Honey Mayo Protein Hair Mask

Honey Mayo Hair Mask

Every winter the cold damages my hair. Natural hair needs a lot of moisture and winter rips it away much faster than I can add it, so my locks have been shedding a lot lately. In order to combat this hair stress, I’ve been treating my hair with a protein mask (recipe) that I got from Freakz & Geekz. This recipe has been the savior of my hair for a couple of months now.

Honey Mayo Protein Conditioner
Because hair is a protein, protein conditioning treatments penetrate easily, getting deep into the hair-shaft. Use of protein masks/treatments stop hair breakage, rebuild hair structure and makes your hair shine and grow. If your hair is healthy, only use a protein treatment once a month, if necessary. If your hair is damaged (chemical damage, shedding, etc) use a protein treatment 2-3 times a month, no more than once every other week. Protein treatments are great right after having a chemical service (color, bleaching, highlights, etc.), too.

Note: Do not use protein treatments daily or weekly! Protein treatments penetrate the hair-shaft, so too much protein will cause the hair to become brittle and have breakage.

Eggs are rich in protein, which helps to make the hair follicle stronger (thus less split ends). Eggs also smoothes the hair, has thickening agents, and adds body and shine to hair. Mayonnaise adds moisture and shine to the hair. Honey helps soothe itchy scalp and stops hair loss. Olive oil helps to tame frizzy hair, relieves hair damage, and moisturizes (especially in winter!)

1 cup hair conditioner (I use Aussie Moist)
¼ cup olive oil
2 eggs (shoulder length hair, 1 egg if hair is shorter)
3 tbsp honey
½ cup mayonnaise

Mix the conditioner, olive oil, honey, and mayo until blended. Add eggs. Whip until frothy and smooth. Separate hair into four sections. Apply conditioner – one section at a time – until hair is evenly saturated. Wrap hair in plastic and let sit for 5 hours or overnight.

Rinse conditioner out and wash with moisturizing shampoo if needed.

I start by parting my hair into four sections. I braid each section loosely and tie them off with a covered rubber band. Section by section I apply the conditioner, making sure to completely saturate my hair, especially the ends and any damaged sections of locks. Once I have completed a section I re-braid the hair.

Once I am finished applying the conditioner I take bobby pins and pin the sections of hair onto the top of my head (nothing fancy, I just want it off my neck), then I wrap my hair in plastic. Because I sleep with this conditioning mask on I also cover the plastic with a scarf before sleeping at night.

All Natural Olive Hot Oil Treatments

In keeping with my October is for Olive Oil theme, let’s talk about hot oil treatments. Olive oil makes a great oil for a hot oil treatment.

One of my regular uses for olive oil is as a hot oil treatment. There are two ways to do a hot oil treatment – and I use both of them. I have a slightly different recipe for hot oil depending if I’m using it on wet or dry hair. If I plan to give my locks a deep condition, I do my hot oil treatment on dry hair. If I do not plan on deep conditioning my locks, I do my hot oil treatment on wet hair. You can give your locks a hot oil treatment weekly.

Wet Hair
I typically only use this treatment is I am NOT going to do a deep condition.

Hot Oil Treatment for wet hair
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp dried rosemary (you can use fresh, too)
4 drops lavender essential oil

Combine the olive oil and rosemary in a small sauce pan on the stove. Heat until oil is boiling. Stir. Add lavender essential oil. Stir. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth to remove rosemary pieces. Allow oil to cool to the touch. Rub (not pour!) onto wet, freshly washed hair. Make sure hair is dry enough not to drip. Wrap hair in plastic shower cap or other plastic bag and sit under a hood dryer for 30 minutes. If you do not have a hood dryer, try wetting a towel with hot water and wrapping it around your hair (keeping the bag on). You will have to re-heat the towel with water several times.

Dry Hair
I use this treatment when I plan to give my hair a deep condition.

Hot Oil Treatment for dry hair
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp dried rosemary (you can use fresh, too)
1 tbsp honey
6 drops lavender essential oil

Combine the olive oil, honey, and rosemary in a small sauce pan on the stove. Heat until oil is boiling, remember: the honey will not disappear into the oil. Stir. Add lavender essential oil. Stir. Remove from heat and strain through cheesecloth to remove rosemary pieces. The cheesecloth will hold the honey for a period of time but you do NOT want to strain out the honey, just the rosemary. Allow oil to cool to the touch. Rub (not pour!) onto dry hair. If your dreadlocks are short enough, wrap a wet towel around the hair and sit under a hood dryer for 30 minutes. If your hair is too long for that, wrap hair in plastic shower cap or other plastic bag that has been sprinkled with water inside the cap/bag. If you do not have a hood dryer, wet the towel with hot water, re-heating the towel with water several times.

