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Natural Hair Co-Wash Recipe

If you asked me a few years ago what my favourite shampoo and conditioner was, chances are the main ingredient would not have been egg. Well fast forward three years into my natural hair journey, and I cannot imagine my hair without egg. Here is a fabulous recipe that I use (weekly) to optimise my curly afro. As with any recipe, you can make substitutions/additions as needed (i.e. substitute essential oils, carrier oils, additional eggs, etc.)

  • Used on Hair Type: 3c (back); 4a (sides); 4b (crown)
  • Used on Hair Strand Thickness: Fine

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole egg – medium/large (preferably Organic) – Great for: protein (strength), vitamins A, D, E (shine), fatty acids (moisture, shine)
  • 1 Tbsp Honey (Organic, preferably lightly coloured – i.e. clover) – Great for: moisture, pH balance, hair loss, cleansing
  • 2-3 drops of Peppermint Oil (or other essential oil of choice) – Great for: blood circulation, hair loss, shine, pH balance
  • 1/8 lemon (1 slither) – Great for: cleansing, pH balance, vitamin C (neutralises harsh build-up, shine and softness)
  • 2 Tbsp Aloe Vera Juice (Organic) – Great for: pH balance, moisture

Directions:

  1. Mix egg (removing cord) in a bowl.
  2. Add the essential oil and lemon; mix evenly (making sure egg smell is removed)
  3. Add honey and aloe vera juice; mix until even distribution.
  4. Apply egg mixture evenly to hair, making sure to gently massage the scalp.
  5. Place a plastic cap over the head, and let sit for 15-30 minutes (Note: You may wish to cut holes on top of cap, to avoid the overheating of mixture)
  6. After 15-30 minutes, rinse with look-warm/cool water (preferably distilled). Again, it is important that the water is not hot. If the water is hot, the egg will cook on your head – literally!
  7. Continue to style with leave-in conditioner/moisturiser and/or gel.

Note when adding egg to hair:

  • Make sure hair is not overly damaged with chemicals (i.e. chlorine, as in the case of swimmers). Chemicals, for example chorine, can easily react with protein, making the hair extremely hard and brittle (remember hair is protein; so is egg!). In severe build-up, add vitamin C tablets to glass of water (preferably distilled/filtered) and rinse hair. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant thus neutralising harmful chemicals on the hair (i.e. chlorine, other drying elements).  With the use of antioxidants, the hair is prepped for protein, which in turn, ultimately  helps to strengthen and soften the hair.

 

Share your favourite natural co-wash for your hair – homemade or store bought – that you cannot live without.

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