Scores of people across the globe are shifting their attention to natural hair care remedies, due to the damage which the chemicals in shampoos and other hair care products are doing to the hair. Moreover, if you can get your hair treatment done without having to shell out all that money, what's better! Egg yolks contain lecithin and protein, which strengthen the hair. Moreover, eggs are rich in vitamin A, E and D, which are essential nutrients for prevention of hair loss, improving hair health, texture and sheen.
Is Egg Yolk Good for the Hair?
Egg yolk, the yellow part of an egg, not only makes a nutritious diet, but also happens to be an ancient hair care remedy. It protects the hair from the effects of pollution, chlorine and UV rays. It acts as a natural moisturizer to dry and damaged hair. Moreover, the essential fatty acids and vitamins present in egg yolk condition damaged hair and prevent dandruff. Egg yolk application softens the hair, makes it more manageable and reduces the occurrence of frizz.
Separating Egg Yolk from the White
While considering egg yolk for hair treatment, we need to separate the egg yolk from the egg white. For this, you need to take a glass bowl and tap the center of the egg fairly forcefully, on the edge of the bowl. The egg will crack in the middle. Now without breaking the egg open, gently turn the egg vertically in your hand. The egg yolk being heavier will sink to the bottom. Now gradually break open the upper portion of the egg and allow the egg white to ooze out into the bowl. Once all the egg white from the upper eggshell cap has been emptied, slowly transfer the egg yolk from the bottom shell to the upper shell. Do this for a few times till all the egg white gets separated from the yolk. Your egg yolk is ready to be used for hair treatment.
Types of Egg Yolk Hair Treatment
Egg yolks can be used with different day-to-day commodities found in the kitchen. They make excellent hair masks with oils and juices. Let us have a look at some of them:
Beaten Egg Yolks
Take the separated egg yolk and place it in a bowl. Whisk the egg until the egg yolk turns into a solution. Apply this whisked egg yolk onto the scalp and hair, and leave it for half an hour. Wash it with cool water. For normal hair loss, applying egg yolk once a week is appropriate. After a month of egg yolk application you will find that your hair loss has reduced significantly.
Egg Yolks with Almond Oil
Take the yolk of one egg in a bowl and add to it one tablespoon honey, half a teaspoon almond oil and one tablespoon yogurt. Mix well to form a paste and apply it thoroughly onto the hair and scalp. After 90 minutes, rinse it off with cold water. Your hair will be smooth, shiny and moisturized. This remedy is great for those with dull and damaged locks.
Egg Yolks with Castor Oil
Take 2 egg yolks (for short hair) or 4 egg yolks (for longer hair) and add equal amounts of castor oil. Whisk thoroughly and apply this mixture onto damp hair. Leave it for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly to remove all the egg.
Egg Yolks with Linseed Oil
Take two teaspoons of linseed oil and add it to two egg yolks. Whisk the mixture well and apply it onto damp hair. Rub the scalp with the mixture as well. After half an hour, rinse your hair thoroughly. This linseed-egg yolk combination helps treat dry hair. You can keep the mixture on for longer if you want, however, just ensure it doesn't become too dry or else it will be quite difficult to wash off.
Egg Yolks with Lavender Oil
Well, if oils like castor oil and linseed oil can make wonderful hair masks, aromatic oils are also not far behind. Into two egg yolks, add one drop of lavender oil and whisk the mixture. Apply the mixture to your hair and rinse after half an hour.
Egg Yolk with White Wine Vinegar
Into two egg yolks pour some white wine vinegar and beat till a smooth, uniform consistency is obtained. Pour the mixture over wet pre-washed hair and rinse with cold water. The egg yolk-white wine combination will impart a wonderful sheen to the hair.
Egg Yolk with Lemon Juice
Add two teaspoons of lemon juice to two egg yolks and beat thoroughly, till a mixture of uniform consistency is obtained. Apply this mixture to the hair, right from the root to the hair tips. Leave the mixture on the hair for ten minutes and then rinse with cold water. The lemon and egg combination will reduce the stickiness from oily hair, leaving it bouncy and light. This concoction is also great for dandruff relief.
Egg Yolk with Yogurt and Lemon Rind
Into two egg yolks add four tablespoons of yogurt and one teaspoon of lemon rind. Whisk well and then apply the mixture to moistened hair. Wash after half an hour and shampoo. Your hair will feel smooth and look lustrous.
How to Make an Egg Yolk Conditioner?
Egg yolks make good conditioners as well. After application they leave the hair silky smooth and lustrous. Let's find out how we can make a conditioner with egg yolks.
Conditioner from Avocado and Egg Yolks
To tap egg's conditioning benefits, take the egg yolk and mash a small avocado into it. Prepare a paste and apply it onto the hair thoroughly. After 15 minutes rinse it off with cool water. This mixture acts as a wonderful moisturizing sheath for one's hair, protecting it and giving it shine. One can even add cold milk to the avocado and egg yolk mixture. Beat it in a blender till a smooth paste is obtained and apply this mixture onto the hair.
Conditioner from Olive Oil and Egg Yolks
Simply add 2 teaspoons of olive oil into the egg yolks and whisk. Gradually add in one cup of lukewarm water and mix to form a solution. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and squeeze the excess water out. Apply this egg yolk solution on your hair and massage well. Rinse with cool water after 5 minutes. It's most likely the smell of eggs will persist, so apply some shampoo once again to your hair. If you wish you can also add a teaspoon of warm honey to the mixture and apply it to the hair.
The best part about egg yolk hair treatments is that there is nothing to be worried about. Egg yolk is safe, suits all kinds of hair types and has no side effects whatsoever! The only drawback of egg yolk for hair treatment is the egg odor. Egg doesn't have a pleasing fragrance and causes the whole house to smell of egg on application. So avoid applying egg yolks just before going to work or a party. The benefits of egg yolks are plenty and not worth missing due to the 'eggy-odor'. Have fun!