The biggest problem I faced with my natural hair transition was breakage.
It’s a normal part of the process because you are creating a demarcation line where your natural and relaxed hair meet.
This point of the hair is naturally brittle (and the kinkier the hair the more delicate), so don’t stress out too much.
One way to minimize the breakage is by nourishing your hair with a protein treatment every 6-8 weeks.
Warning! You don’t want to use too much protein because it’s not good for your hair in large amounts. It’s very important that you keep at least 6 weeks between treatments.
Here’s The Protein Treatment Recipe
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2-3 tbsp of whole mayo (not light or miracle whip)
- 2 tsp honey (leave this out if you have high porosity hair)
- 1 tsp olive oil (or oil of choice)
- Section your hair into at least 4 sections
- Apply the mixture evenly, making sure the product coats from root to end
- Let the product sit under a plastic cap for a few hours (if you can’t do it for that long, 1 hour is still good)
- Rinse and shampoo like normal
As you shampoo and detangle your hair, you will instantly notice how stronger it is.
Improve the feeling and health of your hair even more by following up with a deep conditioner. Need product recommendations? Go here.
I’m telling you, this protein treatment is the truth! I love it because it’s natural and you probably already have the ingredients around the house.
Harold Kyle says
Thanks for sharing the protein treatment of natural transitioning. My head is so dry & I am facing a low porosity hair guide. I think i need moisturizing. I hope your tips will solve my problem. Thanks, Keep writing the article.
Did you put the whole egg into the mixture or just the white part??
Hello, I have lo po hair and just to make sure I read your directions correctly. Too much protein is not good for lo po so you recommend doing this treatment every month and a half?
Also have you noticed if this treatment changes the prosperity in your hair strands?
Trying this tomorrow morning! Thanks for the suggestions
I could literally say I’m new to almost everything in life so please don’t mind my question. Is mayo mayonnaise or what?
There’s mayonnaise with lots of additives, sugars, etc. and there’s real mayo with no additives. That’s what you want. I buy the one from Kraft. Here’s the link… https://www.walmart.com/ip/Kraft-Mayo-Real-Mayonnaise-30-fl-oz-Jar/14651650?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=0&wl13=1188&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=42423897272&wl4=pla-51320962143&wl5=9022822&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=8175035&wl11=local&wl12=14651650&wl13=1188&veh=sem
I just started my transition journey in July.Can I mix a normal conditioner with egg and oil to apply as protein deep conditioner?
Sure! You might want to add some mayo just to add some moisture. But make sure it’s plain mayo without all the added preservatives.
Do you apply this to wet or dry hair?
You can do either but I typically do it on dry hair prior to shampooing.
The other thought is you can do it after shampooing on clean hair for better penetration. I never considered this until someone else brought this up.
I see you’re getting compliments on the protein conditioner. What would you recommend for hair that is thin/fine?
What type of treatment do you recommend for thin / fine hair?
Is the treatment also recommended for dread locs hair styles?
Kaylena Barnett says
I have a lot of chemical damage on the ends of my hair from perming my heat and putting heat on it. And I was curious to how long it takes from that hair to be restored or whats the best way I should go about trying to revive that.
Im in the process of transitioning and this question has been on my mind for awhile.
When doing a protein treatment do you shampoo the hair before or after the treatment or both?
I always do it before but some people do it after so their hair is clean and the protein can penetrate better.
My cousin and I are both mixed got we got the super tight curly, dry, brittle hair but with the softness that most naturally straight hair gets. I want to do this on our hair but I’m not sure if we really need all that protein. Do you know if it’ll leave more build-up on softer hair? Also, should we use heat with this or will the heat produced under the cap from our scalps be enough?
Do you know if you have high or low porosity hair? Low porosity hair people need to be careful with protein because it does leave build up. You can do the test here https://napturallycurly.com/hair-porosity-test-for-natural-hair/
We both have lo-po hair. I wound up doing this one my cousin’s hair this weekend and it came out with a shin to it and the hair was more springy (normally her hair breaks when it’s pulled out and put under pressure). We didn’t heat it at all and it didn’t feel like a film was left behind.
Great!! I should apologize because sometimes I read the comments directly from my admin area without checking the post the comment came from and I didn’t realize you were asking about my homemade treatment. I read your comment too fast. My bad. Yes I have lo po hair too and never have build up either. Glad it worked!!
Well I already cut all of my hair off of my hair very short i need to know what oils I can use to back a shine to my hair and for it not to feel so brittle and to help make it grow
Keep in mind, natural hair doesn’t always shine, it may only have a sheen. It doesn’t reflect light like straight hair. But you should try a Bentonite Clay mask. It is wonderful for dry natural hair and it will help bring out your curl pattern. You can buy it on Amazon and mix it with water or aloe vera juice. It’s a wonderful treatment for your natural hair.
This was a God sent miracle rescue. I’ve been natural for 11 years and loving it. The last 2-3 years I’ve developed a host of health issues and the medications have taken a toll on my hair. I truly forgot about protein treatments and the homemade one is what my Grammy used on me when I was little, years before I began killing my hair with chemicals. Thanks for the recipe!