* 3 Eggs
* 1/2 Cup 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil
* Mix the eggs and oil together in a bowl
* Start Off With freshly washed hair
– I don’t like to shampoo afterwards, because protein can make the hair feel a little dry by itself, so shampooing afterwards would just be overload
* To make application easier, you can put the hair into four sections then apply all over the hair root to tip
– It can get a little messy, so if you can hold your head over a sink as you apply.
* Sit under a heated dryer for about 15-45 minutes (until egg and hair starts to feel stiff) You can also use a regular blow dryer
* Once the hair has become stiff and feels a little hard rinse. I rinse with conditioner only.
* After I complete my protein treatment I follow up with a good deep conditioning ALWAYS! This helps to keep my protein and moisture BALANCED. Too much or protein or moisture can lead to breakage.
How Do You Know You Need Protein?
If your hair is feeling limp, gummy, abnormally soft, or over moisturized, you need protein.
Beware Of Protein Overload
I know it is easy to start having issues with your hair and go straight to the protein treatment. I also know that some people do it as a routine to stay ahead of the damage. You want to be very careful with this only do protein treatments when NEEDED. Overloading your hair with protein can cause excessive dryness, make your hair feel hard or rough to the touch, and excessive breakage and shedding. Remember it is all about BALANCE. Balance between moisture and protein.
Are you Protein Sensitive?
I have used this phrase before, but it can be a pretty big box. I guess what I really want to say is, I don’t believe specific people or just born with protein sensitivity, it comes with certain routines and hair practices. Anyone can be protein sensitive it just depends on the state of your hair. So, I will try to break it down as much as possible.
Some people just don’t need to add regular protein treatments to their regimen. Our hair already has protein, so for those of us who have not chemically altered our hair and have pretty healthy hair practices it is not necessary. If you have done a protein treatment and you noticed your hair has not been the same. It is rough, it’s all of a sudden shedding and breaking you may be protein sensitive. Now, this is not something you can’t fix. It just means that you threw the balance of moisture and protein out of wack. You may have done a treatment that was too harsh, or you may have not needed any added protein at all. What you need to do is start working on the balance by adding as much moisture as possible. Weekly Deep conditioning until you feel like your hair is back on track. I always recommend a good hot oil treatment. Note: Low porosity hair is normally hair that does not need a heavy protein treatments often. If you are someone who uses heat like me it should only be necessary once every 1-2 months.
Making Scrambled Eggs In Your Hair
So, I have heard the horror stories of eggs actually cooking on the hair, and being hard to wash out. I have never experienced this before. I am sure adding the heat to your hair plays a part in that. Try not to put your dryer on high. Also when you rinse the egg out rinse with cool water if possible. I also think having an oil in your mixture is key to helping the egg rinse out easily. I would never just use plain egg in my hair. I am sure that would make the hair extremely dry making it harder to rinse some of the egg out. Also, if you are still on the fence about the egg being hard to wash out due to it cooking just go with a plastic cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes to an hour.
How Does Protein Treatments Work
When you are natural and you have not added any chemicals including relaxers and hair dyes, black hair tends to naturally have a low porosity. This means the cuticles on your hair strands are closed tightly. The older the hair gets the more the cuticles start to lift. Lifting is not necessarily a bad thing, it is great to be in the middle of low and high! Also, certain hair practices such as excessive manipulation, rough combing and styling can lift the cuticles. This kind of hair is usually considered to be damaged and it is difficult for the hair to maintain any moisture. This is when it is great to use a protein treatment, because it helps to fill in those gaps.
A Few Light Proteins Treatments / Conditioners
(I have ONLY used ORS Hair Mayo) Do your research before trying any of the products below!
ORS Hair Mayo
ORS Replenishing Pack
Neutrogena Triple Mositure Deep Recovery Mask
Hydratherma Naturals- Protein Leave In
Using egg seems to be a pretty strong protein treatment. I have tried other treatments in the past, and they were nothing like using eggs. So, remember there are lighter treatments out there for you to try if you are extremely sensitive to protein or you are a little hesitant about the process.
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