My natural protein treatment

by kcurly on September 17, 2008

in "Hair raising" Experiements and Recipes,Tutorials

My hair loves protein. I know a lot of people are sensitive to protein, but I’ve never had trouble with it. I’ve tried the aphogee treatment and it works well, but this recipe works just as well for me, without all of the ingredients I’d rather not deal with. I do this about every five to six weeks.

Here’s my recipe:

  • 2 cups of full fat, plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup regular mayonnaise
  • 1 egg,  beaten
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

I mix them all together, and apply to my hair in small sections. I then put on a plastic cap and leave it on for about 20-30 minutes. I follow this up with a good moisturizing DC.



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  • Selly

    What kind of DC do you follow up with? Moisturizing?

  • kcurly

    Yes, moisturizing. I’ll leave it like I always do when I do a DC: a few hours or overnight.

  • Peajai

    Cool! I’ve done egg and olive oil before. I will try this one too.

  • Robin

    Dumb question, but should this be used on clean hair to get the best benefit of the treatment?

  • kcurly

    Robin, yes, I always do it on clean hair.

  • Maria

    Thank you for the recipe! I just did this and added coconut oil and Neem powder just for kicks.

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  • Konstantly_V

    I tried this protein treatment today and like how my hair turned out. Is it supposed to be so thin and runny? I made a mess getting it in my hair and then I spent the majority of the time with it on wiping the stuff running down my neck. I made one substituition which was one thing of fat free plain yogurt instead of two of the full fat since I only had one of each in the fridge.

  • kcurly

    You can try to add cornstarch to thicken it
    Up some. Hope that helps!

  • Mani

    hey um do you have a natural moisturizing treatment?

  • Orla

    Natural Moisturising Treatments generally involve using honey and oil.

    My favourite for moisture is a honey, almond oil , mashed avacado and EVOO mix overnight, rinsed out with a COLD Amla + Green Tea brew.

    I put the HEATED evoo in first and leave that for about 20 mins and then add the rest after.

  • Miamays

    this really looks like wonderful protein treatment. i’ve been searching for all sorts of protein treatments for my hair, but they all contained pretty harmful chemicals. and then I came across yours. i’m definitely going to try this out. this will be a great way for me to save money instead of buying an expensive protein treatment. and btw ur hair looks just wonderful. cant wait for mine to get to that length :)

  • Miamays

    also, how often do you treat your hair to this protein treatment? weekly? monthly?

  • kcurly

    Miamays, I use it about every 6 weeks…that’s just what my hair seems to need, some people may need more or less. Hope that helps.

  • Moni

    I just used this for my protein treatment, && my hair looks amazing(: . I like this recipe a lot (although I used 12 oz of yogurt), thanks for posting it!

  • nichole


    Have you ever heard of a protein treatment called Affluence? My hairdresser chose to use that in my hair yesterday instead of my usual aphrogee treatment. She said it was better but did not answer me when I asked, “what makes it better?” I am very confused about the needs of my hair. Can you tell me what determines if my lifelong battle with thinning, slight balding, and breakage is a need for more moisture or more protein and how can I tell? Thank you in advance and I will try your treatment at home in a few weeks instead of going to the salon and being overcharged for minimal knowledge!! smh

  • Hunnybee

    Has anybody ever heard of or tried the Aphogee protein treatment or the brazillian keratin treatment. I am trying to figure out exactly how they work and why everybody is raving about them. The Dominican lady that recently trimmed my hair said I should get a BKT or Aphogee since I’m currently transitioning to natural hair and still have some relaxed ends. However, I’m scared of putting chemicals in my hair especially because I heard the directions must be followed stringently or else. It sounds like a lot of work and I am just tryng to figure out if it is worth it. Definitely don’t want relazer chemicals in my hair but I wouldn’t mind making it healthier and stronger. What do you natural ladies think? Is it worth it or don’t bother.

