This is round three, prepping my hair for extensions.
So after carefully taking the hair out, washing and deep conditioning, i have to do a protein treatment then a deep conditioner again.
- WASH- As i said last time, make sure your scalp and hair is clean. I usually do six chunky braids for a braid out after washing my hair. When I do this I use Coconut oil to lock in moisture and to keep my hair from drying and breaking.
- PROTEIN TREATMENT- I usually use a homemade protein treatment.
“Your hair is made up of protein. Everyday styling and environmental pollution can strip moisture out of your hair. The best way to put moisture and shine back to your hair is by getting a protein treatment. Protein smooths the cuticle of the hair, creating smoother strands and stronger hair. Protein treatments are expensive at salons. Instead of buying those pricey treatments you can make your own easily at home. Homemade protein treatments are all natural and with frequent use you get a long lasting result.” Seven Beauty Tips
Here are some examples.
MAYONAISE & AVACADO;Mayonnaise is made of oil and egg so it’s very moisturizing for your hair. The high-fat content of avocados makes hair less dry and prone to breakage. Mix two tbsp mayonnaise and half mashed avocado in a bowl until creamy. Apply this homemade conditioner through your hair concentrating on the ends. For even distribution, use a wide tooth comb.
YOGURT MASSAGE; Dairy products like cream and yogurt contain Lactic acid which gently cleanses while fat moisturizes. Mix egg and yogurt for a deep conditioning protein treatment.Simply, massage 3 tbsp sour cream or yogurt into your hair. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse and shampoo hair. You can apply this treatment every week.
EGG MASK; Egg is the best source of protein for your hair. The yolk is rich in fat and protein which is extremely moisturizing. The white is full of bacteria eating enzymes which cleanses your hair and scalp. Use a full egg for normal to dry hair. For oily hair and scalp, use only whites. Egg alone or mixed with more protein rich ingredients can be applied to the hair. This treatment can be used every two weeks or monthly. Take one egg or two depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Beat until frothy and apply it your hair and scalp. Make sure all your hair is properly covered with egg. Cover with a shower cap and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cold water and shampoo. If you find the smell of egg unpleasant, add a few drops of lemon juice.
I usually use the following, but I am thinking of adding Yogurt to my regiment.
- Half an Avacado
- A banana
- Quater cup of Cocunut Milk
- 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil/ Olive Oil
- 2 Eggs
- 4 Table spoons of Mayonaise
Let the treatment stay in overnight. make sure the baggie you use is secure around your head or you will definitely wake up to a mess. Those stains aren’t easy to wash off the pillow case.
I then wash off the treatment the next morning and put in a moisturizer, preferably one with a nice fragrance because the eggs with leave a smell that will follow you to the end of days.
3. STRAIGHTENING & BRAIDING
I know I once said limit the amount of heat on your hair. Because of my hair texture, I have to straighten my hair before braiding or it will just be useless work. I blow dry it to the point where it is manageable and not bone straight. I like putting a leave in moisturizer and sealing it with coconut oil before braiding the next day.
Make sure your braids are not too tight and the extensions are not too heavy. The last thing you want is to cause hair breakage after doing all that work.
***I did a Mohawk, for the full pictures check them out on my Instagram. As you can see the lines and the braids are small. This is a little risky when it comes to take down. That is why I take them out myself, you have to be careful and gentle. If you are not having a good day, don’t do it. Breakage is very easy when it comes to this size braids. If you are in Kenya, use Darling Ultra, Jumbo braids or Expression.