You might have heard egg whites are good for hair, but what does that mean and how does it work? As it turns out, the proteins in egg whites are responsible for adding strength and shine to hair, as well as more volume and body. Egg white can be used in two different ways–as a styling tool or as a hair treatment–but whatever way you choose to use it, your locks will be healthy and shiny. Read on to learn more about why experts love egg white for hair.
A Brief History of Egg Whites and Hair
It’s hard to pinpoint the first time someone used egg whites for hair, but it seems to have been around since ancient Greece. The Greeks were known to use egg whites and olive oil as a hair mask. In fact, the first known recipe of what we know now as mayonnaise called for a mixture of eggs, vinegar, and olive oil.
How Do Egg Whites Work?
Egg whites are natural, inexpensive, and easy to find. There’s no need to worry about side effects or allergic reactions because they’re a natural product. Plus, they work great as a shampoo alternative. If you want your hair to be extra shiny and smooth, you can use egg whites as conditioner too.
What the Experts Say
Egg whites are a rich source of protein, which is essential to hair growth, says Dr. James Cotsarelis, dermatologist and head of the dermatology department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. There are also some studies that suggest sulfur in eggs can help with brittle hair.
A diet rich in protein may keep hair follicles healthy and increase hair thickness by supplying building blocks for growing, healthy cells.
How to Use Egg Whites on Your Hair
Egg whites are a great way to add protein, hydration and shine to your hair. You can use egg whites on your hair to clean your strands
-Separate the yolk from the white (you can save the yolk for cooking). Beat the egg white in a bowl with a fork or whisk until it is frothy. -Wet your hair. Pour some egg white onto your hands and distribute through your hair in an even layer.
Recipes for Egg White Masks
Here are 5 egg white recipes to get you started:
- One egg white
- 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons of honey
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon of lemon extract
- 2 drops peppermint essential oil
- 2 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera
- Juice from one whole lemon
- One bowl or mug