  • kcurly

    Hunnybee, the Aphogee protein treatment is fine. Its just a really heavy protein treatment. I’ve used it before. It does not have natural ingredients, however, if you’re looking for that.

    The BKT, however, is a bit more controversial. I will do a post on it with more info, but it’s supposed to temporarily straighten or loosen the hair. Large amounts of heat are applied during the process as well. It also has some very toxic fumes, so much so that some people have to wear a mask when undergoing the treatment. I personally would never have it done.

  • Newbie

    Hello! I just read you post about the protein mix and I’m dying to try it! I just completed my transition from relaxed to natural hair. I had 4 inches cut off about a month ago and it’s the best thing I ever did to my hair. I always mixed egg in my olive oil and mayonnaise conditioner and leave in for 45 minutes. Then follow with a deep conditioner which stays in for 1 hour. Once I blow-dry may hair, it seem shinier and smoother! I also give myself hot oil treatments but one thing I’m missing is a good moisturizer. Anyone have suggestions?

  • Kalee

    Hi I just tried this protein treatment and I love how my hair came out! I just want to know if I could refrigerate the leftover treatment for six weeks. I have a lot left over and would hate to see it all go to waste. Thanks!

  • kcurly

    Hmm Kalee, I don’t know about that…I suppose you could try, but I wouldn’t imagine that would keep very well :(

  • Kalee

    Thanks. I did throw it out. Next time I will cut the recipe in half. :-)

  • http://Newlynatural Helen Lawson

    I am African American female. I can’t seem to find anything that will soften my hair up. Not sure if I need protein or not How do you know? Been natural for 8 months did the BC chop last month, December. I was viewing all these regiment for protein treaments how long did they take to see results. Also how can you make grey hair not look so brassy. Mines look totally nasty. My hair is very coarse and tightly coiled. Hope for suggestions.

  • SHAY


    I have noticed recently that my natural curl pattern has loosened. It’s not as kinky as it was in years past. Will a protein treatment help to restore my natural curl pattern?

  • kcurly

    SHAY, there could be a couple of reason why your hair pattern looks a little different. Have you been using direct heat? It can sometimes loosen the curl pattern with damage. Also some people notice their hair is more elongated as it gets longer because the weight of the hair stretches it out a bit.

  • Nika

    Do you apply it to dry hair or wet hair?

  • kcurly

    Nika…on wet hair

  • EVAL

    hey so i have frizzy and really bad split/dead ends. how do i keep the frizz down? my hair is naturally curly. ive done the BKT treatment and i cant take the fumes. how do i get rid of the frizz and make my hair shiny again?

  • maria

    I read a negative article of BKT treatment and have heard so many negative comments about it. I have had my 2nd treatment and had not read up on BKT til after the 2nd treatment. I want it out of my hair and off my scalp and would like to know if there is a natural treatment to get it off my hair and scalp. Also, is there a natural, no chemical treatment for straightening the hair. Thank You

  • CreoleHairedBeauty

    kcurly…I like the Aphogee treatment…I just hate the drying process. It takes FOREVER for it to get completely hard as its supposed to. I’ve also just done Organix BKT. Their’s is formaldehyde free. Its pretty cheap ($14.99 at cvs) I didn’t have a huge issue with fumes or anything. I’m on week 2 and I still love the effects. I’m not sure if it may not as strong because its something you do at home. But my question is with the protein you mix at home…does it leave your hair greasy or weighed down? My hair is medium curled…not thick but a lot of it. It’s passed the middle of my back but last July I put a “kiddy perm” in my hair and it was still to strong. I’ve grown about half of it out. Do you think your treatment could help keep that processed half moisturized enough to stop breaking? It’s not breaking BAD but its still something I wanna get under control. HELP!!! LOL

  • kcurly

    Creole, I have not experienced any greasiness after the treatment. I would not rely on the this treatment for moisture though, for that I would suggest you deep condition. HTH.

