So people, I thought I would switch things up for a second and see if it would help if I added a mayonnaise based pre-shampoo protein treatment to my hair regimen. Here is my proposed recipe:
2-3 tbsp mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
I will dampen my hair, apply the mixture and let it set for 30 minutes (a perfect excuse to relax in a nice steamy spa bath). Afterwards I will wash my hair with Shea Moisture's Hibiscus and Coconut Shampoo, and deep condition with Alter Ego for 30 minutes under a hooded bonnet dryer, rinse with clear water, use a homemade herbal rinse (rosemary and lavender), detangle, set on magnetic rollers, and sit under the bonnet dryer.
Side note: I've done the roller set for the past 2 weeks and while it dries and stretches my hair nicely, I've noticed a lot of fairy knot in the front of my hair especially - what's up with that? I'm hoping some extra conditioning will help... I don't know, well see.
While I like my other pre-shampoo treatments, I figure my hair could use all the moisture it can get. This recipe doesn't require a lot of ingredients - all of which I already have - and hopefully it won't hurt. Stay tuned...
... 1 hour later...
that protein treatment did not got as well as I would have hoped. As a matter of fact, once I shampoo'd and applied my deep conditioner treatment I had LOTS of shedding. Now I won't completely blame that on the protein treatment, but my hair was feeling quite papyrus-esque! Here's to hoping the rest of my routine salvages what's gone down already!
To Be Continued!...
Alrighty, so clearly, not all things are for all people and that's all right. I'm not one of these bloggers who wants to preach what everyone should be doing with their hair. Heck, if you want to put pigeon shit in your hair to make it grow, go for it! With that being said, I steered a bit from what I'd planned to do - in an effort to not be sitting under a bonnet dryer for two hours) and detangled, sealed with my oil mixture (castor oil, avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, tea tree, rosemary, and peppermint), and then used a heat protector (IC's Hair Straightening Serum) before using a round bristle brush and my hair dryer on light heat. Now, I've had that pretty costly brush for years, and tried to use it in the past (to not so pretty results), but the stars were aligned for me tonight because it worked out. You see, in the past couple weeks I've been doing the aforementioned roller set, but I noticed the fairy knots appearing out of no where, which began to attribute to my roller set (it's the only major change I've made in the past month that I can sort of blame for the knots) so I figured I would try to bristle brush to help stretch the hair at my ends as well. So it took about an hour, I did it, and I still had my big hair!
Here's a quick look at my hair growth progress from last year and a new photo from today :)