I used Egg in my hair as a protein treatment and here’s what happened

I love my hair as much as the next girl, and since I have decided to grow my hair out after going through my big chop (over one year ago, update coming soon), I figured that as long as I’m going through the wait, I might as well have fun along the way. Since my big chop, I’ve mostly kept my hair in protective styles for the sake of mainly growth, which has been fun in itself. Discovering yarn as extension options, doing my own hair (a complete adventure by itself), going from one hairstyle to another in a span of months, sometimes even weeks… The longer it’s been since my BC, the happier I grow with my hair. Not only am I seeing length return, but I also get to see the return of my natural curls, and this go around, I get to enjoy it as is, without feeling the need to relax it (note: not a jab at those who have relaxer, I just like my hair naturally for now).

Bringing in 2016, my hair is now reaching the point where I can do actual hairstyles that are easier for me that I couldn’t do with shorter hair. I also decided that this year I would be bolder in my search for more natural (and cheap) hair products that actually do well for my hair. Say hello to the Internet.

I have been in need of a protein treatment and being in an area where cafes and coffee shops are all the rage, I found myself in a hair desert, with the nearest beauty supply store being about an hour’s walk away. So I resigned myself to the much more accessible option: do it yourself with what you have in the kitchen.

Being a college student, I don’t usually have too much in my kitchen, and my fridge is almost perpetually empty. I was happy to find that there was something I could use that was definitely within my means and my reach: eggs. Having had a previous experience with an attempt of diy hair products (who said eggs and mayo would smell decently enough to even put near your head?), I went into this very cautiously. I was afraid that this protein treatment would leave my hair hard and disgusting, and worst of all, just as dry as when I first started. So, since I still had an egg left over, I figured the only sensible thing to do would be to try it, and put aside my reservations.

From searching through the web, I found that there are a few ways you can do this. I decided to beat the egg, and just massage it carefully though sections of my hair until everything from root to tip was covered in egg. It was very sticky, and smelled a little weird, but not as bad as the egg and mayo combined, so I couldn’t complain too much. Then I let it sit for about an hour, until it started to get hard. This part felt a little counterintuitive, as you wouldn’t want to let your hair get hard, but I was kind of relying on the website for guidance, so I realize it could be wrong.

Rinsing it out was definitely my favorite part, mainly because I didn’t want my hair to be hard. I wanted the opposite, and although I had a lot of doubt, I was seriously hoping that it would maybe even slightly help it.

Upon letting it air dry, I noticed a little bit more softness than I had before, and I did see that it helped my hair hold up a little more. Unfortunately, it did not pass my front-hair test (explanation coming soon), so I was a little bit sad, but everything else turned out okay.

Would I recommend it? I’m not sure? Everyone’s hair is different and reacts in different ways, but I would say that this is probably more oriented toward those with thinner hair, and those who only need a minor touch up in protein. For those like me, whose hair is thirsty as hell, this trick is probably not going to give you the drastic difference you were hoping for, and you may need to elevate a notch.

-JW

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Natural Hair Chronicles: Twist Fails and Wash Time

