Monday, 7 July 2014

Diary of an Honest Naturalista: Week 57

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So I heard this big rave about using banana as a natural deep conditioning treatment from a fellow naturalista I met in another ministry at work. She talked about how it made her hair soft and fluffy, that the tongue of my hair strands began to water at the fact that it had never received such mouth-watering treatment before.

I then swore to myself that one weekend will not pass me by without experiencing this luxurious deep conditioning treatment.

I made sure I bought a whole bunch of bananas, on my way back from work on Friday, so I could have some left over to eat.

So the much awaited day came, and I blended my banana to form a paste. I applied it all over my hair, and covered my hair, and left my sister’s house to go home. About four hours later, after I had settled down at home, I proceeded to wash my hair.

Using warm water, I started washing the paste out. Believe it or not, they refused to come out. They stuck to my hair, almost like gum. I didn’t know whether to start crying, because it definitely wasn’t a laughing matter.
I switched from warm water to cold water, but there was no difference. The best I could do was remove the slimy paste bit by bit.

After about forty five minutes, I couldn’t hold it again, trickles of tear drops came down my cheeks, but I tried not to be too much of a cry baby, and refused to wail. Why do my experiments always end up in epic fails?

Believe it or not, it took me about two hours to wash the whole banana mess off my hair.

I didn’t remember the person who recommended this treatment to me ever telling me it was going to be like this. So I decided to call her, and confront her for not being honest.

“Toyin…” I started.

“Hi Anna. You don’t sound good. Are you okay?” She could definitely sense something wrong.

“I’m not okay o. I just spent two hours rinsing off banana paste off my hair.”


“Don’t say what. You are the one who told me about banana DC, but you never told me I would be applying gum to my hair.”

“Ohh, sorryyy.” She started to apologise.

“Why sorry?” I retorted. Why was she apologizing, or was there a conspiracy theory going on?

“I forgot to tell you, Anna. You are supposed to get the Igbo banana, not the Yoruba one.”

What Greek was this girl speaking?

What does Igbo and Yoruba have to do with natural hair? Are we talking about Nigeria’ss unity here? “Toyin, what are you talking about?”

“Yea. Yoruba banana is that short, slim, curvy, and much sweeter one, while Igbo banana is the fat, hard, bigger, one. You are supposed to use the Igbo banana for DC.”

Whaaaatttt??? And she didn’t think to tell me when she was raving about banana DC. Mehn, I aint trying no banana DC on my hair again, whether Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, Edo, Idoma, or whatever.

Another natural hair fail in my hair pocket.

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  1. Tryed it had tge same problem . By the time I got it all out my bathroom was a mess . Never again

  2. Thanks for the timely info definitely no banana for me, whether igbo yoruba or hausa thank u many mush!

  3. Oh yes the banana treatment I would never try except on my face..
    Sorry oh!

  4. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE. blend it in a blender and if it gets too thick, i add some aloevera juice and leave it for a while to blend really smooth. you will never have issues with any banana residue in your hair

    1. Ehm, one question? Did you try this tip with the specie of banana she talked about, i.e. the short thin ones? Those ones are slimier o.

  5. LOL, never heard this before. I guess I shan't be trying banana in my hair.

  6. Ah have totally tried banana, blended it with aloe vera even, an epic fail. Had banana bits stuck in my hair, couldn't even wash them out for 2 weeks. Bananas are for eating with peanuts, use them for a dc and darling u'd be damned

    1. Loool. I can't even laff. I've not dried it before sha. Not sure I will do that anytime soon.

  7. so is Toyin referring to plantain as the Igbo banana? or there is actually Igbo banana and Yuroba banana?

    1. No o. Not plantain. In Nigeria, the banana from the east (Igbo) is different from that of the west (Yoruba). The yoruba ones are those short slimmer sweeter ones that get soft and dark faster. The Igbo ones are usually fatter and longer.

  8. LOL. sowi Anna. Think I wud try it sometym. been hearing abt it a lot. but not sure sha o

  9. Lol I don't think it has to do with Igbo or Yoruba(first time I'm hearing this) I read you have to blend it really smooth and always wash it out with cold water. I do not under any calabar witch craft use food on my hair...egg avocado banana okra egusi afang ofe owerri on my hair. They pass down nicely thru my mouth and do their work internally. The best I've done is Mayo so my hair gets whatever egg crap it needs from the Mayo. I also do honey too but that's it. No way am I falling into that food cooking on my hair movement.

    1. Your comments is just too funny, lol. Kai. Please, come more often. Food cooking? Calabar witchcraft?

      Actually, the specie of the banana actually matters too.

  10. I have tried it ooo,! I can't even remember where I read it and I stayed in the bathroom for more than one hour trying to wash it off. I had to pour oil all over my hair and that somehow helped. I will never try that again, banana is banana whether Igbo or Yoruba

  11. I've tried banana dc twice. The first time alone and the second time with avocado. The first time, I simply blended the banana and mixed in some oils and honey and applied to my hair. The thing absolutely refused to come out oh. I just left it there and went to the salon to cornrow my hair. Some more banana bitsfell out during styling while the others came out in subsequent washes.

    It was later I learnt about sieving the paste. So when I used it the second time, I sieved the paste and it rinsed out beautifully with no residue. One thing I've learnt is that I'm not a mixtress. I'd rather buy prepared formulations like AN DC Mayo which I love and other products. No time to be blending and measuring stuff. The only mixing I do now is my oils for a hot oil treatment, oils and water for my spritz. Everyother thing gets added to a store bought formulation. Shikena

    1. Aww, thanks for the love. At least, before you gave up on it, you found a way to work it out. Cool!

  12. No way am I trying banana DC.. Thanks Anna for letting me know now


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