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DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

Hello Maicurlies,

Here we go, another whipped butter recipe however, this one is a little different to the others.

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

I sort of came up with the mix because I decided to try and make my own whipped butter Deep Conditioner (DC). After a few experiments I came up with a combination that I loved and more importantly that my hair loved so I had to share.

In this recipe I use a combination of protein, a little bit of moisturizing ingredients (just a tiny bit) and butter, so the end result is a protein packed whipped DC butter! This butter DC works similarly to a regular Protein DC except that the addition of the whipped butter really makes my hair feel wonderful after rinsing it out. My curls pop, my hair shines and I do not get that stiff crunchy feeling you can sometimes get from regular protein DC’s. It also helps with shedding, breakage and strength. I will admit that I do not apply this as often as I do my regular Fortifying Protein Deep Conditioner because I love my butters and I am not a fan of washing it away (I am greedy like that)! 

Having said that, if your hair is protein sensitive then you might want to thread carefully (if at all). All hair requires a little protein, yes even though with protein sensitive hair, but you will want to modify the ingredients I use and also spread out when you apply the product so your hair doesn’t end up being overloaded with protein. (Alternative suggestions are below).

Ingredients/Tools Used:

  • 2 oz Whipped Butter (I used my DIY Whipped Shea Butter but you can use any whipped butter of choice).
  • 2 oz Deep Conditioner (I prefer using a Moisturizing DC since I add protein in this recipe).
  • 0.6 oz Lightly warmed up Rose Water – (can be replaced it with plain water).
  • 0.1 oz Gelatin (protein).
  • 1 Egg Yolk – protein (use the egg whites for breakfast or a face mask).
  • Spatula
  • Gloves
  • Bowl (for mixing)
  • Whisk
  • Container

Mixing:

I first re-whip my whipped Shea Butter just to make everything super fluffy. I then add in the DC and whisk again. I lightly warm up the Rose Water or plain water if you are not using Rose Water (it should just be warm not boiling). I sprinkle the Gelatin over the water and then stir to let it dissolve (set aside). I then add 1 egg yolk to the mix (I skip the egg whites because I always end up with bits of cooked egg in my hair if I add egg whites). Once the gelatin has dissolved I add the gelatin/rose water to the butter whip for the last time and then transfer to my bowl.

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

DIY Protein Whipped Deep Conditioner Butter

Application:

I apply the mix onto freshly washed (damp/wet) hair, cover with clingfilm, a shower cap and usually a scarf to keep my head nice and warm. The warmth helps to open the cuticles and allows the nourishing benefits to really seep into the hair. After 30 – 45 minutes I rinse out the DC with cold water. If you use warm water you run the risk of cooking the egg yolk in your hair and if you used the whole egg then the risk is even higher thanks to the egg white (cooked egg in your hair is difficult to get out)! I then reluctantly apply a moisturizing DC. I say reluctantly because my hair always feels awesome but doing a moisturizing DC helps to restore the balance of moisture/protein. 

Storage:

It is not recommended to keep this DC for later use due to the combination of the butter, liquid and egg yolk. If you have any extra then I would suggest storing it in your freezer (if you must I would just splatter all the DC onto your hair). If you have made the mix ahead of time do not keep it for any longer than a few days in your fridge (it MUST be kept in your fridge if you have to make it ahead of time) trust me, any longer and you will regret opening the container! If it has been stored in the fridge or freezer the butter will become hard so you will need to take it out at least 30 minutes to 1 hour before you plan to apply it. 

Ingredient Modifications/Alternatives: 

If you have protein sensitive I would be cautious about how you use this mix (if you opt to do so) and how often you use it. Too much protein can cause protein overload for anyone but those with protein sensitive hair are more susceptible to it. I recommend you

  • Make sure you use a moisturizing DC instead of a Protein DC.
  • Use either the egg yolk or the gelatin powder (not both).
  • Add more moisturizing ingredients e.g. glycerin/honey/aloe Vera juice. 
  • Leave the DC on for no more than 30 minutes and only apply it a couple of times a year.
  • Follow up with a Moisturizing DC for no less than 1 hour. 

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and the mix, would love to get some feedback if any of you try it!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Fortifying Protein Deep Conditioner

Hey Maicurlies,

I mentioned in a previous post that I have been experimenting with making a super strengthening Protein Deep Conditioner (DC) to help not only with breakage but also shedding. So far so good! I have a new Protein DC that my hair seems to really like but I will state that this is really quite “strong” so if you have Protein sensitive hair I would avoid trying this!

Protein DCI ALWAYS do a Moisturizing DC afterwards to restore balance and the hair’s elasticity levels back to normal. If you use too much Protein you hair might snap of when manipulated therefore always I repeat always do a moisturizing DC afterwards (regardless of how strong/weak the Protein DC might be).

