Today, another post from the series of ‘granny’s recipes’. I’d like to discuss eggs – products that work great not only in the kitchen. What benefits are hidden under the shell? How does an egg work on hair? In the further part of the post, I will share with you my favourite recipes for egg hair masks. Enjoy!
Throughout the years, egg hair masks have been used by our mothers and grandmothers to maintain or restore hair health. Until today, my aunt applied raw egg onto the hair at least twice a week. After about 15 minutes, she washes it off the usual way. I used to make jokes that if she uses too hot water, she’ll get a scrambled egg hairdo. Thank god, she has a good sense of humour;) Do it have any sense? Yes, of course! Believe me, old-fashioned methods of hair care are unbeatable, I have experienced it repeatedly. For instance, hair oiling is not a treatment that arrived from the East. Our grandmas have been using oils for ages, with the development of cosmetic industry, such methods became forgotten for a good few years.
How does an egg influence the hair?
Conditioning egg properties
What are the egg properties significant for hair care? They are definitely worth using due to the content of valuable nutrients. They are always necessary for the hair to strengthen, regenerate, and boost its growth. However, you must learn that there are differences when it comes to the egg yolk and the egg white.
1. Egg white is 90% water. The rest are amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It is less valuable than yolk and thus it is less frequently used on hair. Nevertheless, it is still worth applying it because:
- perfectly moisturizes the hair;
- strengthens and prevents brittleness;
- adds a natural volume to the hairstyle.
2. Egg yolk contains many vitamins, including B, A, D and E. Additionally, there is a high mineral content: magnesium, iron, sodium and sulphur. Homemade masks are often enriched with egg yolk because it is a natural emulsifier binding the ingredients of the cosmetic, but also:
- thickens and accelerates hair growth;
- provides softness, smoothness and shine;
- relieves symptoms of dandruff;
- regenerates, improves the condition of the hair.
How to use egg on hair?
The best recipes for hair egg masks
If you want to introduce natural ingredients in your hair care, it is best to start with eggs and oils. Such an egg mask has a beneficial influence on the condition of the hair, increases shine regardless of its type. In the long run, the hair becomes stronger, thicker and grows faster. It is worth having the egg play the main role. How to do it? Here are my favourite recipes for egg hair masks. Choose the one that is most suitable for you.
Hair growth egg mask
Take two eggs and whisk well (both the white and the yolk). Add two tablespoons of Castor oil which is to boost hair growth. Rub the blend into the hair right after washing. Wrap your head in a shower cap and leave the mixture in for about a quarter of an hour. Next, rinse with lukewarm water and shampoo once again.
Damaged hair egg mask
Take one whole egg, a tablespoon of olive oil (or another favourite natural oil), half a spoon of natural honey, half of a ripe avocado and two tablespoons of natural yoghurt. This bland of components will deliver everything the hair needs for regeneration. Mash avocado and add all the ingredients combine everything to create a smooth consistency. If the mask turns out too thick, you can add a tablespoon (or more) of water. Then, apply the mask to washed, damp hair and secure with a shower cap for about half an hour. Next, wash your hair with cool water.
Dry hair egg mask
Combine two whole eggs, one ripe banana and half a cup milk (this can vary, adjust it to the thickness of the mask). Blend well. Apply the mousse to dry or damp hair, cover up with a shower cap and finally rinse with cool water.
Greasy hair egg mask
Use the yolk of one egg, blend with two tablespoons of lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed). Apply the mixture to the hair and massage it on the scalp. Wait about half an hour with a shower cap and rinse everything thoroughly. The mask is perfect for oily hair, however, it should not be applied to dry ends. Also, remember that it can brighten the strand due to the lemon content.
Brittle hair egg mask
You will need two egg yolks, two tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of finely grated fresh cucumber. Blend it all well to get a smooth texture and apply to the hair. Rinse it off after about an hour.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
How often can I apply eggs to the hair?
There is no specific schedule. Egg care is natural therefore we can reach for it even on a daily basis. However, in my opinion, an optimum frequency is once or twice a week. They key is to use it regularly.
Egg – for dry or wet hair?
Taking into consideration purely practical reasons, I believe it is a lot easier to apply masks to wet/damp hair. I like to use them after shampooing because cleansed scalp absorbs nutrients faster. A bit of damp also allows oils to penetrate the hair easier (and oils are often used in combination with eggs).
Do you have any more questions? Let me know! I will be happy to answer all of them!