We all know the value of a perfect sunny side up adorning our breakfast plates. Zooming in on the “sunny” part, it’s time we realize the magic an egg yolk can conjure on our strings of keratin, our hair. To be clear, egg whites are suitable for oily hair, while egg yolks work well for normal to dry hair.
How To Separate The Yolks
Separate the yolks from the whites by scooping them out using a spoon, strategically creating a small hole in the egg shell so that the yolk slips out first, or by placing the mouth of an empty bottle over the yolk to selectively suck it up (a gentle squeeze-and-release action will help).
Home Remedies Using Egg Yolks
1. Egg Yolk, Honey, And Olive Oil
Olive oil has been shown to promote hair growth.1 It’s also been used to provide body and sheen to hair for centuries. Honey, on the other hand, helps to lock in the moisture. Combined with egg yolk, these ingredients will keep your hair glossy, voluminous and sleek.
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Beat the egg yolks until they are frothy.
- Separately mix the honey and olive oil.
- Blend the egg yolks with the honey and olive oil mix.
- Massage the mix into your scalp and generously apply it on your tresses.
- Rinse your hair with cold water after an hour and a half.
2. Egg Yolk And Milk
Milk has been used to add shine into hair for years. Milk contains plenty of fats, proteins, as well as alpha hydroxy acids which can help exfoliate the scalp, remove debris and leave your hair softer.2 Not to mention, milk is said to make hair heavier which is often the secret behind keratin and smoothening treatments. In fact, milk is said to help straighten hair naturally. If you’re looking for smoother, sleeker hair, milk might be a good option for you.
- 2 egg yolks
- 3 tbsp milk
- Gently heat the milk. Preferably use milk that is high in fat.
- Add warmed milk to whisked egg yolks.
- Scrupulously apply this mix to your hair and scalp, focusing on the ends of your hair.
- Leave the mask on for 30 minutes.
- Rinse your hair with cold water.
3. Egg Yolk And Avocado
Avocado helps heal brittle dry hair. The good fats in avocado help rejuvenate your hair. Avocados contain Vitamin B and vitamin E which protect and strengthen hair. Vitamin B is essential for hair growth while vitamin E helps repair damage on the scalp, which may slow or prevent hair growth.
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- Puree the avocado and egg yolks until you obtain a lump-free consistency.
- Gently massage the mix into your scalp and hair for about 5 minutes.
- Leave the mask on to dry for 15-20 minutes.
- Use cold water to wash the mask off.
4. Egg Yolk And Yogurt
Yogurt has much of the same nutrients, proteins, and fats as milk. The cooling effect of yogurt helps with inflammation. If you have an oily scalp, yogurt can help balance out the fattiness of the yolks and prevent it from becoming overly greasy. Yogurt is also a popular remedy for getting rid of dandruff.
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 cup of yogurt
- Whisk the egg yolks and mix them with yogurt.
- Massage the mix into your scalp and hair, ensuring you get into even relatively inaccessible parts like toward the crown of your head.
- Leave the mask to dry for 15 minutes.
- Wash off with lukewarm water to get rid of the greasiness from yogurt.
5. Egg Yolk, Burdock Oil, And Honey
Burdock is a plant that is often used in traditional medicine. The plant is also a source of food in many parts of Asia. Burdock oil contains compounds called phytosterols which have been shown to increase hair growth.3 It’s also rich in essential fatty acids which can help condition a dry scalp and provide moisture.
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp burdock oil
- 3 tbsp honey
- Liquefy the oil, if required, by gently heating it.
- Mix the burdock oil and honey.
- Whisk the eggs yolks separately.
- Blend all the ingredients together to achieve a uniform consistency.
- Take small portions of dry hair and apply the mix on your hair strands. Massage the mix into your scalp for a couple of minutes.
- Allow the hair mask to dry for 30 minutes.
- Wash your hair with cold water.
Note: The volume of egg yolks and other ingredients you use to make the following hair masks ultimately depends on the length and volume of your hair. Standardize them through repeated application.
What’s In The Yolk That Benefits Your Hair?
The egg yolk is equipped with all the ammo needed to counterattack common, frustrating hair problems dryness, frizzing, split ends, dullness, weak hair, and so on.
- It contains vitamin A that stimulates sebum (oil) production, preventing your scalp from drying and dandruff.
- It also contains vitamin E that acts as a sunblock for your sun-exposed tresses.
- Vitamin D in the egg yolk improves the texture and shine of your hair.
- The fatty acid lecithin reduces frizz.
- Biotin (vitamin B7) renews hair roots and follicles.
- Yolks also contain sulfur which relieves dandruff symptoms.
Tips To Do It Right
- Wash your hair before applying the hair mask so that each ingredient in the mask can make direct contact with your skin and hair shafts.
- Select smaller eggs which are richer in nutrients
- Bring refrigerated eggs up to room temperature before using.
- Use a blender to mix the different ingredients to give you a clump-free consistency,
- Add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to cover up any egg odor.
- Apply oil-based hair masks on dry hair so that they can cling to your hair strands instead of slipping off. Apply water-based masks (like milk and yogurt) on damp hair.
- Focus on applying the mask to the tips of your strands as they are the most fragile parts of your hair.
- Heat helps the mask penetrate hair cuticles. Wear a heated shower cap, wrap a warm towel around your head, or gently blow dry or steam your hair after applying the mask. You can also gently heat ingredients like the milk or the oils.
- Wash off any mask anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour and a half. Any longer will make it hard to wash off.
- Hot water can cook the egg and leave lumps of cooked egg in your hair. Only use cold water to wash off.
- It is strongly advised that you shampoo and condition your hair after. This extra step ensures that your hair is completely clean and rid of the unpleasant egg smell.
- Choose a combination of ingredients that suits your hair. Avoid ingredients you may be allergic to.
- Wear old clothes when applying the mask.
- For best results, apply a mask at least once, weekly
- If you are short on time, you can use mayonnaise instead. Mayonnaise is a mix of egg yolks and emulsion oils – just what you need.
Egg yolks are full of the nutrition that your hair needs. They’re a great way to nourish your hair and give it that pick-me-up when it starts to look dull and lifeless.
|↑1||Tong, Tao, Nahyun Kim, and Taesun Park. “Topical application of oleuropein induces anagen hair growth in telogen mouse skin.” PloS one 10, no. 6 (2015): e0129578.|
|↑2||Pormsila, Worapan, Xiao Yang Gong, and Peter C. Hauser. “Determination of the enantiomers of α‐hydroxy‐and α‐amino acids in capillary electrophoresis with contactless conductivity detection.” Electrophoresis 31, no. 12 (2010): 2044-2048.|
|↑3||Cho, Young Hye, Sang Yeoup Lee, Dong Wook Jeong, Eun Jung Choi, Yun Jin Kim, Jeong Gyu Lee, Yu Hyeon Yi, and Hyeong Soo Cha. “Effect of pumpkin seed oil on hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 2014 (2014).|