One of my go-to deep conditioning recipes is the mayo-honey-egg mixture. In 2014 and 2015, I didn’t deep condition as often or as well as I had in previous years. Well in 2016, it’s time to bring out the big guns and return to my newly natural regimen. As a newly natural, I leaned heavily on the mayo-honey-egg deep conditioner to strengthen my strands, detangle and reinvigorate tired curls.
Deep conditioning is a critical part of a good hair care regimen. It helps to strengthen the your ends and prevent breakage, which ultimately leads to length retention. Also, with the right ingredients, deep conditioning can seal in the moisture from your wash to continue to condition for up to a week afterward.
Quick Note: If you have the time to do this routine every 2 weeks, I’d highly recommend it. To promote growth when my hair was shorter I had the time to knock this out every 2 weeks and my strands thanked me. Now that my hair is much longer, this takes a bit more time since you’ve got to apply and sit for at least 45 mins and then rinse more thoroughly to make sure the mayo has departed. But, I still try to do this once a month/every 6 weeks.
1 Cup of Mayo (or a little less depending on your length)
1 Raw Egg
1 TBSP Honey
1 TSP Castor Oil (optional)
1TSP Sweet Almond Oil (optional)
- Whisk egg in a glass or ceramic bowl
- Stir in mayonnaise and optional oils if you have and set aside
- Finger detangle hair using a light oil (e.g. coconut, jojoba, etc.) and loosely twist in at least 4 sections
- Apply mayo-honey-egg conditioner from ends to root (concentrating mostly on your ends), twist, and cover with a plastic cap (or two)
- If you like, cover your head with a towel or an old t-shirt to escalate the conditioning process and sit for 45 mins.
Warning: This conditioner has a tendency to drip, and because mayo is oil based, it will stain your clothing or towels. Be sure to use towels and clothing you aren’t too attached to when conditioning.
- When in the shower or kitchen sink, carefully rinse as much of the conditioner out
- Use a cheap conditioner, I use Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle or Nourish Spa, after your first rinse to help coax the mayonnaise from your scalp and rinse that out
- Follow up with a ACV rinse (1 part apple cider vinegar, and 2 parts water) and let that sit for a few mins before rinsing
- Quickly apply more cheap conditioner to your hair, just to counter the ACV smell
- Apply leave-in conditioner and style as usual
- Try not to fall out over how springy, shiny and moist your curls are!