Hey all! So this is so late, but I have redone my hair and I thought I would walk you all through it. This is currently my tenth month completely natural, and I spent the year before transitioning before clipping off my relaxed ends. Now, I am loving my hair more and more each day and am waiting patiently to get to my goal of mid-black length, and also focusing on keeping my hair moisturized and healthy. My hair used to be so long, and I know with time and care I can get it back to that length once again.
So first, before I could do anything to my hair, I had to take out my previous braids which were literally hanging onto my hair desperately. That took about two hours.
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Next, I carefully went through and did a quick dry detangle before getting to the washing. I was rather happy to see that I had a lot less hair breakage than I do with other braiding extensions. I know with microbraids it was a little wearing on my kitchen area, and with yarn, I haven’t lost any of my edges.
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Then, I started my washing routine. Like many naturalistas, I am a bit of a product junkie, but I am starting to come up with my key favorites. The products I used this time were a few favorites mixed with products I’m still on the fence about. Coconut oil and jojoba have so far been really helping my hair, and they definitely help soothe itching in those later stages of wearing extensions (you know that Itch).
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I was pleasantly surprised to see that my hair actually was noticeably longer, and I am starting to feel a bit better. I wanted to be at the length I was pre chop come my year mark, and I hadn’t been actively checking, so it was nice to make note of that. I feel like if I thought about it too much, I would obsess over how long my hair was every single day. Nowadays, I focus on defining my curls.
Once I finished and put in oils and leave-in conditioner, I sat down with my computer, some food, and the yarn that I pre-cut, and got right into work in front of my mirror. I split this part up into two days, over Saturday and Sunday morning. I think it took me less time this time around because I made bigger sections and I knew what I was doing, so my fingers had started to put the quick braiding to muscle memory. I had plenty of yarn to spare.
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I finished at about 11:30 am on Sunday morning, and spent the rest of that time sealing the ends of my hair. Unfortunately my lighter ran out before  finished, and I got too lazy to go get another one (the struggle), so I still have unsealed ends, but they blend in pretty well.
Braiding my hair, the entire process, took about 12 hours, including taking my hair out and washing. That was definitely shorter than the first time I did it. I think a big part of it was pre-cutting the yarn. It was really tedious cutting the skeins myself, but I do feel it was worth it, because I didn’t have to stop between braids and cut more.
I said I was going to do yarn twists, but that was a complete and total fail. I have no idea what I did, and out of sheer mental exhaustion, I went back to braiding. But maybe next time I can sit down and figure out the twists part of it. We’ll see.
I plan to do a length check around my year mark. I’ll blow out my hair and see wear it’s at. Until the, I will continue on using my yarn. Everyone always talks about finding the right protective style for you, and I think this is the one for me. It’s light, it’s easy to install, and I don’t think about it once I’ve put it in. I don’t have to worry about getting it wet, and I can still do things the same way.
What are your favorite protective styles? Do you have a desired hair length you’re working toward? What are your favorite natural hair products?
-JW

Natural Hair Chronicles: Wait, That’s Yarn??!

Hi, everyone! Today is going to be a lighter post as I take the time to talk about my hair. This might seem overdone with the whole natural hair movement, but my hair is something I invest in, and I want to take the time to rant and rave about it.

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Natural Hair Chronicles: Summer Edition

At the end of December of 2014, I did my big chop after letting my hair transition for a year. For the past six months, I have come to learn a lot about my hair. Like, for instance, when my hair decides not to cooperate (which is quite a lot :p), it’s not the end of the world. These past six months have been challenge for me, but I’ve picked up a few tips along the way that I find particularly helpful for this time of the year.

1) Don’t Be Afraid To Try Out New Products. That’s not to say to go above and beyond your means, but feel free to try new things. With the extra time to spare, your hair definitely could use a few spa days along with you. I recently went to Whole Foods and spent $40 on virgin olive and coconut oil, flax seeds, and jojoba oil. I also went to Walgreen’s and got a few things from the Shea Moisture line. Your hair is like a person. People need to eat certain things for them to grow and be healthy. Nobody is going to the same exact things as another person. Your hair is the same way. Be willing to take some time and figure out what works for your hair specifically.

2) Hair bonnets and Wraps are a MUST! I was very naive when I was younger and assumed that my hair only needed to be wrapped when my hair was straightened or in some intricate hairstyle. Soo not true. When I first went completely natural, I found myself waking up to my hair a tangled and dry mess, even if I had moisturized and detangled it the night before. Your hair needs to be protected while you sleep. All the time you move around, your hair takes a hit. it also leaves you more susceptible for tangles and single-strand knots. Hair bonnets and wraps not only protect your hair, they help lock moisture in. And, if that doesn’t seal the deal, you can find them just about everywhere for cheap!

3) Stop Focusing on Your Length. At the beginning of 2014, I would always stress about my hair being too short. I had gone from almost waist length to a small bob at most, and I was definitely missing it. As a college student, stressing out about little things like this is the easiest way to drive yourself to insanity. Focus on the health of your hair. I would much rather have healthy short hair that can bounce back and withstand multiple stylings rather than dead, dull, long hair. Enjoy the journey. Your decision to go natural means a commitment, and true dedication. Your hair grows at a fixed rate. Of course there are ways to help it grow a little faster, but after that there is nothing you can do short of doing a dance to the heavens.

4) Put Your Hair In a Low Maintenance Hairstyle. Whatever style you find that works for your hair, run with it. That’s just a normal summer tip. When I was younger, my mother would put mine and my sisters’ hair into a cornrow-ed style (I hate cornrows now) and she would leave it in for the summer. Your hair grows a lot better and has a lot less breakage when you aren’t constantly touching it. It gives your hair a chance to breathe and run it’s natural growing phase. I currently have my hair in mini twists that I take down and re do every couple of weeks when it gets frizzy.

Those are some tips that have been doing a lot for me this summer. What helps your hair? Leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks for reading!

-JW