Mayonnaise hair treatment.

Today we conducted an experiment to determine the effectiveness of mayonnaise as a deep conditioning pre-shampoo treatment. The control was an Ojon pre-shampoo deep conditioner.
In all experiments, the treatments were applied, then the hair was covered with aluminium kitchen foil, to increase warmth and aid penetration of the treatment into the hair shaft. (And it’s less messy!) The aluminium foil can be fashioned into cat/rabbit/teddy bear ears or a Martian space helmet, whatever grabs your artistic flair, for a bit of extra fun. (All credit to Dianne Brill – This is an idea I initially read about in Dianne Brill’s excellent 1990s classic – Boobs, Boys and High Heels, which is an excellent read if you can track it down. In fact, it would be great to read whilst you have your foil hat on)
Wait 20 minutes at a minimum, longer is better, then shower off. Use tepid water, anything too hot and you will have scrabbled eggs on your hands. And egg on your face. So, tepid water to start with, then apply a shampoo and conditioner of your choice, as normal. We at The Experimentsinstyle Lab currently favour Tommy Guns fig. Then dry off, blow dry, and – hey presto! Swishy glossy hair!
So the mayonnaise compared favourably to the Ojon hair treatment. I actually preferred the mayonnaise , it seemed to give slightly softer, glossier hair. And the Ojon has the most peculiar smell. Can’t say I disliked it, and Dr Experimentsinstyle commented that it reminded him of a strange combination of his grandfathers pipe tobacco and chocolate. But my family members voiced their opinion on the scent. “It is stinky!” was their considered opinion. So, at least the mayo doesn’t have that strong scent. (And yes, I know you can get unscented Ojon, but I bought the scented version, and, to be honest, I won’t be repurchasing Ojon when the mayo does the job so well)
So – let’s look at the cost savings. The Ojon costs £6 for 250ml. The mayonnaise I purchased was 80p for 500ml. We used Sainsburys basics mayonnaise , but any cheap, high fat supermarket mayo is probably fine. So, ml for ml, the cost consideration is £. Per ml for the Ojon, vs £ per ml for the Sainsburys mayo. So a considerable saving. But I will tell you a secret that meant the mayo was even cheaper than that. It was just some mayo that we happened to have in the fridge anyway that I was going to sling out because it was slightly past its “use by ” date. So, effectively, it was free! Win!
NB: In all experiments, only human hair was used. (As usual, I was the willing volunteer. My hair is mid length, and not coloured or treated)
Your mileage may ,of course , vary. If you have treated, coloured, sensitive scalp or straightened hair etc. and even if you don’t, a little strand or patch test would probably be sensible before going the whole hog in any case. I’m sure Ojon is a great brand, and you may find, as one of my very good friends had, that Ojon works fantastically for your hair. It’s all about experimenting with what works for YOU!
No treatments were applied to teddy fur , I’m pretty sure that neither Ojon nor mayo would do teddy fur any good at all. Dr Experimentsinstyle was a “good egg” by playing along and very gamely wearing his own foil hat. But no treatments were applied underneath. So, let me know in the comments below if you tried it, I’d love to hear how you got on.