How to Make a DIY Moisturizing Hair Mask (With An Egg!)
Tired of wasting money on ineffective and expensive hair products to fix your dull, dry hair? We’ve got you covered. All you need for this moisturizing, natural hair treatment are three ingredients, 30 minutes, and an open mind.
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Expensive beauty aisle be damned! You can whip up this moisturizing and strengthening 3-ingredient hair mask with cheap ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. So what makes it so effective? Each ingredient has a job to do. Here’s how it works:
- Egg: The incredible edible egg is kind of a superstar when it comes to hair care: The fatty, protein-rich yolk infuses dry and damaged strands with a megadose of moisture, while the white cleanses your scalp of excess oils. This recipe calls for a whole raw egg, but you can adjust it to meet your needs (use just the yolk for super dry hair or just the white for super oily hair).
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is chock-full fatty acids that make your hair soft and shiny. Plus, if it’s long and luxurious locks you’re after, some believe the lauric acid found in the oil removes excess sebum from the scalp and stimulates hair growth.
- Olive Oil: A haircare staple for thousands of years, olive oil is a time-tested moisturizing powerhouse. Olive oil is rich in emollients (like oleic acid, palmitic acid, and squalene) that strengthen and soften by penetrating the hair shaft.
Moisturizing Egg Mask Recipe
There are a couple important things to keep in mind when using this hair mask:
- Raw eggs may contain salmonella, which is a dangerous pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious food poisoning. Salmonella is not something you want to mess around with—make sure to wash up thoroughly after handling raw eggs. Keep this mask confined to your mixing bowl and your hair. Try not to splash it around while you’re working. If you do accidentally make a mess, clean it up (and disinfect the area) ASAP.
- Use cool water when it’s time to rinse. If the water’s too hot, you could end up with a head full of cooked eggs. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
What You’ll Need
- 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 raw egg
- Mix ingredients in a bowl. If the eggy scent is a bit too much for you, add a drop or two of lemon juice to counteract the smell.
- Apply to wet or damp hair. A paint brush might make this process a bit easier (and less messy).
- Let sit for 30 minutes, then thoroughly rinse with cool water. Make sure to disinfect any area that came in contact with the raw egg.
- Style as usual. Enjoy your newly soft and shiny locks!