by Mary Wolff
Hair needs a lot of important nutrients to stay healthy and beautiful. When your curls are looking a little lackluster, dull, or suffering breakage, it may be time for DIY egg hair treatments. When my hair needs a little boost, egg hair treatments are one of my favorite things to do because it is so quick and easy. Best of all, the results are fabulous!
Eggs are a superfood for good reasons. They are packed with biotin, sulfur, and iron. Egg yolks also contain vitamins such as A, E, and D that stop dandruff, nourish the scalp, and protect your hair from UV rays. What about protein? While eggs are great for adding protein into our diets, our hair doesn’t quite work that way. The protein in egg is actually too large to fit in your hair shaft, so it simply sits on top and doesn’t get absorbed into your hair. That aside, egg hair masks are good because they are easy to make and you can even do just a basic egg treatment without any other ingredients. They are also great for mixing with other ingredients to tackle a bunch of different hair concerns. Here are a few tips and recipes on using this powerhouse to your hair’s advantage.
For short to medium hair, use one egg. For long hair, use two eggs. Simply beat the eggs in a bowl and apply to hair. Put on a shower cap to avoid any mess and to let the eggs really sink into strandsAfter 30 minutes, rinse with cold to lukewarm water. Follow with your usual shampoo and conditioner routine.
Take one to two eggs and combine with the pulp of half an avocado. The avocado has extra fatty acids that will give your hair a boost of strength. Mix together until lumps are gone. If you want to, you can add about a tablespoon to 2 tablespoons of coconut milk to the mixture. This will add extra shine to your hair and will make the mixture smell better. Apply to hair and cover with a shower cap to avoid a mess. After 30-40 minutes, rinse out with lukewarm water and shampoo as normal.
It is best to rinse your hair in colder water rather than warmer water. You don’t want to bring out that pungent egg smell and have your hair smell all day.
Always use fresh eggs to get the most benefit. Expired eggs are less potent and they stink!
If you have a problem with that eggy smell, you can follow up the treatment with a nice apple cider vinegar rinse. Just be careful not to use too much or it might lessen the benefits of the egg mask. A good tip is to mix a tablespoon or less with your shampoo.
Eat eggs! Your hair will still benefit from the powers of eggs if you eat them instead of applying them directly to your strands. Remember, healthy hair starts with a healthy diet!