Many people would rather not use eggs in their hair masks at all. And even if they do use egg in their hair treatments, they usually use the egg white alone and discard the yolk. I used to dislike using egg in my hair masks too and for the obvious reasons: the smell was unbearable! In reality, the smell of the egg yolk shouldn’t deter you at all from using them in your hair masks. Down in the Tips section below includes a nifty trick of mine that I use to conquer the post-shower lingering egg smell! Eggs, especially the yolks, are one of the best natural ingredients you can use if you want a deep conditioning protein treatment. Egg yolk has such a creamy consistency, that makes it sink right into your hair follicles, and nourish! Eggs are also super rich in protein, which makes them incredibly important for hair because our hair needs protein in order to be healthy and grow longer. Think about it, a strand of hair is just one long strand of protein!
Here are the nutrients found in egg yolk that mask it nutritious for hair:
|Nutrients||Benefits for Hair|
|Vitamins and antioxidants||Another benefit of egg yolk for hair is that it actually contains more vitamins than the egg white including vitamin A and b-vitamins like biotin, which are essential for luscious locks.|
|Moisture||Egg yolk is also rich in moisture, which will feed the hair follicles and shafts and preventing oil build-up, hair breakage and split ends.|
|Healthy fatty acids||These healthy fatty acids will lubricate and moisturize hair strands and seal moisture into the hair shafts. The rich fatty acid content in egg yolk will provide an intense protein treatment that will feed your hair from deep within.|
|Protein||The protein content of egg yolks will nourish and strengthen hair roots, thereby stimulating hair growth. Protein will repair damaged hair strands and promote elasticity since it is the building block of hair. It will add volume to hair and give it a glowing sheen.|
|Sulphur||Eggs are rich in sulphur which is one of the building blocks of hair. It is responsible for strengthening, shaping and maintaining the elasticity of hair strands.|
How to make an egg yolk hair mask
1. Crack an egg and separate the yolk into a clean small bowl.
2. Whisk your egg yolk until you get a soft creamy liquid.
3. That’s it! Your egg yolk hair mask is now ready for application!
How to apply the egg yolk hair mask
1. Wet your scalp and hair strands with warm water.
2. Separate your locks into two sections.
3. Using clean fingers, or preferably a brush as I did, scoop up some of the egg yolk hair mask and completely coat your whole scalp.
4. The remaining little of the egg yolk hair mask should be smeared lightly onto the length of your hair.
5. Wrap your hair away from your neck and cover with a shower cap.
6.Let the hair mask penetrate for about 15 minutes. When the time is up rinse off thoroughly as many times as possible with tepid/cold water. Do not use warm/hot water as this will cook the egg yolk and make it hard to rinse off!
7. Squeeze out excess water from your hair and allow it to air dry.
- Only one yolk?! For my waist long hair, I used only one egg yolk, which was perfectly fine to coat my scalp. The hair strands don’t need to be coated in egg yolk. Just smearing a bit of yolk onto your locks helps condition and soften!
- No ‘poo. I don’t use any kind of store bought shampoos on my hair at all. To mask the egg yolk smell on my hair, I usually wait for my hair to first air dry completely. Then apply a drop or two of geranium essential oil onto my hair brush and brush through. The smell will be gone in a jiffy!
- Coconut oil pre-poo. Before applying the hair mask, massage your scalp and strands with a small coin sized amount of coconut oil to prevent washing off of hair protein when rinsing your hair.
Where to Get a Natural Shampoo
If you are going chemical-free on your hair, but want to save the time of making a homemade shampoo, this Maple Holistics Sage Shampoo is a game-changer. It contains powerful herbs such as sage: for dandruff & itchy scalp treatment, rosemary: for hair growth and prevention of hair loss and spikenard for dandruff treament. It also has argan, jojoba and tea tree oils that all protect the scalp from germs, keep hair clean as well as hydrated and moisturized. This shampoo does not contain sulfates, so it will not lather the way you are used to, but you will quickly get used to it and notice the difference!