Category: Hair

Black Hair Care: Natural Deep-Conditioner Treatment Recipe


EVOO and eggsSince I made the decision to go natural over a decade ago, I’ve been trying to find the perfect products that would work best on my hair to keep it soft, strong, manageable and growing.

I usually have a rotational period of styles I typically go with: Jeri curl weave, two-strand twists with extensions, rock the head wrap when I’m too lazy to style, or chiney bumps/bantu knots, an afro, or I add some Kinky Curly in when my hair is completely natural.

I’m lucky that I’ve got a talented sister who is able to style my hair (and for free… thanks sis!), so I can’t really complain too much when I have to waste an entire weekend when I have to remove styles like my usual two-strand twist. It literally took me 6 hours to untwist all the extensions and then another 2 to untangle my natural tresses, because I didn’t want to make the mistake of having a deep shampoo without detangling first (I’ve heard horror stories).

After getting a few tips from another natural colleague, I decided to try a homemade deep-conditioning recipe to add some strength and manageability to my hair, since it was in the twists for about two months.

I took a look in my kitchen pantry and concocted a recipe that worked wonders on my hair.

EVOO (Extra-Virgin Olive Oil) and Egg Yolk Deep-Conditioning Treatment

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp honey
2 egg yolks
1 tbsp of pure shea butter (available at natural food stores like The Big Carrot or hair supply stores like Honey Fig in Toronto)
6 drops of lavender oil


  1. Pour the olive oil into a bowl. Whisk in the two egg yolks and honey.
  2. Melt the solid-state shea butter in the microwave on 60% power for about 1 minute (or until it turns into a liquid state, should not be too hot).
  3. Gradually pour the shea butter into the olive oil mixture and stir until combined. Add in the drops of lavender oil.
  4. After your hair is shampooed and towel dried (blot, don’t rub), part your hair into sections and apply your deep conditioner treatment generously, combing through from root to tip (twist completed sections if desired).
  5. Cover your hair with a plastic cap (in order to retain heat and moisture as your hair folicles work with the conditioner) and leave on for about 30 minutes to an hour. If you don’t have a plastic shower cap, you can do like I did and use one of those plastic bags you find in the produce section of the grocery store.
  6. Remove plastic cap and rinse your hair in luke-warm water (not too hot, unless you want scrambled eggs in your hair) for about 5 minutes, or until the conditioner is properly rinsed out.
  7. Comb and style as usual.

After using this homemade conditioner on my hair, I noticed it felt a lot softer and looked a bit shinier than usual. The best part was that the comb went through it so effortlessly! I usually run into knots when I’m detangling (even after I try to comb through my hair during shampooing), but the conditioner made my hair so manageable.

Bantu Knots aka Chiney Bumps

After I rinsed out the conditioner, I towel-dried my hair and twisted it into my ‘trademark’ chiney bumps/bantu knots. This style should last me a couple of days, then I can untwist and pull off another style with a curly, twist-out.

Reasons why you should try a homemade hair deep-conditioner treatment:

  1. It will help you take better care of the health hair
  2. It’s cost-effective
  3. You know what ingredients are going into the product:
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil: Great on split ends, adds moisture to dry scalps, adds shine, softness and manageability.
  • Honey: As a natural humectant it holds on to water molecules, which is what you want if you have dry or damaged hair.
  • Eggs: As a natural emulsifier, it helps bind all your homemade conditioner ingredients together. Egg yolks have protein and that add strength to your hair.
  • Shea Butter: This fat is extracted from the nut of the African shea tree. It’s rich is fatty acids and vitamins (A, F and E) which help condition the hair and reduce breakage.
  • Lavender Oil: This regenerative essential oil has a sweet, soft scent and aids in hair growth.

I strongly encourage anyone wearing their hair natural and if you want to help promote growth, to try a do-it-yourself conditioning treatment. Your hair will love you for it.

My Hair (and my nose) Loves Herbal Essences Hydralicious


Herbal Essences Hydrolicious SetI got a pleasant surprise in the mail last week (just one day before my birthday). It turns out that I was one of 200 women in Canada who had been selected to receive an exclusive Herbal Essences Hyralicious Kit, courtesy of Matchstick Inc.! Okay it wasn’t that much of a surprise, since I remember signing up a while ago to participate in the research/marketing survey, but I was glad I was chosen to get the full pack. :)

What did I get? One full size (300ml) bottle each of Hydralicious Featherweight, Reconditioning and Self-Targeting shampoo and conditioner. That’s 6 bottles (looks like I don’t have to go out and buy shampoo anytime soon)! But wait… there’s more! Matchstick also supplied me with 20 full value coupons for Herbal Essences Hydralicious shampoo or conditioner for me to share with family and friends (and even faithful blog readers like yourself).

So onto my experience with the shampoo. I didn’t get a chance to wash my giant head of hair since I received the package until last night, because I didn’t take out my weave until then (boy, did my hair ever grow). Now we all should know that different types and styles of hair require different hair care techniques–Black hair in particular. Because Black “African American” hair tends to be very dry (because of it’s thickness and the inability of sebum to get to the entire surface at the end of the hair), it’s important not to shampoo too often otherwise it will dry out and break off. And keep in mind that not all Black hair is the same… it’s important to find what works best for you and your hair. A shampoo once a week seems to work best for Black hair, as well as maybe rinsing with plain water on a daily basis (check out the informative Treasured Locks website for more Black hair care tips).

So taking in these Black hair care tips, I decided to go with Herbal Essences Reconditioning shampoo and conditioner, since it’s formulated for dry/damaged hair (it’s the one in the pretty purple bottle). Let me tell you, that if I didn’t just eat dinner I probably would’ve tasted that concoction: these shampoos and conditioners smell great! The Reconditioning pair smells so fruity, and is “fused with extracts of shea, moisturizers & Hawaiian sea silk”.

