Did you know that rather than raiding the shelves of your local Boots or Superdrug and shelling out big dollar on a thick and loving masque to smother your desperate broken hair, you can find all the ingredients you need for this very task in your own kitchen? True story. I’m about to get all Kirstie Allsop on your hineys and talk you through a must have hair mask that costs next to nothing. A DIY egg hair mask. WHAT?
Not only does this hair mask breath a bit of life back into your hair and takes a matter of minutes to rustle up but it also feeds your hair with a good old shot of protein and some much need nutrients.
More about that later!
What You Need:
– 1 or 2 medium eggs (length and thickness dependent – I use two for extra eggyness!)
– Olive Oil
– A cup
How To Make a DIY Egg Hair Mask:
1. Break your egg into the mug and add warm water (not hot – you don’t want scrambled brekkie on your head) and a splash of olive oil
2. Beat the egg, water and oil into a smooth mixture
3. Comb your hair through thoroughly and apply to your hair.
4. Grab your favourite magazine and a brew leave for 10-30 minutes or until the egg hair mask has “set”/”dried”
5. Rinse your hair with warm water (to avoid the aforementioned scramble) until the water runs clear and your hair feels egg free.
6. Dry and style your hair as normal.
Here’s the science-y part. Your hair is made up on average of 91% protein, strings of amino acids and quite probably a small % of all those hair dyes and products that we overdose our hair with on a daily basis. What better way to treat our hair than to feed it, well, uhm..itself. Bit of cannibalism there for you.
Eggs are notoriously rich in proteins, vitamins, and fatty acids and those golden yellow yolks aren’t only good for dipping soldiers in (yum!) they also help to keep your hair softer, shinier and healthier as well as giving it a helping hand to reach Rapunzel likes lengths.
The abundance of vitamins A, D, and E help to prevent hair loss and also helps to thicken thinning hair. Vitamin D? Well that’s your best buddy. It promotes new growth and keeps those dreaded split ends at bay. So why olive oil? I’m not going all Jamie Oliver on you by adding a dash to anything and everything, olive oil actually strengthens and softens hair making it a godsend for dry and damaged hair while strengthening and exfoliating your hair.
No eggs in the larder? Your full fat fridge friend “Mr Mayo” is made of eggs and is packed full of hair hydrating properties. For a quick cheat egg hair mask, smother damp hair in mayonnaise (sounds gross, I know) and wrap your hair in cling film. The cling film wrap effect means that the heat contained in the wrap opens the pores of the hair and allows the treatment to penetrate the strands further.
Pretty nifty huh?