For decades I have had good Somali, Ethiopian and Eritrean friends of mine telling me to use mayonnaise in my hair. Finally, I decided to listen when I saw some on sale at Loblaws. Please keep in mind, using mayonnaise in either dreadlocks or any type of hair is best to cure extreme dry hair conditions – when you want to.
I bought some canola mayonnaise earlier this year and it is really good! The avocado one would have been better and I know this, but it was not on sale :-). You do have to just put it in and wash it out because as my neighbour Duncan says, you do not want animals chasing after your head :-). It does help to make your hair feel great though! It is especially good for mature locs, as well as well as unlocked hair.
You do not make dreadlocks with mayonnaise. Mayonnaise can help any kind of hair, including straight-haired people, wavy-haired people, and people with looser curls to relieve extreme dryness to their hair if applied, and then washed out. Mayonnaise is basically a good deep conditioner that is helpful in particular to those people who may live in extreme cold weather conditions that would cause for their hair to be extremely dry during cold weather conditions.
The other honest alternative to not using mayonnaise and/or hair oils that you use only for your hair is simply not wash your hair unless it truly needs it. If your hair is extremely curly, allowing the natural oils in your hair to build up prior to washing it is the best solution to relieve potential high levels of dryness to the hair that could also create breakage of the hair, as well as breakage to your dreadlocks.
Most people’s dreadlocks are actually double the length if the hair was straightened. The reason that dreadlocks gain length slower is that the hair does not grow in a straight line. I tends to grow back and forth randomly so it takes more than 3″ of hair to increase the length of the dread 3″. The thicker the dreads, generally the slower they gain length. But, if your hair is not meant to be straight naturally, I would not recommend straightening it to receive the length. It can also damage the health of your hair.
It also must be remembered that hair tends to have a seven-year growth cycle. This means that hair will grow in cycles of seven-years and then begin to “flat line” in terms of its growth. The best thing to do in these situations is not necessarily to cut the hair in order to improve the growth of the hair. By using such things as Castille soap that has peppermint oil in it, and/or also using peppermint oil to stimulate the scalp, the hair will begin again on a seven-year growth cycle journey natural and you can maintain the length of your hair if so wish so.
You can use it between washing with shampoo and rinse out your hair and then use your usual conditioner plus the mayonnaise to extra condition the hair.
You can also go through your usual hair washing routine of a pre-hot oil treatment, shampoo, conditioner and use the mayonnaise at the end of the hair washing routine. Then, you can also apply your oils after you have thoroughly rinsed out your hair.
I have seen a lot online that if you are going to use mayonnaise in your hair that you should not use it more than once a month. I think this would depend on your hair type and also the time of year regarding the climate.
Regardless of how you use mayonnaise for your hair either dreadlocked or not, it is a great conditioner and will truly have your hair feeling silky.
I have been using the mayonnaise every time I wash my hair and it works just fine. I have mature dreadlocks/locs though.