Probably one of the most widespread hair products is egg. Manufacturers have known about healing power of raw eggs for a while and this is why it is easy to find egg shampoos in stores. However, even without extra chemicals added to shampoos, a raw egg can be used as a conditioner that turns weak, dull hair into luxurious locks.
Egg yolks are naturally rich in vitamin A, D, E and several vitamins of B-group. All of them are good for hair: vitamins A, D and E are especially useful to treat hair loss, besides, vitamin A increases sebum production which oils dry hair and prevents dandruff and thick scalp, Vitamin D provides hair growth, and vitamin E increases oxygen absorption. B-vitamins are mostly responsible for hemoglobin. They increase the amount of oxygen and improve blood circulation.
Another significant part of egg yolk is fatty acids which make hair shiny and manageable. In addition, fatty acids were proven to fight dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis and flaky scalp, because they improve the skin structure.
There are several types of homemade egg conditioners that would be useful for anybody. The most known one involves egg yolks (no whites) and olive or castor oil. For example, two egg yolks should be mixed with two teaspoons of oil. The conditioner has to be massaged well on hair and into scalp and left alone for a little while. Rinse the mixture off thoroughly. This conditioner provides strong beautiful silky hair. It works best on dry to normal hair.
If there is a problem with dandruff, specialists recommend mixing egg yolks with baking soda and olive oil. While baking soda will exfoliate the scalp, eggs work on conditioning and healing hair strands and follicles.
Split ends can also be treated by egg yolks:
- mix 1 teaspoon honey with 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- beat in 1 egg yolk.
After being massaged in (the ends should be covered with the mixture in particular), the conditioner has to be remained on the hair. Wrap the hair with shower cap for about 30 minutes. After the treatment egg mixture has to be rinsed well.
Egg yolk with lemon juice and olive oil is another good treatment. However, lemons might highlight hair, so beware if you want to keep it dark. This conditioner softens hair and makes it shiny.
Just because some recipes require egg yolks, it does not mean whites have to be thrown away. They are a good source of protein which is another good nutrient for hair. Protein strengthens the hair up, preventing it from breaking.
An egg white can be used without any additional ingredients. It should be massaged into hair as a shampoo, left for 2-3 minutes and then rinsed well. Although for a better result one can try this: 1 cup of water should be boiled with 20 g of rosemary, after that the rosemary should be separated by a strainer. Let it cool off. Mix two egg whites into the water and use as a shampoo. The effect will be better if the mixture is covered with shower cap and left on hair for 30 minutes.
One of the greatest benefits of egg conditioners, the result is seen from the very first tries. However, it is important to have a complete cycle for a month in order to keep a long lasting effect of beautiful shiny soft hair.
Warning: do not use eggs and the mixtures if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.