Am 9 weeks 4 days post relaxer today!
I’ve been having a bad hair week due to an itchy scalp. All i could think off was dousing my scalp with coconut oil – that always offers some relief. However, i figured it would be better to just clarify my hair and freshen up my scalp. So, yesterday morning i woke up and shampooed my hair with Enliven shampoo (it has sulfates and leaves my hair-scalp squeaky clean). I let my hair airdry before proceeding to the next step.
The plan was to follow up with a deep conditioning treatment (last one was about 2 weeks ago). This time round i decided to use mayonnaise. My mum had a full jar of the stuff and the expiry date on it was 4 days from today. She was going to toss it in the bin, but i told her i’d use it on my hair instead 🙂
A lil’ info about mayonnaise for hair
Like many store-bought hair masks, mayonnaise contains oils that deeply moisturize hair making it perfect for dry or chemically processed hair. It coats hair and in doing so, adds shine and protects it from heat styling. The protein present in mayonnaise strengthens weak strands thus preventing breakage. Vinegar, also present in mayo, restores damaged hair to a healthy pH. The contents of mayonnaise are also great for nourishing/conditioning the scalp.
I added some honey, extra virgin olive oil and 1 egg to the mayonnaise, stirred it up and applied it to my freshly shampooed, nearly dried hair. Most sources advice against shampooing hair first but my scalp was too itchy and dirty; i just felt gross…had to do something about it first.
Application was easy due to the creamy consistency of the mixture. As usual, i slathered the stuff to my hair, basically coating every strand. My hair instantly felt hard…i could still manipulate it but i wasn’t soft at all. It felt like you’d expect it to after doing a protein treatment. Actually, it felt the way it usually does when i do an egg treatment.
I covered my hair with a plastic bag (shower caps just never work for me) then secured that with a scarf. I left the mixture on for about 45 minutes. After that time was up, i rinsed my hair with cold water. You don’t want to use warm or hot water, if you do, you’ll end up with cooked egg(s) in your hair. No bueno.
I honestly hadn’t planned on doing a moisturizing deep conditioning treatment afterwards. Mayo is supposed to make your hair soft (or so they say). My hair was still hard after the treatment, not necessarily a bad thing. The way it felt, that just means that the treatment worked (as a strengthening treatment). I think adding an egg to my mixture is what caused my hair to feel hard. I’ll have to use mayo on its own to see if thats the case. Another reason for doing the deep conditioning treatment afterwards was because my hair stunk It stunk of mayo and egg uugghh! Had to get rid of that.
Moving along…The last step to my seemingly long wash day was the actual deep conditioning treatment. This time i didn’t bother adding anything to the product. I used it as is (left it on as i worked out). My hair softened up and smelt fruity in the end 🙂
I air dried it in a bun similar to this one.