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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Week 31: A new use for mayonnaise

For years I've wanted to try my hand at making my own natural skin and hair care products. Well, this has been one hell of a hot summer and my poor hair has taken a beating with all of this extreme heat and humidity. Not to mention the fact that the texture of my hair has really changed with all the gray in it. I've not met too many people who have been cursed with naturally curly hair like mine but I can tell you that there are some days, especially in the summer, that I just want to shave it off. But before I go and shave it all off, I decided to make my own deep conditioner to see if it would help at all. I decided to try an avocado-mayonnaise conditioner.

First I mashed one avocado and a half cup of mayonnaise in a bowl, mixed it until it was smooth and applied it to my damp hair. It was a bit messy so if you try this at home, make sure to put a towel on the floor.

After rubbing it through my hair from top to bottom, I wrapped my head in Saran Wrap and then covered it with a towel. I let it penetrate my hair for 25 minutes.

After 25 minutes, I got in the shower and combed the mixture through my hair. I washed my hair with a mild shampoo and let it dry as usual.

I was on the fence as to whether or not this worked but I think the real proof came this weekend while we were away at a resort in Maryland. We went swimming in a heavily chlorinated pool and I was able to comb through my hair so easily. This is usually not the case. I would definitely recommend this treatment for dry/damaged hair. In fact, I want to try it once a week for a month or two to see if it makes even more of a difference.

What did you do this week?


  1. Your conditioner sounds like it would be good both for my frizz (a big problem, since I'd be mostly gray if not for the dye) and for the chips I have left over from our recent party. Sounds yummy. Do let me know if you keep up the treatments and what effect they have.

  2. Sounds good! To find anything natural is always my goal and you can't beat this one. You didn't condition again after washing??

  3. I have realy big admiration for all natural things:-)*
    You hair looks amazing!!!
    And I know it for sure,that it's almost always the best for you skin or for you hair:-)))*


  4. ~hey you know what i did for my 52 projects...i made homemade mayo!! so maybe i shall combine the two and treat myself to this rich formula!! your hair is shiny and so healthy looking!! great project and way to pamper yourself...warm wishes and brightest blessings~