I recommend using shea butter and egg for hair especially for those who want to grow their hair longer and thicker. This combination will also help condition hair; making it easier to de-tangle hair as well as strengthen, nourish & stimulate the hair follicles and smooth the hair cuticles thereby making hair appear shiny. Shea butter + egg is one of the best shea butter mixes for hair because it’s so nutrient-dense and nourishing to the scalp.
Benefits of Shea Butter and Egg for Hair
Using shea butter and egg for hair will not only help promote hair growth but also make hair silky, soft and luscious! Here are more benefits of shea butter and egg for beautiful hair:
► Shea butter offers lots of benefits for beautiful hair. Since it is non-comedogenic, it is readily absorbed into the scalp. It penetrates deep and nourishes the hair follicles due to its rich fatty acid content, which also seals in moisture, thereby hydrating dry hair. Shea butter is also anti-inflammatory, which makes it a great soother and healer for itchy, flaky and dry scalps affected by dandruff.
► Being rich in protein, sulphur, lecithin, zinc, phosphorous, selenium, b-vitamins and vitamin A, B & D, eggs are extremely nutritious for the scalp and strands. Egg yolks mainly contain healthy fatty acids & lecithin which help moisturize and hydrate dry hair. The egg white is loaded with protein which strengthens the follicles & improves the flexibility of the hair strands and makes hair appear shiny.
Where to Get Shea Butter
When buying shea butter, buy high quality fair trade shea butter – avoid the ones that have additives like fragrance and all those nasties. There’s West shea butter and East shea butter. I like using raw East shea butter because it’s softer, not greasy and definitely not stinky – it just has a slightly nutty scent which I actually like. For hair, East shea butter might be better than West shea butter since it’s not as heavy and does not weigh the hair down.
*Note these measurements are for thick and curly hair that craves moisturization. If your hair is thin and fine, then you might want to omit the olive oil and use only 1 tsp of shea butter.
Why Use EVOO, Raw Honey & Tea Tree Essential Oil?
I added three other ingredients that are totally optional but have lots of benefits for hair & enhance this deep conditioning shea butter and egg hair treatment. Let’s explore their benefits below:
➝ Olive Oil – Loaded with antioxidants, olive oil will protect the hair from premature greying caused by free radicals. It is also one of the best natural hair products I recommend for treating & reversing damaged hair. For centuries, olive oil has been used to condition hair and make it soft & shiny.
➝ Raw Honey – Avoid store-bought honey and use raw honey instead, for its nourishing properties that haven’t been destroyed by processing. Raw honey contains a hefty serving of hair boosting goodness such as minerals, vitamins and anti oxidants that will feed & protect the hair. It is also an antibacterial agent that will ward off germs & bacteria that can cause scalp infection, acne, dandruff and itching.
➝ Tea Tree Essential Oil – Tea tree essential oil is a hair stimulant that will stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation in the scalp and supplying the follicles with nutrients. It is also an antimicrobial agent that will protect the scalp from germs that can cause infection which results in hair loss.
- In a mixing bowl, add the shea butter (it should be soft enough to mix or you can warm it a bit in a double boiler) then crack in your egg.
- Now get a whisk and start mixing the shea + egg.
- When it looks well-combined, add in the raw honey, olive oil and tea tree oil.
- Continue whisking vigorously until you get a frothy liquid.
How to Apply the Deep Conditioning Shea Butter and Egg for Hair
- Wash & shampoo your hair as usual.
- Squeeze out all the water from your strands and pat dry.
- Part your hair into sections and apply the deep conditioning shea butter and egg hair treatment, from root to tip – tackling all areas.
- Slather a generous amount on your ends, where the most damage occurs.
- Once you’ve finished applying, cover your hair with a shower cap/ saran wrap/plastic bag to retain heat and allow the treatment to penetrate deep. Leave the treatment to do its work for about 25 to 30 minutes.
- When the time is up, rinse your hair very thoroughly in lukewarm to tepid water. Make sure to rinse very well, it usually takes about 7 to 10 rinses or more to get all of the treatment washed off.
- You can now shampoo and wash your hair.
- When done, wrap your hair in an old T-shirt or non-fluffy towel (fluffy towels cause hair breakage). When your hair dries, comb and style as usual. Your hair will feel so soft and look shiny as well!
➝ Without doing all the melting and whisking, I like to just throw everything in a high speed blender and blitz till I get a well combined mixture.
➝ You can also whip the shea butter and egg for hair with a hand mixer for an easier & smoother application.
• Do not use hot water to rinse out the shea butter and egg hair treatment as the hot water will cook the eggs and you’ll end up with scrambled egg bits stuck to your hair.
• Don’t apply the hair treatment to hair dripping with water. Ensure that you squeeze out all the water before applying the shea egg treatment – you can even use paper towels to soak up the excess water.
• Since we’re applying this shea butter hair treatment to wet hair, be careful because wet hair is more prone to breakage than dry hair.
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