I used to feel like my hair was up for anything when I was a teenager. I remember the first time I dyed it. I was about 13. Cool-aide. Red. It didn’t look good, let’s just put it that way. I didn’t mind though, I was just thrilled to be able to experiment with it. As I got older, playing with it became more damaging. I dyed it a few times, used a hair-dryer almost daily, I used an iron on it, (no not a hair-straightener) like an actual iron. Once I got a hair-straightener…it became my best friend. I used a curling iron, I used hot rollers, you name it. My poor hair. Needless to say, today it is not what it used to be. I originally turned to expensive, chemical-filled products only to find that for a week it was soft and silky again but in a month, it was worse than before. Little did I know that what I needed was inexpensive, delicious, and sitting in my fridge. An egg.
Let me tell you about the power of one little egg. An egg is packed with protein, something absolutely essential to hair growth since our hair is basically made up of it. Other nutrients inside an egg? Vitamins A, D, E, sulfur, zinc, iron, selenium, and more. All these things are being put into your hair and scalp when you make an egg mask. When done regularly it will help it grow faster, it will cut down your split ends, and it will provide your hair with shine, softness, and luster.
When you make your mask, be sure to use only the egg yolk. The egg whites actually dry out your hair a bit, especially if left on too long. I have tried doing both so trust me, it is the yolk you want. The yolk is filled with fatty acids which help condition and smooth the hair. Be sure to save the egg whites, because the whites can be used for something else and it is better kill two birds with one stone, or egg in this case, than waste nutrients. I will tell you what to do with the whites in a second.
You can use the yolk alone, or you can combine it with things like olive oil or avocado to provide your hair with even more conditioning. If you want to use it alone, simply beat the egg and then massage it into your scalp and hair. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes and then shampoo. When you are rinsing be sure to use cool to lukewarm water or (this is important) it will start to cook in your hair. Got that? No hot water or you will smell like an omelet.
Now, for the whites. The incredible, edible egg has multiple functions. While you are beautifying your hair, you can be simultaneously beautifying your skin. The whites make a great, natural pore minimizer. Wash your face and then apply a thin layer of egg-whites all over the surface of your skin. Wait about twenty minutes and then rinse off. You will find your skin feeling fresh and looking fantastic.
The best part of this all natural two-in-one mask? Side effects include: nothing.
Photo Credit: Flickr/Stacey Spensley