Once you have completed your hot oil treatment, wash/co-wash hair as normal.

Regal Up-Do

One of the things I want for my blog is to build a huge library of photos of people with dreadlocks and natural styles done specially for formal events. If you can, help me out! Got any pictures of great natural formal hairstyles? Please send me a pic! thenaturalbride@gmail.com

Peezy Headz Salon, GA

One of the first people to send me pictures of their hair was Rachel. Thank you, Rachel! She is rocking a wonderfully regal style. Her locks are medium length and she has it braided into an up do. The loose ends were shaped into a crown. Her stylist is Brittany at the Peezy Headz salon in 5 Points, Atlanta.

(Close Up)Peezy Headz Salon, GA

CO-washing your hair

As anyone with a natural or dreadlocks know, our hair has a tendency towards dryness. My hair gets so dry sometimes that if I grab a handful and squeeze it sounds crinkly, like paper. With my wedding coming up, I was tired of my hair being so dry – so I did some research and came across the term “co-washing.” I saw a brief paragraph that someone wrote about washing their hair with conditioners only and I was intrigued. I love the way my hair feels after a deep conditioning so I was eager to try washing my hair with conditioner so I could have that feeling on a more regular basis.

Co – Washing (also known as “no ‘poo washing”) simply means “conditioner only washing.” It is the act of washing your hair using conditioner only – no shampoo. This procedure is used mainly by African Americans in order to restore moisture into the hair.

How can your hair get cleaned using only a conditioner? Most conditioners actually contain enough detergents to cleanse the hair without using the harsher cleaners normally found in shampoos.

Using this method has two benefits: it helps to soften and moisturize kinky, curly, and dry hair and it also cleans the hair without using the drying and scrubbing agents that are found in typical shampoos.

Co-washing can be done as often as you like – some people co-wash daily or every other day while others will co-wash only once a week. Just remember – you can not abandon shampooing your hair completely. Co-washing can lead to a build-up of product on your hair that will need to be removed (I prefer to shampoo and then use an ACV rinse).

StepsFind a conditioner that works for your hair. This should not be your “favorite” conditioner if it is expensive. If possible try to find a cheap but effective hair conditioner that you’ve tried (and liked!) before. I’m currently using Aussie Moist. It feels great in the hair, the fragrance isn’t too strong or cloying and it’s pretty cheap. You also want to check the ingredients in the conditioner and make sure it doesn’t have a large quantity of the ingredients that you should avoid. A great source for this information is the Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database (http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/). This site allows you to search by both product and ingredient.

Aussie Moist Conditioner

Tip! Buy a handheld shower head with multiple sprays. This is great for when you don’t want to stand in the shower to wash your hair or just rinsing those hard to reach area. My favorite is Waterpik – they have great prices. I found one on Amazon.com for $23.99

Diluting your conditioner
I try to keep the conditioner as thick as possible without having it clump in my hair. I use an open tip dye bottle that you can pick up at any beauty supply store. Put your desired amount of conditioner in the bottle and then dilute with hot water. If you have very long locks it might be a good idea to have two of these bottles ready for one wash.

Some people like to put additional items in their conditioner for the wash. The options are endless and particular to your needs and hair types: sunflower oil, melted shea butter, anti-frizz serums – the list goes on and on. Personally, I don’t add anything to my conditioner/water mix.

Start by wetting the hair with warm (not hot!) water. I like to do this in the shower, but everyone is different. Once the hair is entirely soaked, apply conditioner in the same way you would apply shampoo. Make sure to agitate the hair (gently) and massage the scalp. Ensure that all hair has received a coating of conditioner (down to the ends of the hair).

Allow the conditioner to set for 3-5 minutes (or your preference). This time is great for a body scrub, a shave, or whatever else you do in the shower!

Once you have reached your conditioning time limit (or in my case the end of my hot water, lol), it’s time to rinse. This time, make sure to use cool water (not warm, not hot – cool). Once all of the product has been rinsed out, it’s time to dry your hair.

When drying your hair (with a towel), make sure to avoid briskly rubbing your hair and scalp with the towel. What you want to do is to squeeze the water out of your hair with the towel. The reason why you don’t want to rub your hair with the towel is that the friction causes split ends, frizzy dryness and does a lot of damage. You don’t want you hair to be bone dry, it just shouldn’t be dripping.

You are now ready for maintenance!

Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding

Bought a new product today!!!

