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Bananas, Horse Oil and Vicks VapoRub: My Review of 5 of the Weirdest Hair Treatments I’ve Tried

• Oct 26, 2017

I’ve been natural for over 11 years, and within that time I’ve tried a lot of weird recipes and products on my hair. Some of the things I’ve used have worked wonderfully and others left me wishing I never attempted them. Here is my review of 5 of the weirdest hair treatments I’ve tried.

Shapely’s Original MTG Oil… for Horses
This oil was never intended for human use. If you go to Shapely’s website, you’ll see that the original oil was intended for horses with skin infections, as well as thinning manes and tails. It doesn’t sound like something you would use on a human, but the owner once emailed a customer stating that the products are safe for humans and that she uses their line of shampoos and conditioners for her tail bone length hair.

I stumbled across the product after a year and a half of being natural. I was reading up on hair growth and was desperate for anything that would speed up the process of my awkward stage. Reviews stated that MTG oil gave them excellent hair growth, so I purchased a bottle and used it for one month before I formulated an opinion. Obviously, my hair didn’t grow at the rate I expected. There really is no overnight hair growth pill or potion.

However, I did notice that my seborrhea dermatitis was calm and my scalp didn’t itch. Because it smelled like bacon (yes, you read correctly), I decided to stop using it regularly. But I still use it when I have a protective in (box braids, crochet, etc.), as it keeps the flakes and itchies at bay. To combat the smell, I put a few drops of peppermint and eucalyptus oil in the MTG oil before I apply it to my scalp. Now, the company has created a version of the original MTG oil that has more of an herbal smell. Even though hair growth wasn’t evident, the product was still a triumph for me.

I’m not sure if you guys have heard of E’tae’s Carmel Treatment, but I used to use the product once upon a time. It made my hair soft and super moisturized. Before E’tae started selling their products in stores, you could only purchase online. One day, I decided that I didn’t want to wait for the caramel treatment to arrive in the mail (they sometimes had backed up orders) and decided to create my own. How hard could it be? After all, I found a recipe online that seemed fool proof.

The recipe called for bananas, olive oil, and molasses. I put it all in a blender and slathered it on my head. When I tell y’all this was a MISTAKE. Instead of incredibly soft and manageable hair, I ended up with dry hair that had tiny bits of banana still in it. I tried to pick it out, but that didn’t work. I also tried washing it again, but the banana was still there. I ended up having to leave it in there and just wait until the banana eventually washed out. This was an absolute fail.

Lemon Juice Hair Cleanser
I usually stick to VO5’s clarifying shampoo when I want a deep clean. After watching Chescalocs and her deep cleaning hair regimen for her locs, I decided to try something different. The ingredients for the hair cleanser looked like a recipe for dry and hard hair – lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and salt. I decided to give it a try anyway. I mixed all the ingredients in the sink with water and sat my hair in the mixture for about 10 minutes. Not really expecting it to work, I was shocked when I lifted my head to see a sink full of brown water. The cleanser removed a lot of build-up and left me with squeaky clean hair. I followed up with a deep conditioning and hot oil treatment. My hair felt very lightweight after drying and styling. This recipe was a total win for me. Check out the tutorial below!

Mayonnaise and Egg Protein Treatment
I once blended mayonnaise, eggs, and vinegar (white) and applied it to my hair. Why? Because I was convinced that I absolutely needed a protein treatment and the only way to do it was to do it was with a natural recipe. When I think of how my hair reacted after trying this recipe, the word solid comes to mind. My hair was an actual steel wool pad. Not only did my hair smell like vinegar, but I had pieces of egg in my hair because the water was too hot when I was rinsing it out. Did I mention that I left this foolishness in my hair for 30 minutes? I think the white vinegar is what left my hair so hard, but at the time, I knew nothing about natural hair. I’m not sure if this is a fail for everyone, but it was definitely a fail for me.

Honorable Mention: Vicks VapoRub
You might have read our post about women who use Vicks VapoRub to re-grow their edges. While reading through reviews, I noticed that women were saying the ointment can relieve an itchy scalp. I decided to test it out before I had my crochet hair installed. I applied a thin layer to my scalp and was pleasantly surprised. My scalp felt open and cool. I also noticed that my scalp didn’t itch after I had my crochet braids installed. I was thinking about applying the ointment before every install, but then remembered that the active ingredients (eucalyptus, camphor, lavender, and menthol) are probably what contribute to keeping the scalp itch free. IF you want the same results, you can easily purchase the active ingredients and create your own mixture at home. However, the Vicks VapoRub ointment would be less expensive. Not a fail, but not necessarily a triumph for me either.

What odd products/recipes have you tried on your hair? Were they triumphs or fails? 

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4 years ago

I think we all try the crazy methods in the beginning. Mine was onion juice. It worked but nothing in the world was worth that smell ?

Amber Luv
Amber Luv
4 years ago
Reply to  Imade

I tried that one too.. Awful Smell! Never Ever Again!!

4 years ago

For me, the best deep conditioning treatment is avocado, egg and olive oil.

Dr Scott
4 years ago
Reply to  Shermaine

This recipe sounds good. What are the portions you used for measuring?

4 years ago

I love that you’re experimenting with making your own as my daughters use to call mine, “concoctions.” It ensures you the best possible ingredients and allows you to determine what works best for you. The banana adventure, was just the beginning, continue the journey. It does get better. If that d/n work Sistah Butters has got you covered 😉

4 years ago


4 years ago

Never heard of bananas treatment I will tell my mother to try it put for sure, thanks

Amber Luv
Amber Luv
4 years ago

The weirdest treatment I ever tried was beer to revert my blown out damaged hair back to the natural curl pattern. It didnt revert my curls but my hair was soft. It took several rinses to remove the smell.

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