Vegan Hair Masks: Protein and Deep Conditioning Treatments

Vegan Hair Masks: Protein and Deep Conditioning Treatments


Vegan Hair Masks

Nothing is more essential to the upkeep and maintenance of a woman of color’s natural hair than a good protein treatment. Our hair is made from protein and in order to keep them healthy and lively, we must repair and replenish that protein as much as necessary. Before I went vegan, I used to protein treat cheaply with eggs or use premade protein conditioners that contained animals products. After I did some adjusting to my moral compass and went vegan, I had to find an effective and cruelty free alternative. In this post I will outline some of the ways I have found to protein treat as well as condition my natural hair.

 

Coconut Milk Protein Treatment

Vegan Hair Masks

This coconut protein treatment is the bomb dot com. I will never again buy anymore of those over priced vegan hair treatments again. Go ahead and hook your hair up with a 2 dollar can of coconut milk and be on your way to flawless natural curls.

For this simple vegan hair mask you will the following ingredients:

1/2 cup of full fat coconut oil

1/4 cup of your favorite carrier oil (jojoba, shea butter,coconut oil, olive oil etc)

1/8th cup of your favorite vegan conditioner

Directions:

Pour all of the ingredients into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the ingredients, taking the bowl out every 20-30 seconds to stir and ensure the contents are not over heating. Once all the ingredients have thoroughly combined you can cease your microwaving. It usually takes about 2 minutes in my microwave.

Apply the contents liberally onto your hair and then put on a plastic cap. Keep the mixture on for at least an hour. The longer the better as is with most conditioning masks.

Rinse and style as you would with any other protein treatment. Enjoy your coils!

 

Henna

Vegan Hair Mask

 

Henna is one of my favorite ways to strengthen my natural hair. Although it is “technically” not a protein treatment it pretty much does the same thing a protein treatment would do for your hair, only better. Think about it this way, over time your hair shaft naturally takes some damage from everyday life. This damage leads to crooks, inconsistencies, and weak points in the hair shaft. A protein treatment coats the entire shaft and covers up those weak areas. Henna goes one step further by not only coating those areas but also filling them in. Henna also works as a natural red hair dye. You won’t go full blown carrot top. However, you will be able to see some pronounced red undertones underneath bright lights.

For my henna treatment I use a very simple recipe. You can feel free to change it up:

About a half a cup of pure henna powder. Either go to an Indian store and buy some or get it off of amazon.com. Do not waste your time and money by buying it from lush. You are literally paying 10 times more than what the product is worth just for them to mix it for you.

1 tsp of pure indigo powder (if you want to go full blown red, skip this ingredient)

1 tsp of lemon juice.

Half cup of water.

 

Directions:

  1. Mix the ingredients in a bowl. The consistency should be that of a thick split pea soup. You don’t want it to be so thick that you can’t spread it on your hair, but you also don’t want it to be so thin that it leaks all over your face.  Let the bowl sit out in the sun for an hour or two to release the dyes. If you don’t care about the coloring aspect of henna, you can skip to the next step right away.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair (wet or dry hair is fine). Henna will stain pretty much anything or anyone it touches, so make sure you’re wearing clothes you don’t care about and gloves. Or you could be a savage like myself and go gloveless.
  3. Cover your hair in a plastic cap and allow the mask to sit for at least 3 hours. I prefer to do this treatment on weekends when I’m only doing errands, cleaning, and lesson planning.
  4. Rinse thoroughly in using a vegan friendly conditioner. For my first three or so rinses, I prefer to use conditioner. I use conditioner until the water rinses clear or pretty close to it. Then I do my final rinse using some variety of vegan shampoo. The color will continue to rinse out over the course of a week, so don’t be alarmed if you see a little brownish tinge during your shower.
  5. Apply a super hydrating conditioner to your hair and allow it to sit for an hour or overnight. While this step is optional, if you are finding that your hair tends to be a little dry and brittle after a henna treatment I highly recommend following up with  this step. Rinse and style your hair as usual.

 

 

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