Sometimes I think I’m a hair/skin product whore, lol. I have a very good friend, Glenda, who has what I think of as the PERFECT bathroom. In her bathroom she has a huge basket full of different hair & skin products. Bliss.

Today I bought some Miss Jesse’s Curly Pudding from Fusion Salon. I’m pretty fond of Fusion, as they are super close by and I love the owner.

I’d been giving trying Miss Jesse’s for a while now. I never tried it because
1) it’s made for people who have open hair rather than dreadlocks
2) It wasn’t available in any stores near me

The first time I’d heard of Miss Jesse’s was through a friend of mine. She’s a bit of what we used to call an “Earth Mother” and so she tries to stay in the know about stuff like this.

The directions say to “Rub a tablespoon sized dollop in your hand. Smooth onto damp hair section by section from the root down the hair shaft. Do not rinse out. Dry naturally or use a diffuser for quick drying and added volume. Great for two strand twists and coil-outs.”

Well, I can’t really do much of that! LOL I’ll massage some through my hair before using it to twist, too. Let’s see what happens.

I’m a little excited to try this stuff, so I might end up washing my hair tonight.

Cost: $22.00 + tax

Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding

Doing my own hair (somewhat)

I’ve searched high, I’ve searched low – I can’t find any hair style that I like. I can’t find a natural hair care stylist who I trust to make me look my best. I don’t know why – in 2010 – it should be sooo hard to find a good natural hair care specialist.

I have a wonderful friend, Glenda, who owns a natural hair care salon in NC. If I was in NC I wouldn’t have this problem cause Glenda would be doing my hair. But that’s not the case, I live in the DC Metro area…

I decided it may be a better idea to do my hair myself. It’s not that hard and although I’m not that creative when it comes to hair, I don’t want a crazy complicated style. My fiance likes my hair down and to the side. I like my hair down. No one else’s opinion matters 🙂

I decided to do a short hair trial to see what I could do for myself. I’m going to have to do this again, though. Here are some pictures before I started:

I always start my hair by getting a fine tooth comb and scratching my scalp. I know that it’s not necessary for everyone but I LOVE the way it feels.

After I scratch my scalp, I get ready to wash. I usually do a co-wash but I am currently trying the new Rosemary Mint (?) shampoo and conditioner from Carol’s Daughter. The shampoo is rather thick and since I have dreads I decided it would be a great idea to dilute the shampoo. I squeeze a generous amount inside of one of those open tipped plastic bottles that are used for dying hair – you can get them at any beauty supply shop.

Supplies for Lock Maintainance & Styling

Supplies for Lock Maintainance & Styling

I use just enough hot water to “melt” the shampoo – then I saturate my scalp with the shampoo/water mix while my hair is still dry. It should be thick enough to keep from running into your eyes but watery enough that you can create a lather by rubbing the hair and scalp. I like to do this (I call it a dry shampoo) before wetting my entire head. This give me the opportunity to do a good scalp cleansing before I start my actual wash.

After I saturate my hair with my shampoo/water mixture, I wash my hair. After I wash (this time) I then conditioned my hair with the Rosemary Mint conditioner. This conditioner is pretty thick, too (though not quite as thick as I was expecting, considering the shampoo). Normally I dilute my conditioners, too.

Once my my wash and condition is complete (should have also done an ACV rinse, but I didn’t), I dried my hair, separating the individual locks. I used EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) to give myself a hot oil treatment (but I also like to use Carol’s Daughter’s Lisa’s Hair Elixer) and then I started to maintain my locks.

I have dry scalp, so I almost always oil my scalp prior to doing my maintainance. Currently I am using Taliah Waajid’s “The Strengthener” hair oil. It’s medicated, so it has a heavy scent and it tingles. Have to admit, I LOVE the tingle! 🙂 I use this hair oil on my entire scalp, then I proceed to palm rolling (Palm rolling is a method for tangling the roots of your dreads and helping them knot and tighten. It works much better than “twisting” with the fingers. To palm roll you simply grab the dread between the base of your palms – tightly by the root – and roll it in a single direction – I prefer counter-clockwise. It’s a bit like rolling Play-Doh between your palms to make a long rope. You are doing two things at once: tightening the root of your lock that has come unraveled and you are shaping the rest of that same dread into a cylinder shape. Palm rolling works well anytime but the best time to palm roll is right after washing/co-washing your dreads).