Pouring the shampoo out of the bottle I noticed the pretty swirls of the mixture itself (it wasn’t just on the outside design of the bottle)! Turns out that I didn’t need to squeeze so much shampoo into my hand to lather up my hair: When I shampooed my hair a second time after rinsing completely, I noticed that all I needed was a quarter-sized dab of shampoo and it lathered up my entire head (and I have a lot of hair). So after washing twice, I used the conditioner . It felt so smooth on my hair. Usually I have to put a lot of conditioner in, but with Hydralicious I actually noticed that it covered my strands. I left it in for a couple minutes rinsed and towel-blotted my hair to dry. I didn’t experience any burning-eye or funny-taste-in-mouth sensations with either the shampoo or conditioner which is always a plus.

Now it’s hard for me to remember the difference in my hair texture after each and every shampoo since I usually have extensions/weaves/braids in so often, but my super curly (and happily nappy) hair did feel quite soft and was easy to manage when my sister went to cornrow it minutes later (it didn’t feel like steel wool at all :P). Of course I did also add a bit of Shea “All Naturals” Shea Butter Super Grown Herbal Formula to the roots.

So what did I think of the new Herbal Essences Hydralicious? If my review wasn’t clear enough I really liked it and think the Reconditioning set worked well with my hair. I’ll most likely try the Self-Targeting shampoo & conditioner set in the near future, and maybe even the Featherweight set (for hair that needs body… even though my afro probably doesn’t).

Aside from the actual product itself, I thought the curvy design of the bottles fit well in your hand while your in the shower. The little “trivia” questions that are at the back of each shampoo/conditioner duo. On the Reconditioning shampoo for example, the “?” is: What is the average number of bridesmaids at a wedding? In order to find out the answer you have to take a look at the back of the conditioner bottle (4 is the answer by the way), and vise-a-versa. A nice little way to pass the time while you’re waiting for your conditioner to penetrate your tresses. I’m in love with the swirls that are visible in each of the shampoos, as well as their vibrant colours. The latch system is well designed and makes the bottles easy to open (I remember scraping my thumb a few times on other shampoo/conditioner bottles in the past because the cap needed so much effort). And of course the smells are intoxicating! The Self-Targeting shampoo takes the cake in that department, boasting “extracts of red vanilla & whipped aloe”. The Featherweight shampoo has “extracts of water lily nectar and passion fruit”. Yummy!

So I have a stack full of free Herbal Essences Hydralicious coupons to give away. Stay tuned to my blog for details on how you can win yourself a pair, so that you can try out this licious shampoo and conditioner yourself!

I Feel Like A Different Person


Remember that straight hair weave I bought a couple of months back, when I was struggling to decide whether or not to put it in or go with my usual curly style? Well I’ve gone ahead and done it. It feels so weird having super-straight hair. I haven’t permed my hair since high school, so I’m not used to the straightness of it.

When I looked in the mirror for the first time after my sister (the hairdresser) sewed the tracks into my cornrowed hair, I didn’t like it. It just didn’t seem to fit my face. But I felt bad since she just spend the last 2 hours putting it in. This morning I tried wearing it a couple of different ways (with a preference for the updo) and I think I’ll get used to it… at least for the next 3 or 4 weeks until I make my next hair change. :) I’d post a photo, but I’m too lazy to erase my full memory card, pose, and upload. :D

The ‘Fro Is Back!


My AfroOh, how I missed it so! After months of weaves, my hair is now in it’s 100% natural state. Okay, so I had to run the pressing iron through it a bit to take out the kinks a little, but that’s the only way I can get my Brillo-pad hair to be easily manageable. Note to my naturally-kinky sistas: The wide-tooth comb and a spray water-bottle are your friends!

I’ve done the hair weave thing since the beginning of the year. It’s something that I swore I’d never do again, (esp. full head weaver) but gotten hooked on it b/c my little sis has become rather good at sewing it in to the cornrowed tracks, and so has my other friend… but she poked my scalp with the needle once, so now I’m not too sure…

I thought about going back to my usual style, two-strand twist extensions, butOutre Batik Hair Weaves when I was at the hair store I noticed that the Batik hair weave was on sale for 25% off so I scooped up a couple packs. I got both kinky and straight because I couldn’t decide… :D Once I do, I’ll put it in sometime this week, after the fro’s gotten a good run and I’ve gotten a bunch of “how do you get your hair like that?” questions from people unfamiliar with the style.

That’s one of the things I love about natural, Black hair: There’s so much room for style! I doubt I’d ever go back to relaxing my hair, though… all those chemicals just made my thick hair fall out when I was younger (“Just For Me” was a load of bull!). Sure relaxing Black hair makes it more manageable, but it can also be manageable in it’s natural state with proper care.

Just to clarify, even though they’re sometimes referred to as the same thing in the Black community, there’s a major difference: Relaxers are used to permanently straighten hair that is tightly coiled or very curly. Perms are used to chemically add curl to hair that’s naturally straight. The process needs to be repeated approximately every 6-8 weeks, applied to the new growth.

Because chemical hair relaxers use such potent ingredients to change the physical structure of the hair, it can cause the hair to become easily susceptible to breakage in it’s weakened state, if it’s not cared for properly. That fact, along with the notion of me not being able to wear natural styles led me to becoming happily nappy and chemical free! ;) is a very informative site if you’d like to learn more about caring for Black hair.

Now I just need to invest in a small taser to hide in my afro when random people who are struck with awe want to touch it.