The virtues of eating eggs for diet benefits have long been expounded and for good reason! But these fabulous ingredients pack in quite a punch when it comes to beauty benefits of eggs for hair! Eggs are versatile ingredients, which can be used by themselves, or in conjunction with other ingredients to deliver optimum benefits when consumed, or applied topically on hair or skin. While they have a reputation for being smelly and messy, it’s worth the effort to use them, simply because this single ingredient can solve all your hair problems in a jiffy! Let’s take a look at what eggs contain, how you need to use them effectively, and why they can be a handy addition to your dressing table.
What Does An Egg For Hair Contain?
Raw eggs are truly nature’s gift to haircare! This superfood is apt for all hair types, and both the egg white and the yolk come replete with benefits. The egg yolks are particularly nutrient-dense and come packed with biotin, vitamins A, D, E, K and folate. Egg yolks also contain lecithin. An egg contains a whopping 8.3g of protein! Half the egg’s protein is in the white, and the other half is in the yolk. The egg white also contains selenium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. In addition, eggs on the whole offer iron, copper and zinc, as well as a host of B Vitamins, which are the most essential for hair health! Vitamins B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) and B5 (pantothenic acid) are good for hair flexibility, strength and overall wellness. Biotin or Vitamin B7 is especially essential for hair growth, while folic acid deficiency could cause premature greying. If the eggs are grass-fed or free-range, you’ll also have a substance rich in omega 3 fatty acids. That’s a whole lot of nutrients – all important for a host of hair care benefits, and all found in one little egg.
Pro tip: Eggs contain over twenty vital nutrients, which are important for hair care.
Yolks vs. Whites: What Should You Use?
The yolk comes with natural fats, and offers moisturising benefits in the most natural way, without harmful artificial creams, chemicals or parabens getting in the way. In that sense, it is more potent than the egg white, since it contains more nutrients. However, the whites cannot be ignored entirely. They contain bacteria-eating enzymes, which keep the scalp fresh and clean, and also remove unwanted oil and grease. It is important to use both the egg white and the egg yolk to keep your hair healthy, but how you do it depends largely on your hair type. For normal hair, use the entire egg – whites and yolks blended. If you’ve got oily hair, use the egg whites on your scalp, and the yolk at the ends of the hair for preventing split-ends. You can use an egg mask with the entire egg not more often than once a week. For dry and brittle hair, focus on using the yolks as much as possible. Use the egg white just once a week on your scalp for a good cleanse and detox.
Pro tip: Use the yolks and the whites depending on your hair type.
Eggs are great at replenishing protein
Eggs are good for replenishing the hair’s protein content. How does it do this? Visible hair, as we all know, is made up of dead cells. Hair growth happens under the scalp, in the hair follicle. When new hair cells are formed, older dead cells are pushed up – and that’s why hair grows. Hair is, in fact, made up of a protein called keratin. In fact, the entire human body is fully made up of protein, in that its entire structure is protein. All the protein we eat is broken down to amino acids, which are used by the liver to create different proteins. So, under the scalp area, there are millions of hair follicles which create keratin from the amino acids we get in food. Hair growth happens in these cells and that is how hair is formed. So protein is literally vital to hold together every strand of hair! If you’re getting inadequate amounts of this in your diet, chances are you’ll be suffering from weak, brittle and limp hair, which falls off. Applying an egg mask twice or thrice a week, as well as consuming a diet with eggs, will ensure you get an adequate dose of protein to keep your keratin levels intact and your hair in shipshape.
Pro tip: Replenish keratin levels naturally by applying eggs topically and following a diet with at least two eggs a day.
Enhances hair growth
Your scalp is the skin on your head, and the base for your hair follicles, so how you nourish it and how healthy it is has a direct impact on your hair follicle health. Massaging your scalp and hair with egg yolks and some bit of the whites – can boost hair growth, enhance thickness, and keep hair loss at bay. Use eggs in different ways for this – consume it in your diet (at least 2 eggs every day), as an ingredient in your hair mask, or even as a standalone topical application.
Pro tip: Using eggs reduces hair loss and ensures that hair thickness and tensile strength is maintained.
Containing your tresses can be one of the biggest challenges, if you’re looking for the ultimate frizz remedy, look no further! Eggs contain protein, with natural keratin that helps in taming damaged and humidity-inflicted hair by smoothening it naturally. The folic acid content also helps controlling frizz. For maximum benefit, try adding some olive oil, coconut oil, argan oil or any other frizz-taming ingredient to an egg white, and then apply on the hair once a week, leaving in for 15-20 minutes each time.
Pro tip: An egg mask is the ultimate in controlling frizzy hair, caused by moisture or excessive pollution in the atmosphere.
Balances hair sebum
Greasy and oily scalp, which also tends to be flaky with dandruff is a common problem that plagues most of us. This is because diet and lifestyle factors contribute to your sebum balance going off kilter. When your scalp is not properly looked after, dryness and fungus forms, which in turn results in flaky scalp and dandruff. Massaging the scalp with eggs – particularly the yolks – can increase blood circulation, and boost hair growth from within, while simultaneously hydrating and nourishing the scalp. If your scalp is excessively greasy, maintain scalp hygiene and nourishment by using the egg whites to detox your hair of all bacteria and infections. It is the ultimate sebum-balancing cleanser, which comes with moisturising properties. Once you’re done with this, be careful to wash your hair gently afterwards and not overload on the shampoo, since you may strip your hair of natural oils.
