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Protein Strengthening and Fortifying Deep Conditioner

Hey Maicurlies,

A little while ago I wrote a post about a DIY Protein Deep Conditioner (DC) and raved about how much I liked my new mix. Since that previous post (read here) I have recorded a “how to” video of my recipe:

Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

Ingredients:

  • 0.8oz. of warm plain water (to help dissolve the Gelatine)
  • 1.3oz. Unflavoured Gelatine
  • 4oz. Conditioner (I prefer using a moisturizing conditioner so my hair is overloaded with protein)
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1.3oz hibiscus/green tea
  • 0.2oz Coffee Infused Almond Oil (you can use any carrier oil)

There are 3 things I want to mention about my mix:

  1. This is a STRONG Protein DC so if you have protein sensitive hair this probably is NOT for you.
  2. This recipe includes non vegan/vegetarian friendly ingredients but you can replace them with other ingredients if you wish e.g. yogurt or even an overripe avocado that has been blended and passed through a sieve.
  3. ALWAYS follow up with a moisturizing DC afterwards to restore the moisture/protein balance in your hair.

Mixing Instructions:

  1. First sprinkle the Gelatine over the warm water and stir rigorously to make sure everything dissolves. (You could also sprinkle it over the warm hibiscus/green tea)
  2. Add the dissolved Gelatine to the conditioner.
  3. Add the egg yolk (I use the egg whites for breakfast so I don’t waste anything).
  4. Add the coffee infused almond oil (you can use any carrier oil).
  5. Slowly pour in the hibiscus/green tea.
  6. For good measure I pour my mix into a tall container to whisk (a tall container helps to avoid splashing) and that is it! 
Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

Protein Strengthening & Fortifying DC

How I apply the Deep Conditioner:

I only apply this mix every 5 weeks on damp hair has has been cleansed. After application I cover my hair with a shower cap or clingfilm, followed by a plastic bag and an old scarf to help keep my head warm or a damp and lightly warm face cloth. DO NOT USE  a steamer, heated cap etc. because it can cook the eggs in your hair! I leave the DC on my hair for 45 minutes to maximum 1 hour and then rinse it out and follow up with my Moisturizing Deep Conditioner to restore the elasticity balance in my hair. 

Would love to hear what you think if you try this recipe! 

Thanks

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

Hair Care Routines Posted!

I have written down my Hair Care Routines under (surprise surprise) Mai Hair Routines. At the start of the year I decided to try and use at least 80% -90% natural products in my hair care. I have slowly substituted certain items and wanted to try them for at least a few months to see if I like them or not so I have updated it! I LIKE!

This is just a basic summary of my routines. I will start breaking down my methods in  ‘series’ so that you see each of my processes step by step. For my blog I will do write-ups along with pictures, explaining my processes. I will also provide links to the videos in case there ends up being too much writing…I will keep you posted as and when I load up videos.

Thanks!

Maicurls

Maicurls