If your hair is in need of some TLC why bother buying expensive chemically ridden deep conditioners when all you need to do is open the fridge and crack a few eggs. When your hair is feeling lacklustre, over-processed, dry or greasy. The two components of an egg, the yolk and the white, can be used to treat these complaints.
Egg yolk is rich in vitamins B2, B12, A, D, biotin and folate, all key ingredients to repair hair and make it more resistant to damage. If your iron levels are low egg yolk has a small but significant amount which can help cell proliferation in the hair follicle. If applied to the scalp the yolk can steep the root in these vital vitamins to make the new hair growing stronger, less prone to breakage and shedding. Some say it also helps the hair grow quicker, there isn’t any research to support these claims but if your hair is not breaking or shedding you will have a fuller head of hair. Hair is made of a protein called keratin and eggs yolks are a great source of protein helping to promote shine and manageability of your hair. The yolk also contains saturated fats to moisturise the hair promoting shine.
An egg yolk hair mask can be as simple as whisking up the yolk and applying to your hair. It may be easier to apply to damp hair but not soaking wet. Cover with a shower cap to prevent dripping and also to generate heat to help penetration. Leave for 20 – 30 minutes. Rinse in cold water (Don’t want to scramble the egg on your head!) Shampoo and condition as usual.
The egg white is, again, full of protein and vitamins but with the added bonus of containing enzymes that can clarify the hair removing product build-up. The white is also beneficial to improve greasy hair.
Egg white hair mask is made by whisking the whites to a foaming consistency and applying to damp hair and scalp. Cover head with a shower cap. Leave for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Shampoo and condition as usual.
There are other ingredients you can add to the egg mask to improve things further:
Olive oil hydrates the hair nourishing dry, brittle hair.
Milk softens the hair.
Coconut oil makes har feel soft and lustrous.
Bananas improve manageability improving elasticity which prevents split ends and breakage.
Honey has restorative properties bringing lifeless hair to life.
Lemon a natural astringent helps to close the pores on the scalp helping reduce excess oil in the hair. It can also lighten the hair so dilute with water on a ratio 1:2.
Apple cider vinegar eliminates oils and grease and helps to clear away irritating, itching dandruff.
Eggs contain 21 amino acids and the body uses 18 amino acids to create Keratin, the protein hair is made of.
Eggs have been used for hundreds of years on hair but if you have an allergy to eggs or any other of the suggested products do not apply as the mask may cause a reaction.
Eating 2-3 eggs a week can also be beneficial to your hair they are a super, natural multivitamin.
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