Friday, May 23, 2014
Moisturizing Protein Hair Mask for Naturally Curly Hair
As far back as I can remember, I've appreciated the fact that I have naturally curly hair, but I never could show anybody why. The bun was my signature style because wearing it down made me look like I was trying to hide under a teepee. Frizz was the dominant feature, but I never stopped liking it, despite all that.
I didn't really see how curly my hair actually was until last year when I discovered Curly Girl and learned that curly hair shouldn't be shampooed. Really! Before you dismiss this because you'd never want greasy hair, hear me out. Rather than drying and stripping your hair with shampoo, you use products that can be washed out with water (so no sulfates or silicones), and focus on moisture, moisture, and more moisture.
You still give yourself a nice scalp massage with a small amount of conditioner (or sulfate-free shampoo), which helps remove any build up and rinse out like shampoo before conditioning.
Aside from using my silicone-free conditioner, I do some sort of moisturizing or protein treatment once a week. When I don't want to start completely from scratch, I doctor up something store bought. This is my most recent concoction!
Moisturizing Protein Hair Mask
Yield: 1 mask
Shea Moisture Masque
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon honey
In a small bowl, add at least 1 tablespoon of Shea Moisture Masque (more for thick or long hair) together with the yolk and honey. Combine well with a small spoon until smooth.
Apply evenly to clean wet hair and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse out thoroughly and apply additional conditioner if necessary.
I usually follow with conditioner, but only need half the usual amount and a healthy blob of gel.
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