Protein Treatment – Homemade Mayonnaise

I’m thinking this hair of mine needs a protein treatment.  My protein-moisture balance needs redressing.  All this shedding; well it can’t be right.  Since I spritz and seal every day I figure a protein treatment is the place to start.

I used to use the Organic’s hair mayonnaise in times of need and it has served me well this last decade.   But now I’m too sensitive for that long and excessively processed ingredients’ list and besides I like mixing and making lotions and potions.

So I took a basic recipe from YouTube…

and away I went.

The products I used

That is bottled lemon juice.  I’m not loving the potassium metabisulphite but Lazy called and I answered.

And I’m not sure that the recipe was specifically calling for ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) but I couldn’t find the malt vinegar.

The steps I took

3 eggs, 8 oz olive oil, 0.5 oz vinegar, 0.5 oz lemon juice

I put the eggs in and whisked a bit and then I put in the acids and whisked a bit more and then I put in the olive oil and whisked a lot.  This is the perfect recipe for an electric hand whisk which I don’t have!

Finally I got to the point where both my hands and forearms were knackered and where I thought the mayonnaise wouldn’t drip off my hair.  But to be sure I refrigerated for half an hour for extra thickness.

The finished product

Prepping my hair

I had prepped my hair with an overnight pre poo using Tresemme naturals nourishing moisture conditioner with coconut oil and honey (mixed approximately 1:2:2) which was followed by a single wash using Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating shampoo.

Applying the hair mayonnaise

I sectioned my hair into 8 and applied the mayonnaise.  I wrapped my head up warm for 45 minutes (shower cap, T-shirt and towels) and then I rinsed it out with water as cold as I could bear (closing the cuticles and minimising the risk of cooking any of the eggs).

I followed up the treatment with an application of Tresemme naturals nourishing moisture conditioner which I kept on my hair for 20mins before rinsing out.

I air dried the hair for an hour or so and then applied Root2Tip triple M leave-in.  I sealed in the moisture with the Creme butter in the same range.

I bantu knotted; only stretching them out and pinning them around my head for bed (of course with a satin scarf).

Post scripts

The recipe made loads, I froze the remainder (about half a head’s worth).  Next time I’ll pro-rata the recipe based on 2 eggs

Next time I’m also going to try making it with coconut oil since I’ve got 4 containers to use up.  A cheap buy which I am certainly not regretting but I have since discovered that coconut oil on its own does nothing for my hair.