When doing maintainance, I always keep a few things on hand. One items is some type of oil based moisturizer lotion. I’ve used several different brands of several different things, but one of the ones I love best is Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk. I’ve used it off and on for years. Another great item that I like to keep on hand while doing my hair is a water based hair spray/detangler/leave in conditioner. I’m currently using Johnson & Johnson Maintainance for dreadlocks is really best done on moist or wet hair. Depending on how long it takes your hair to dry compared to how long it takes to do your hair will let you know if you need to re-wet your hair while completing maintainance.

Since this is a bridal hair style trial, I decided to set my hair in the manner in which I plan to wear it. Since it is over one shoulder to the side, that is exactly how I set it. I made sure that I palm rolled AND set my hair in that same direction.

Setting Hair - Front

The way I set my hair for this trial was what I call a wet “braid out.” I call it this because I set my hair while wet by braiding it. The “out” part comes because I take out the braids (simple, I know 🙂

Setting Hair - Profile 2

Setting Hair - Back

After I set my hair I usually do one of two things. I either let my hair dry naturally and leave the set in for 24-48 hours OR I sit under a hood dryer for 3-5 hours.

Once my hair is completely dry, I removed the braids.

Braid Out - Front

Braid Out - Front

The set worked VERY well, if I say so myself :-). I love the fact that the hair is slightly molded in a side position. One of the things I noticed, however, is that my hair doesn’t really want to stay that way. The weight of my hair makes it want to fall away from the one shoulder look. I held it in place with a few strategically placed hair pens.

Braid Out - Profile 2

While I think my hair has come out pretty nice – I’m also glad that my friend Glenda will be there on my big day to actually STYLE my hair!

Bill Lawrence Salon, Adams Morgan

So, I made an appointment for a new style with Marissa at Bill Lawrence Salon. Now – to be honest – I never spoke with Marissa when making my appointment. I spoke with the receptionist. When I spoke to her I made it perfectly clear that this was a wedding day hair trial and I had long locks. I told her I wanted maintenance and a full style – this will take some time so I warned her in advance. She told me to come at 1pm and quoted me a price of $100 for maintenance and $55-$65 for the style. WOW. I have to pause in remembrance of that.

I get there at 1pm. I felt pretty happy about my expectations because I picked a relatively easy style. Granted, the picture I had to show Marissa (which I can’t seem to find now) was of a white girl – but still, it looked easy. The woman’s hair was wavy – like she’d had it curled and then the curls brushed out – from root to tip and it was gathered into a low side ponytail. (My fiancée likes my hair to the side:-) My hair is mid-way down my back; I’d think it can do a ponytail.

When it was my turn to get started, I introduce myself to Marissa and explain what I was looking for. She gets a worried look on her face and says that she can do my hair like the picture but in the “interest of time” she wanted to complete my maintenance first.

Side Note – for those of you who don’t have locks or don’t get them styled. When setting locks for a style, it’s always best to set the hair while wet. When getting maintenance done at the same time this means one of two things should happen: A) the stylist is very fast at performing maintenance and will be done before the hair starts to dry or B) the stylist does the maintenance and the setting of the hair at the same time. If the hair is not set while wet the desired set will not be achieved. What makes this more difficult is that locks dry slower when being set – meaning that the stylist has to spend more time with [you] than a typical client.
The fact that she seemed so concerned about time bothered me a little, as it felt like my desires for my hair style are to be sacrificed to her clock.

Marissa is a sweetheart and I enjoyed talking to her. She seemed knowledgeable about her craft. She used rather great smelling hair pomade made primarily of lemongrass. It’s made of all natural products so I grabbed a container to test.
Marissa completed my maintenance in about an hour and a half. That was about 30 minutes longer than at Twist It Sista. I have to admit that I liked Marissa’s maintenance a lot more. She took her time and made sure everything laid flat and held tight.

Once she was finished twisting my hair she told me that she didn’t have enough time to do my hair exactly the way I wanted or even the way she thought would look best. She told me she thought my hair would look best if my whole head was braided, set, dried completely, and then unbraided. After that she would style my hair.

That was what she thought would make my hair look best. What she was going to do was to braid my hair into one huge ponytail (without even a ribbon to hold the ponytail closed) and tell me to use my imagination for the rest. So I’m bummed. She’s obviously not thinking things through. She braided my hair ends about 4”-6” up and sat me under the dryer. She never checked to see if the ends of my hair were under the dryer, I did that myself.

After about 30-40 minutes of drying (my hair normally takes much longer than that) she takes me out. There is no bend or curl or anything to my hair. She pulls my hair into a side ponytail and sends me on my way – AFTER she reminds me that my hair will look much different on my wedding day.

I know it will, since I’m not coming back.

Maintenance $100
Style $30
Total $130 + tip

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