Olive oil is used widely in natural hair masks and many hair care products because it makes an excellent ingredient for hair treatment. But imagine combining it with the proteins, vitamins and fatty acids of an egg. This egg and olive oil hair mask will promote the health of the scalp and will give shine to dull hair.
Conditioning your hair with eggs promotes hair growth because eggs contain a lot of proteins.
Keratin is a protein which is the essential part of the hair shaft, therefore proteins help maintain strong hair and prevent hair breakage. Egg hair masks also help restore the natural oils of the scalp.
Pre-poo egg & olive oil hair mask.
Health & shine for all hair types!
For normal hair: use 2 whole eggs
For dry and damaged hair: use the 2 egg yolks and 1 egg white
For oily hair: use only the 2 egg whites
1. Egg white for hair:
Contains most of the egg’s proteins and it helps greasy scalp conditions by regulating over secretion of sebum (hair’s natural oils).
2. Egg yolk for hair:
Contains mostly fatty acids, minerals such as iron, zinc, selenium, calcium and all vitamins (except vitamin C) and it helps dry damaged hair by moisturizing it.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup (250ml) of water
- 2 eggs (take the parts that are good for your hair type)
- Mix the eggs (room temperature) and the olive oil with a whisk or a fork into a bowl. Then pour a cup of water into the mixture and continue to mix it until all the ingredients are combined.
- You could also heat it up slightly using the double boiler method or by simply using a saucepan. Be careful of the heat, you don’t want to make an omelet! You only want to warm it up a little to help the penetration into the hair shaft.
- Then pour the mixture on the scalp with an applicator or a hair dye brush and massage gently with circular moves. If you choose not to use water in the mixture, you can even dip your fingertips in the bowl. If you heat up the mixture be careful not to burn your scalp and fingers of course!
- Use the rest of the mixture to coat the hair.
- Make a loose bun and cover the scalp and hair with a shower cap. If you like put on top a warm towel to seal the warmth.
- Wait for 20 min.
- First use shampoo without water on the scalp to dissolve the mixture more easily and then add water as usual to remove it.
- You will probably need to shampoo twice or more. It depends on your hair type and length. Don’t use very hot water to rinse, because it dehydrates the hair.
- For damaged hair use it as an intensive treatment once a week for a couple of months. Otherwise 1-2 times per month is sufficient.
Notes on the egg and olive oil hair mask:
- The quantity is for medium to long length hair.
- For short hair use half of the portions mentioned.
- For long thick hair add one more tbsp olive oil.
- If you end up with more of the mixture than you need, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use it within a week.
- Use half of the mixture on the scalp and use the other half for covering the lengths of the hair.
- Using water in the mixture it will make the consistency more fluid. Therefore, if you don’t want the mixture to be watery, just spray your hair with water before applying the olive oil-egg blend.
- Wear old clothes and use old towels. It’s also a good idea to cover the floor with towels.
- Don’t leave it more than 20-30min. because it will make it harder to remove.
- Don’t use eggs or olive oil if you know you are allergic. If you notice any allergic reaction like rashes, swelling or any other respiratory reaction, wash your hair at once and consult your doctor.
Well, I have normal to dry hair so I used the whole egg. I heated it up a little bit and then applied the lukewarm mixture on my scalp and hair. I have to admit it didn’t smell nice. But I held my nose and went for it!
My hair felt quite soft afterwards.
What can you do? It’s so good for the hair! Don’t worry it won’t smell that bad after shampooing and your hair has dried.
Of course, there are always some solutions if you really can’t stand the smell during application, while shampooing or rinsing your hair!
3 ideas to combat the annoying smell of the egg and olive oil hair mask:
A) You could add some drops of essential oil in the mixture. If you heat the mixture add the essential oil drops afterwards.
For adults the dilution is usual 2%, which means 2 drops of essential oil into 1 tsp (5ml) of carrier oil. So 10-12 drops of essential oil is pretty fine for 2 tbsp (30ml) of olive oil.
Essential oil suggestions to use in your egg and olive oil hair mask:
Don’t use essential oils without consulting your doctor or pharmacist first. Especially if it’s meant for a child, elderly or if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, you are on medication, have health problems, have sensitive skin or allergies. It’s important! And always do a skin patch test.
B) You could also choose a shampoo with a strong aroma or pour essential oils in your shampoo to enhance its aroma. Use 2-3 drops of the essential oil of your choice per 1 tbsp of shampoo.
C) After shampooing you could have a rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted with water. It’s best to use organic apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered.
A safe dilution is 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a 1 cup (250ml) of water. But you might need to adjust it; for dry hair use less and for oily hair add more apple cider vinegar.
Leave it for just a few minutes on your hair and scalp and then rinse with water. It will take away the stinky smell of the egg and olive oil hair mask. As your hair dries the smell of apple cider vinegar will go away too.
NOTE: some people use 1 part of ACV with 3 parts of water and others mix equal quantities.
To tell you the truth egg hair masks aren’t my favorite, but sometimes I just bite the bullet! Hair beauty and health worth some sacrifice, right?
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How do you feel about using eggs as pre-poo hair treatment?
To You With Love.