Over the course of my hair journey I have made some pretty serious boo boos. In the search for the perfect product combination, it is safe to say that I have turned over most stones. So I am going to list out a few of my most disastrous attempts at DYI beauty treatments and why they didn’t work. Hopefully this will save you from making some of the same mistakes.
Eggs for Protein
You’ll need: 1 yolk of egg and 1 cup milk. Beat the egg yolk until it’s frothy and add the milk. You can add 1/ 2 tbsp. of rosewater if you have some. Apply the mixture generously to the entire hair, concentrating on the ends. Let the mask penetrate for 10 / 15 minutes and then rinse your hair thoroughly.
My first attempt was with a wash-n-go
- My hair was sticky
- Residue was very dense (it looked like bits of scrambled eggs)
- Had to clarify my hair to get it all out.
I’m pretty sure it went badly because the water was too warm. My second attempt I rinsed with ice-cold water:
- Hair was firm/stiff
- Very shiny when dry
- Very little frizz
- I flat ironed it a few days latter and the residue came back
Mayonnaise Deep Conditioner:
Take about one cup of mayonnaise and put it in your dry hair. Massage it through your scalp and then leave it in for 15 minutes before shampooing. This trick will get you super-soft hair. (Passport to Beauty by Shalini Vadhera).
I tried this in boarding school with a bunch of my mates. We bargained with the café’s main chef to give us a take-out tray full of mayo. We tried it as a deep conditioner:
- This smelt terrible (the stench wafted through the dorm)
- It was too heavy and oily (probably because we put on too much)
- It didn’t rinse out well (we used sea breeze to get out the stench)
- My hair was soft but no significant change
- None of us (six girls) thought it was worth it
Henna for Straight hair And a Looser Curl Pattern
Mix high quality henna powder in lemon juice. Let it sit over night or for 4-8 hrs. Apply to hair in generous amounts, ensuring that the hair is fully covered.
I wore my hair straight for years. Like many others, it was my quest to get my hair as flat as possible. Well Henna did the trick! It is regrettable now because it also dropped my curl pattern more then I was expecting it to. But after 3 henna applications (over the course of 3 months) I flat ironed my hair and it turned out like the fantasy-shampoo-girl-hair I always wanted. No frizz, it flowed wonderfully, and was humidity resistant. I’m telling you I looked Chinese.
The down side was that when I washed my hair it was limp and wavy. It didn’t look bad but it wasn’t the hair I had grown to know and love. It took about a year and a half for my original pattern to recover.
- I hated it
- It was bone straight
- Flat and limp
- Henna can be very drying so I deep conditioned often.
In spite of these mishaps, I still continue to experiment and have fun with my hair. The only difference is that I am no longer trying to change it. I love my hair the way it is. I don’t know why it took me so long to accept it, but now all I want is healthy hair.
- These are some pretty common treatments. Have you tried any of them?
- Have you had similar results with these treatments?
- What are some DIY treatments you have done?
- How has your approach to hair care changed since you went natural?