For this Protein DC I use a “special” ingredient which is Gelatine. Now for those of you who are vegan or vegetarian I would suggest not doing this because of the contents of Gelatine. For those of who who eat jellies or certain deserts like Penna Cotta then it shouldn’t bother you (yes I am a Penna Cotta fan).

Gelatine is mainly made up of the amino acids, glycine and proline  found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals (which is why vegans and vegetarians might not like the DC). It is a really good source of protein that strengths, adds shine, protects the hair from split ends and helps prevent breakage.

Recipe:

  • 1 Egg yolk – packed with protein to help strengthen hair strands
  • 1 teaspoon plain gelatin powdervery strong protein helps strengthen the hair and reduce breakage.
  • 1/3  cup green tea & hibiscus tea  – helps hair shedding, provides shine and the green tea is known to darken the hair, prevent premature graying while the hibiscus helps highlight red tones
  • 1/2 cup* Conditioner ( I use Suave Naturals Aloe & Waterlily) you can use any conditioner you want
  • 2 teaspoons Coffee Infused Almond Oil  – known to help stimulate growth & help reduce shedding (you can use any carrier oil of choice)

*I use a lot of conditioner to coat my hair which is quite long, you can use less for shorter hair or more if you have thick hair.

Protein DC

Protein DC

Mixing Instructions:
  • Bring the green and hibiscus tea to a boil and let it cool down till it is warm.
  • Sprinkle the gelatine over the warm tea (not hot) and stir stir stir.
  • Separate the egg yolk from egg whites (I use the egg white for a face mask – not nice smelling but effective!)
  • Put egg yolk and conditioner in a container and whisk for 1 minute till fluffy and creamy.
  • Add the Coffee Infused Oil and cooled down gelatine tea to the egg yolk conditioner and whisk for a few seconds.

Application

  • I apply on damp hair that has been cleansed. Applying on cleansed hair means there is no product build up/ dirt as a barrier between the hair and DC.
  • I cover my hair with a shower cap and a wet warm facecloth on top to keep the DC warm. (You may need to rewarm the wet facecloth but do not put a HOT facecloth on your head. I also would avoid using a heating cap because this could potentially “cook” the egg yolk and harden the gelatin while on your hair)
  • I leave it on for no more than 1 hour, rise and then follow up with a Moisturizing DC.

 
Have you used a Protein DC with gelatine? If so how? If you plan on using this DC I would love to hear from you!

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Protective Style & Castor Oil Week 5 Update

Hey Maicurlies,

First I want to apologize for being late with this post I once again got caught up with work and personal stuff but I am here with an update!

Protective Style Challenge Week 5

                                 Protective Style Challenge Week 5

There is just one week left of my Protective Style and Castor Oil challenge and I can proudly say that I am glad I did it and look forward to incorporating more protective styles into my routine from now on.

For a recap of my previous weeks click below:

How did my fifth week go?

Similar to the previous weeks, everything followed together really well. I had my hair tucked away for 6 days of the week, used my Castor Oil Mix 4 times and then washed my hair. I noticed that I tend to do a really quick style at the start of the week and then try to do a little more for the second part (probably because I subconsciously want a little more “oomph” on the weekend). I will admit that when I took my twists down on the first day I really really wanted to rock a twist-out…the definition was AMAZING but I was strong.

The first style I did was a SUPER quick and simple tuck and pin and then finished with a big puff bun with a deep side-bang (I really liked this one)!

What Did I do?

  • I did my wash day routine on Sunday which included a new and improved Protein Deep Condition (DC) followed by my Moisturizing DC. (The Protein DC involved egg yolks, hibiscus tea, gelatin, coffee infused oil and a little conditioner. I will eventually have a write-up and how to video). I moisturized my hair with my creamy leave-in conditioner, lightly sealed with a tiny bit of oil and then added some of my whipped butter before putting my hair into 12 twists.
  • Day 1 – After taking the twists down I massaged my Castor Oil Mix on my scalp, hairline, ends and randomly pinned my hair back. There was no real strategy to the method I lightly rolled my hair at the front, tucked it and used bobby pins to hold it in place. For the hair at the back I loosely rolled my hair under and then pinned it (repeating this every morning gave me slight variations in the look).
  • Day 3 – I reapplied my Castor Oil mix to my scalp, hairline and ends.
  • Day 4 – I moisturized my hair with my DIY Creamy Leave-In Conditioner and sealed with Almond Oil. I then put my hair into a big puff bun with a side-bang.
  • Day 5 – I took down my hair at night, massaged my scalp, hairline and ends with my Castor Oil Mix then pineappled for the night.
  • Day 6 – I repeated what I did the night before.
  • Day 7 – Wash day routine and then got my hair ready for the final week.

Castor Oil Challenge:

I still am amazed at the fact that although I have fine hair, I can still get away with using a thick oil like castor without ending up with greasy limp hair. Since I thoroughly enjoyed incorporating my whipped butter into my routine last week I used it again and yes this addition is a winner! I ended the week with hair that wasn’t thirsty, dull or knotty. I will say that I started the week with hair that felt different…stronger, I think my hair was in need of a really strong Protein DC. I will just end this with: I was working with hair that retained moisture, had less tangles and less frizz = happy Mai.