Pro tip: Use eggs at least twice a week to make sure scalp and hair sebum balance are maintained.
Conditions naturally and adds lustre to your mane
An egg mask is perhaps one of the most potent remedies to condition your hair naturally, and for one very good reason – it is the best source of B Vitamins, essential for hair texture and strength. The yolk works as a moisturiser for dry locks and is also a superfood due to the multitude of nutrients. What’s more, it helps retains the hair’s natural sheen thanks to its moisturising benefits. Crack open two eggs, and then beat its contents well in a bowl. Apply all over hair and scalp and leave on for ten minutes. Rinse well and follow up with your usual shampoo and conditioner regime. If you want to create a conditioning hair mask at home, follow the tips in this video.
Pro tip: Eggs, when applied topically, are a great conditioning agent while imparting sheen naturally.
Egg masks to try out at home
Egg white-honey antibacterial mask
This is perfect if you’ve had a gruelling day with your hair exposed to pollutants. Take two egg whites, mix it with 2 tbsp of honey and stir well. Apply all over the scalp and hair evenly, leave on for about twenty minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
Whole egg-castor oil moisturising mask
Take two whole eggs along with 2 tbsp castor oil and mix well in a bowl until you achieve a smooth even mixture. Apply all over the scalp, and the hair, making sure to coat each strand well. Wrap in cellophane paper and leave in for half an hour. Wash well with your regular shampoo and follow up with a biotin-rich conditioner.
Egg yolk-yoghurt mask for damaged hair
Take three egg yolks, add an equal quantity of full-fat yoghurt and blend in a blender until you have a smooth mixture. Apply all over the hair, making sure to focus on the ends, which is where the maximum damage is likely to happen. Leave on for 15-30 minutes, and then use your hand to squeeze the mixture out of the hair. Wash well with your regular shampoo.
Recipes for healthy hair
Use these simple egg recipes, that fortify you with nutrients, making sure your hair stays strong from the inside!
Hummus and eggs on toast
4 small or 2 big slices of multi-grain bread
½ cup beetroot hummus
Toast the bread and then spread fresh beetroot hummus drizzled with olive oil on each of the slices.
Poach the eggs, and immediately and gently arrange on top of each slice of bread (you can use two per slice if you’re using big slices).
Sprinkle with finely-chopped herbs like mint and rosemary, which also have nutrients that are beneficial to hair health. If poached eggs are difficult to make, you can boil and finely chop the eggs and place them on top.
Baked eggs with spinach and tomato
100 g spinach
200g tomatoes, sliced sideways
1 tsp chilli flakes
Preheat the oven to 200 C.
Chop the spinach into the desired size. Then boil it until it is cooked and wilted.
Drain out the excess water well, and put in a baking dish, spreading it out.
Mix the tomatoes with the chilli flakes and some seasoning like salt and pepper. Add this to the dish with the spinach and toss well.
Once you have the mixture, create two crevices – one for each egg – and gently break them in, keeping the yolks whole.
Bake for around fifteen minutes.
Remove and serve hot. This dish can be accompanied by crusty bread, or a small bowl of rice on the side.
Egg Nicoise salad
For the dressing
2 tbsp olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, grated
50g basil leaves, chopped
3 black olives, chopped
For the salad
200g green beans
½ red onion, finely chopped
100g tomatoes, sliced
Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl with 1 tbsp water.
Then boil the beans for 5 minutes, add the broccoli and boil for another five minutes until both are tender.
In a pan, boil the eggs for eight minutes or until done. Shell the eggs and slice them into half.
Mix the veggies into a bowl. Pour in half the dressing, and then toss well.
Then arrange the eggs on top, and drizzle the remaining dressing over the dish.
FAQs: Eggs For Hair
Can I use egg as a shampoo?
While eggs are the most popular and effective as hair masques or when included in your diet, you can also use your egg with your regular shampoo. Since it is not a complete cleanser in itself, you will need to beat it up well in a bowl and add an equal quantity of your regular shampoo. Use this to wash your hair. Remember though, always rinse with tepid or cool water, so that the eggs don’t start to cook at any point in time! For more news on how to shampoo your hair with eggs, watch this video.
Are free-range eggs better for the hair than the regular variety?
Since free-range eggs have lesser injected or artificial hormones, fewer chemicals, and lesser harmful additives, they have more benefits than the regular variety. However, while conventional eggs are an inexpensive way to treat the hair, ones from grass-fed hens may be a little more expensive. So look at your pocket, requirement and usage, before you decide.
Can eggs help get rid of hair lice?
While it hasn’t been proven, certain case studies do reveal that a hair mask of eggs and lime juice can be applied on the scalp, left in a shower cap for about an hour, and then washed off. This manages to get rid of the lice to a large extent, but not the nits.
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