. Too much amount of oil stops the absorption of moisture which can explain my dehydrated hair.
3) Lack of moisture. Since I braided and already did the heavy weekly treatment, I never really stopped to observe anything. And protein treatments tend to usually dry my hair a bit.
It might even be a combination of these three.
PS : The egg in itself could have been the problem since the protein molecules it contains could have been too big to penetrate the hair shaft and therefore might have sit on my hair this whole time; hence maybe my little regret for not using mayonnaise where the protein molecules are smaller. It does kind of work despite that inconvenient.
There are no perfect treatments. For a treatment to work perfectly on your hair, you need to first know your hair, its needs, its strengths so you can balance your routine efficiently. And not to forget that a treatment on itself won’t miraculously ameliorate your hair condition, it’s the persistent day by day and weekly gestures that keeps it all from falling of your head (lol).