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."

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