Eggs aren’t just one of the most versatile foods you could have in your kitchen, they offer many benefits not just the internal workings of the body but also for the skin and hair too. One area that egg yolk has proved to be especially beneficial is your hair and there are many reasons behind that.
Using egg in your hair started back in the 1940’s when women looked to at-home remedies for problems such split ends, dry hair and more. Science can help to prove why this home remedy has stuck around for so long.
The Benefits of Using Egg Yolk for Hair
Hair is made up mostly of proteins and amino acids which is exactly what the humble egg is packing in abundance. Eggs contain many nutrients, minerals and vitamins, and as well as high levels of vitamins D and B-12, you will also find vitamin A, calcium, iron, vitamin B-6 and magnesium, all of which are essentially for healthy hair.
Beating Dry and Damaged Hair
The high levels of vitamin A in the yolk of the egg is what packs the most benefits and will encourage the scalp to produce more sebum, in turn releasing natural moisture and nutrients into it. This will help with dry and damaged hair and will also help you to achieve that glossy look often desired.
Try this: Use one egg yolk, three tablespoons of olive oil and three tablespoons of honey to make a mask that you apply directly to your scalp. Allow to sit for as long as you can (30-60 minutes) before rinsing out thoroughly with warm water.
The increased sebum production brings with it a whole host of benefits. If you suffer with dandruff, the sebum helps to add moisture to the scalp, reducing the white flaky patches of hair and filling it with much needed hydration. It will also prevent damage to the scalp caused by the sun and other factors which in turn promotes the growth of healthy hair and even reduces hair loss.
Try this: Mix a couple of eggs with equal parts of avocado flesh in a blender until you have a thick paste. Apply the plate to the hair and the goodness present in the eggs will combine with the rich fatty acids in the avocado to give your locks a much-needed boost of vital nutrients. Leave for twenty minutes before rinsing out with cool water.
The large quantities of all the vitamins and minerals in fresh and raw eggs offer ‘food’ for your hair. The proteins and amino acids that make up the individual strands need nourishment much like any other part of your body and when you apply it directly to your hair, it has almost immediate effects.
When you eat eggs, other parts of the body will often use the nutrients and minerals first before they have a chance to reach the skin and then the hair or nails. The vitamin E present in the egg, when applied directly to the hair, will offer protection against the powerful UV rays of the sun by locking in moisture and preventing further damage. It can also help you better deal with frizzy or flyaway hair.
Try this: Separate the egg yolk from the egg white and simply apply the yellow directly to your hair. Leave for half an hour before finishing out well with cool water. If you try to wash it out with warm water, you’ll cook the eggs and it will be much harder to wash it out.
Dealing with Frizzy Hair
There is a fatty protein in eggs called lecithin and it is this which helps with hair frizziness. By protecting the hair and nourishing it, it will slow down the speed that hair becomes brittle and breaks, and can also help to undo previous damage, making it stronger and much more manageable.
Not just lecithin, biotin is another compound that will help boost hair health and is found primarily in the yolk or yellow part of the egg. This helps to rejuvenate and re-nourish hair follicles and roots which leads to improved general health and allows it to grow faster.
Words of Warning
If the eggs start to harden, rinse the mixture out of your hair. Make sure you always use cool or lukewarm water to avoid scrambled-egg hair.