Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Protein Hair Mask

Every gal who is into "hair" knows that once in a while your mane needs a protein boost. A hair mask is a wonderful way to baby your crowning glory and give it some needed protein.

I will share the original recipe for the mask I use as well as the version I prefer for my low porosity—as in no porosity—hair. My version works better on my hair because the original is too heavy for me—it contains too much oil.

Those of you who not familiar with the term "porosity" may want to do some detective work and find out more information as well as your hair's porosity.

The short story is that low porosity does not absorb oils and moisture easily while high porosity hair soaks up oil and moisture. On the other end, some of us also have normal porosity hair—which of course means it lands in the middle between low and high.

Here is a video which will explain this further.

Regular Protein Mask:
One egg yolk
1 tablespoon of honey
3 tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil

My Protein Mask:
One egg yolk
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
A few drops of your oil of choice—mine is Argan oil
A little conditioner for thickening. I like Nature's Gate

NOTE: This recipe is for hair my length—classic. You may need to adjust for your hair length and thickness. Still use one egg yolk, just adjust the other ingredients.

  • Mix all the ingredients together. 
  • You can either apply this mask to dry or damp hair. I find it easier to apply it to damp hair.
  • Section your hair into two parts and apply.
  • Cover your hair with a plastic bag or a shower cap. You can then add a towel or whatever you prefer to help heat your hair. Heat allows the oils to penetrate if you have low porosity hair. I like to use a bandana. 
  • Leave the mask on for at least one hour. I often leave it on for two to three hours— not because I noticed a difference but rather because I was distracted.
  • Rinse the mask out under warm water.
  • Shampoo your hair, and then, rinse out. 
  • I condition and comb through with my brush and leave it to sit while I shave. 
  • Rinse out.
NOTE: None of my hair products contain "cones." The use of cones in my hair mask recipe will make your hair "gunky."

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Winter Hair Care

All y'all long hair gals already know that you need a Summer and Winter routine I'm sure. I discovered my Winter routine last year and I'm still figuring it out so let's get started.

I have classic length hair that is coarse and low porosity (oils just sit on top of my hair instead of soaking in).

I oil my hair the day before I wash. I use one of two oils but you can use any oil that works best for you. I use Moroccan Argan oil. The amount of oil you use is up to you.

Then, I brush through my hair with a boar bristle brush (a BBB) to spread the oils throughout all the length.

Next, I usually braid or bun my hair to keep it from collecting pounds of dust and to ensure I don't put oils everywhere. A good bun for this purpose is Torrin's rope braided bun.

I do a variation of this bun. I can't put my hair in that high of a pony because it gives me a headache.  I do a lower rope braided bun without putting it in a pony first, or I do two dutch braids. You can do whatever works best for you.

On wash day, I wash my hair just like for my Summer routine with only one difference. At the end of my wash, I do an apple cider vinegar rinse. It's super easy to do. All you need is 1 cup of water (warm or cold, doesn't matter) and 1 to 4 tablespoons of ACV. The more oil you have in your hair the more ACV you will need.

An important note: Do the ACV rinse BEFORE you shave or it will burn your legs. What I do is put it in my hair before I shave then let it sit in my hair while I shave.

The ACV will leave a light smell in your hair but you can add essential oils to your rinse. It isn't a very strong smell and it dissipates quickly.

Here is a list of some essential oils that are good for your hair:
  • Lavender may help to promote hair growth and overall scalp health.
  • Peppermint will cause a cold tingling feeling but its nothing to worry about. It may promote hair growth.
  • Rosemary may help promote hair growth and thickness.
  • Cedarwood may help to promote growth and reduce hair loss.