What better way to kick the week off, than to drop a protein conditioning treatment recipe!
Protein strengthens the hair, can temporarily stop breakage, and if you color, manipulate, or flat iron your hair regularly, protein can really make a difference in the health and well being of your natural hair. Aim for a good balance of moisture and protein. I do this by alternating between a protein and moisture conditioner on wash day. I usually use Aubrey Organics Protein Conditioner and deep condition using rhassoul clay, altering between the two to maintain the balance. Because I like to use ingredients found in my kitchen, I decided to try swapping the Aubrey Organics protein conditioner for a natural alternative; yogurt! Previously, I’d used yogurt alone as a protein conditioner and was satisfied with the results, but still needed to DC my hair after the treatment. I found that with this recipe, no deep conditioning was necessary.
Let’s Get Started!
I started out by making my herbal flora tea, which has many uses, but in this recipe it’s serves as the liquid ingredient. You may use plain water, floral water, or aloe vera juice. Check out my write up on Tea Rinses for more information on how to create your own.
If you want to be earth friendly, as opposed to tossing the used herbs, compost them!
While your tea is infusing, assemble your ingredients for your clay mixture and set aside. Once your floral brew is ready, reserve 1/2 cup for your clay mixture. Mix the clay in a plastic bowl, using a plastic spoon! Finally, add 1-2 spoonfuls of yogurt; I use an organic greek yogurt. For those who are sensitive to protein, use one spoonful (or less).
Mix well for a mouse-like consistency.
- 1/2 c Rhassoul Clay: Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, this may vary. Alter the recipe to fit your needs
- 1/2 c Liquid: You may use plain water, floral water, or aloe vera juice
- 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
- 2 tbsp olive oil: Or your favorite oil
- 2 spoonfuls Organic, full fat Greek Yogurt: Alter the amount if you are protein sensitive
Application: Though unnecessary, you can use gloves, though the clay should not irritate most skin types. I like to apply with the hair divided into 4 sections. I lightly spray with water and apply the mix to each section, cover with a cap, and allow the mixture to sit for 30 – 45 minutes. The mix easily rinses out.
Though I love Aubrey Organics protein conditioner, I think I’ve found a worthy replacement!