So digging this challenge experience and experiment!

On the last home stretch! 

Maicurls

Maicurls

 

Protein boost for shed hair

Good Evening Maicurlies! 

Recently I started noticing that I might have a little more shed hair than what I consider “normal” (for myself). I have an article on Global Couture about the difference between hair shed and breakage here. I will quickly explain below about shedding just  in case you are a “newling”, 

What is shed hair?

Shed hair is “old” hair that falls out because its life cycle has ended. We know that hair is not “alive” per say but even so it has a life cycle. The life cycle begins when it forms under the scalp to when it sprouts from your scalp and finally falls out. On average hair grows for 2 – 8 years before falling out but it depends from person to person. 

You can identify shed hair due to the bulb at the end (where it fell from your scalp). It has a white round shape to it due to the lack of melanin (color) that occurs right before the hair is about to fall out. It is said that it’s normal to have 50 – 100 pieces of shed hair per day so if you start seeing much much more than that you might need to investigate. 

What can cause excessive shed hair?

The number one person why you might experience excessive shedding is because of a lack of protein. But this is not the only cause of excess shed hair:

  • Health/medical issues
  • pregnancy
  • not enough exercise/improper eating
  • stress
  • new products
  • reactions to medicine

can also contribute to excess shed hair. It is important to try and pin point when you start noticing the difference and what exactly could be causing it. This is where a Hair Journal can come in handy. I have written about keeping a Hair Journal here.

My hair is long and when double or triple folded it can look deceiving like a lot more than just 1 piece but regardless, there has been more shed hair than normal and I think it might be my conditioner. I am now researching to find another conditioner (that’s a whole other story)!

I do want to reinforce my protein treatments which is why I have come up with a “fortified” Deep Conditioner (DC).

My normal protein treatment consists of:

Protein DC for strength

                             Protein DC for strength

  • 1/3 cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Conditioner
  • 1 teaspoon Grape Seed Oil

New “fortified” Protein DC:

  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Conditioner

I will of course follow up with my moisturizing DC afterwards to re-balance my hair. Hopefully with a stronger protein DC and a new conditioner that will help keep the shed hair in line!

What is your favorite Protein DC? What do you do if you notice excssive shed hair? I would love to hear from you! 

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Simple DIY Deep Conditioners

Hello Maicurlies

As you well know, I am a DIY freak! I love the whole research and mixing process (some trails are a fail but that is part of the fun right?!) Anyways, I came across a post in Natura Magazine by TyLisa which covers the topic of DIY Deep Conditioners. 

photo credit: Chiot's Run via photopin cc

               photo credit: Chiot’s Run via photopin cc

I of course have my own concoctions that I mix up for Moisture, Protein and Strengthening

It is important to have a balance of moisture and protein so that your hair is neither dry nor “mushy” or “stretchy” when it is over moisturized. Having a balanced routine means that your hair is receiving the right amount of nourishment to be healthy, thrive and grow.

There are three really simple yet effective DIY Deep Conditioners in the article “The World of Homemade Deep Conditioners“. If you are not the biggest fan of mixing a bunch of ingredients together these recipes are so simple and you probably already have the ingredients at home that you have to give it a try. Trust me once you get the DIY bug in you, you won’t want to stop!

Maicurls

Maicurls

              

DIY Protein Deep Conditioner Video Uploaded

Good Morning lovelies,

protein

So I finally recorded, edited and loaded up my Protein Deep Conditioner video here. I am a bit of a stickler to getting the video “just right” (which is why it takes me ages to load up and it still is not “just right” buuuuut if I kept on edited it would take me forever!)

Anyways so that’s a wrap for my Wash Day Routine! 😀 I am very happy to finish off one “series”. 

I will be starting on my Daily Routines which basically is just to Moisturize my hair and Seal in that Moisture. I am looking forward to doing the styling videos (which will be after my Daily Routines Videos) so I can not wait till I am done with my Daily Routine videos. I will probably have 3 videos or 2 (if I can squeeze both my DIY Leave-In Conditioner mixes into one video.)

I hope you have a fantastic day!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls

Hair Care Written up

Alright guys so I just wanted to give you a very quick summary of all the Hair Care Routine write-ups I have done so far (04.09.2013)

I have basically written up ALL of my Hair care routines. I not only show the ingredients I use to create my DIY products but I also provide the quantities I use, mixing instructions and application process. In some of them I have image demonstrations because I used snapshots from the Videos I already have. As and when I make videos I will be adding image demonstrations of the application or mixing process.

The Hair Care Routine Write-ups I have are:

You can click on each of the links above to go directly to each products explanation. Click here for an overview of my Hair Care Routines. I really do hope you guys find this interesting!

Thanks

Maicurls

Maicurls