  • CreoleHairedBeauty

    Thanks a lot for responding…I still want to try this too. But are there any deep conditioners you’ve used that you really liked? I’m just not sure where to start…a lot of different products say they’re deep conditioners…but in name only.

  • Christina

    Hi kcurly,

    Since being natural, I’ve done a lot of research to ensure a healthy head of hair and it has definitely been a lot of highs and lows, but I tried this protein treatment and followed up with a DC and this is the best my hair has ever looked since being natural! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Raquel

    Can this be used for guys as well?

  • tamarah

    hello, do i have to have to have honey?

  • kcurly

    No tamara, you can throw a replacement in.

  • Kyndra

    Someone told me that you’re supposed to alternate protein treatments every other week. One week, do a deep moisturizing treatment, the next week a deep protein treatment. Its supposed to give you a healthy balance of moisture and protein. I see that you do yours diffently. Is the every other week process just for relaxed hair? I am 100% natural?

  • kcurly

    Kyndra, do whatever works for you. You don’t HAVE to do a protein treatment every other week. I personally recommend a moisturizing deep conditioner every week if you have really dry hair. Some people’s hair can’t tolerate a lot of protein, so every other week would be excessive for them. Yes, relaxed hair does (generally) require more protein. Again, none of this a set rule. I would say that you should just experiment and see what your hair likes. Read up more on how to tell if your hair has a good balance of protein and moisture so you can measure your results.

  • NaturalCurls

    Hi. Recently I had my Natural Hair (1.5 Years Natural, 4A/4B) straightened for the FIRST time and I allowed my hair to remain in a straight style for a week. Yesterday I washed my hair for the first time and some of the pieces on my sides won’t curl. I don’t know what to do? Some people say to try a protein treatment. Others say to give it time and that with more washes I may get my curl pattern back…I don’t know what to do. I am so lost and sad because I love my Natural Hair. Please Help!

  • kcurly

    NaturalCurls, I’m afraid I don’t have any new advice from what you have been told. Do try a protein treatment, it may bounce back…or it may not. In the future, always make sure they use a heat protectant when straightening your hair. Even then, there is still a chance of damage. I’m sorry :(

  • mindbodysoul20

    I believe I saw on youtube that a can of beer may help restore your curls. Hope it help…

  • Nel

    Hello, Kcurly, I’m a year natural did the big chop last october because I didn’t think I needed it because my hair is so fine and it takes nothing to get it straight. I’ve been to several salons and the stylists tell me that my hair is healthy and give me product suggestions. However, I realize that my curls are easily loosened and don’t break when loosened is there anything that I can do to define them without straightening them?

  • kcurly

    Nel, a Denman can define them or you can try some gel or gel like product. I have a post on defining curls, I’ll try to post it later.

  • cocnuthead

    Hey, I was wondering what deep condition do you recommend? I know it all depends on each individual’s hair, but I don’t know what to get. My hair is always dry and brittle-like. Any suggestions?

    Thank you.

  • kcurly

    cocnuthead, check out the “Products I Love” section for suggestions.

  • PerfectingDisciples

    I recently did the bc due to damage hair. The natural way is new to me so during my research I came across your website and I just did your protein treatment. My hair feels great! I have been trying different things and my hair was very dry and now I realize my hair needed protein. Thanks again. Can you give me some more tips for dry and thin hair?

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  • Monica


    Do you still do these protein treatments on your hair?

  • Cynthia

    Hello Kcurly, I’ve been reading all these wonderful comments on your homemade protein treatment. I never had a protein treatment before in my life 30yrs old so I’m thinking about trying this one my hair I have shoulder length hair African American, an I know just by reading up on relaxed hair and the damage it causes I do experience DRY,SPLIT ENDS,DULL, hair after I relax my hair and blow dry it. for the first time in my life I’m going to focus on a healthier life style my body and my hair so I’m going to try it or do you recommend that I don’t I really wont to know.. Thanks for you time

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