I saw this Tweet earlier on using mayonnaise on natural hair and decided to do a post on it.
Yes, you can use store bought mayonnaise as a treatment for your natural hair. And it is readily available at most Kenyan stores and is not too costly. I got this jar
for 170ksh, I think, at Tuskys. And it’s an excellent hotdog condiment. Who doesn’t like hotdogs?
Mayonnaise generally contains egg yolks, oils, and either vinegar or lemon juice.
Eggs, as we’ve mentioned earlier, are an excellent protein treatment for your hair. They strengthen your hair follicles, making them harder to break and will reduce split ends.
Vinegar contains acetic acid which is a chelating agent. This basically means it forms bonds with heavy metals such as Iron or Calcium and this is what makes it particularly useful for clarifying product accumulation or dirt. It’s acidity also helps in eliminating dandruff, and if properly diluted it is also a good pH adjuster (will try to do a post on this later)
Lemon juice contains citric acid and is therefore also really good for cleansing the scalp and reducing dandruff. I use it for my henna treatments as it helps release the colour faster. It is also a lightening and bleaching agent (sometimes used on teeth, too) so you might want to look out for that if you don’t want lighter hair. Neno Natural has a lovely post on lemon on natural hair.
Oils are every natural’s best friend. They seal in the moisture in your hair and leave is magazine glossy. I’ve done a
post on castor oil and will be doing some more covering individual benefits of different oils.
How To do a Mayo Treatment.
The procedure for doing a mayo treatment is pretty much the same as for doing a deep condition.
-Apply warm water to your hair, make sure it’s damp, not dripping.
-Depending on the length of your hair scoop out enough mayo and apply it generously from root to tip, making sure every strand is covered.
-Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic bag for twenty minutes. For extra deep conditioning you may go under the drier as this helps open your hair pores to absorb product better.
-Wash the mayo out. Try to use a sulphate-free shampoo that won’t strip your hair of it’s moisture and oils leaving it dry. If you don’t have a sulphate-free shampoo at hand, dilute the one you have as much as possible.
-You may need to rinse severally to get all the product out.
You can repeat this monthly.
I have done a mayo treatment once and I liked the results. My hair was soft and shiny and stayed that way a while. Will definitely be doing it again (with pictures) and would recommend it.
Anyone else have experience with it? Do share. Hope this was helpful information.