Wash Day: with Homemade Protein and Moisture Treatments

14:34 Naija girl next door 21 Comments

Hey people!
How's it going?
  My last wash day was on sunday. Since my big chop, my wash days had been very minimalistic: quick wash, leave-in, seal. It's very convenient but I knew I would soon need an all-out wash day. Time just wasn't working out as planned. By all-out I mean prepoo, shampoo, deep condition, moisturise and seal, the works.
  By last weekend my hair was feeling dry so I definitely needed moisture; but it was also having a difficult time taking a curl. Protein helped my hair curl properly when it was relaxed. I'm more wary of protein on my natural hair now, but I hadn't put in any in almost 2 months so why not.

My friend described this puff as "glorious". It was also gloriously dry.

Protein Treatment: I use egg. Always have. I keep reading that the molecules are too big to be absorbed by hair but I can't argue with the results I get consistently. Ok? Ok. (read about my egg treatment on my long relaxed hair)
    So, I first finger detangled with coconut oil and put my hair in twisted sections as I went along. I ended up with 10 sections.
Egg masque- 1 egg + coconut oil+ palm kernel oil+ honey. I'll use 2 eggs next time. This was barely enough.
Rinsed out after 30 minutes
Shampooed with Africa Naturalistas shampoo in sections.
Deep condition: Remember my first time using bananas in my hair? I did it again, incorporating what I learned the last time.

  • 3 just-ripened bananas, blended and seived 
  • coconut oil- 2 tbspoons
  • Honey- 1 tbspoon
  • Melted shea butter (over a bowl of hot water)- 1 and half tbspoon
The bananas were truly easier to seive this time as I blended the bananas only and added the other ingredients after seiving.

It took on a greyish tinge before I remembered KLP' s tip to cook them briefly before blending. Didn't affect its efficacy though.
      It was really late when I applied this and covered with a plastic cap and then a towel. I intended to rinse out after an hour but I found myself waking up 3 hours later, in the wee hours (hehehe, wee).
     My hair was so soooft and lush! I'd forgotten it could get that soft. I wrapped a towel around it briefly to drain the excess water and put in 5 braids quickly to stretch my hair, then back to bed I went.
   By morning the sections were still sort of damp so I did something I hadn't done in years. I used a blow dryer! 
It's my sister's and it's new; it doesn't have a cold shot button but I used the lowest setting and it wasn't very hot I promise. I held each section taut and gave 10-15 seconds blow-dry time.

Style: quick up-do. I was in a hurry so I took pictures of my hair when I got home and had taken out the bobby pins. My hair was stretched, soft, shiny.

Shine bright like a diamond
   Meanwhile, my hair seems to be growing right before my eyes.

It's exciting but I thought I would have more time to rock short protective styles. It's already too long for the short kinky twists I made less than two months ago.

    Aaanyway, I couldn't have asked for a better wash day.
How was yours? Read others and share your #Washdayexperience here.



  1. Beautiful! Every time I stretch out a curly piece of hair I feel the same way- when did it grow out this long?! It's pretty sweet. You may not be able to do short protective braiding styles, but soon you can do cute protective twists with only your hair!

    1. Our hair is really something. Those tight curls just be growing on the low low. Lol
      You're right, I want to be able to do two strand twists with just my hair and be comfortable with the length

  2. Beautiful. Your hair looks so shiny and fluffy. :-)

  3. The puff is glorious indeed and the make up looked great even at the end of day.

  4. Hello Sandra,

    You handled your transition so impressively, you hair is giving me 'fro fever.

    I really like how your posts are so well-detailed, you really engage your readers and explain your process very eloquently.

    Well done!

    1. Awww Nedoux, thank you. I really appreciate the feedback. Means a lot coming from someone who writes so well.

  5. Your hair, your progress --- impressive for sure.

  6. Omgosh...your hair looks soooooooooooo SOFT and fluffy! I'm so jealous! I think that I'm going for a protein treatment and clay mask next wash day

    Thanks for sharing your #washdayexperience chica!

    KLP @ www.savingourstrands.com

    1. Ooo I can't wait to see that, I haven't done a clay wash since the chop.

  7. Your hair is really growing fast! It looks so soft too, I keep saying I'll do an egg protein treatment but coconut milk has stolen my heart. For now.


    1. Because of you I've been eyeing the coconut milk can in the supermarket. Lol.

  8. Loving your hair!! Well done!!

  9. I love your hair dear. I think I'll try this homemade protein treatment during my next wash day if possible.

  10. Sandraaaaaaaaaaaaa! Chei! Now you make my hair feel like It hasn't even started growing. I LOVE UR HAIR! I just introduced my colleague to your blog.

  11. Your hair is beautiful girl.. Just found your blog and I'm taking a seat to go through all your posts. Lol