Maintaining healthy hair is becoming almost impossible today, thanks to high stress, pollution, and poor dietary choices. Expensive hair salons are not doing any good, either. Their chemical treatments and styling rip off good proteins from our hair shaft, damaging it in the long run.
And that’s where eggs enter the picture. Eggs have been traditionally considered an excellent natural ingredient for hair maintenance. Whether directly applied to the hair or consuming it, it has been proven to offer several beauty benefits for hair.
Benefits of egg for hair growth
Eggs are rightly called the superfood for hair. They comprise rich nutrients, including a whole range of vitamins and minerals, vital to keeping our hair healthy and nourished.
Vitamins B1, B2 and B5 in eggs help in hair flexibility and strength. Vitamin B7 or biotin triggers hair growth, while Vitamin B9 helps prevent greying of hair. Eggs are packed with proteins, and their direct application to the hair helps replenish the lost proteins resulting in stronger and healthier hair.
Interestingly, it is not just the hair but the scalp too that needs eggs to be healthy. The topical application of eggs to the scalp enables the hair follicles to absorb crucial vitamins, proteins and minerals, thus ensuring stronger hair roots.
Here are some ways how eggs benefit our hair:
Heals damaged hair: The egg proteins help repair damaged keratin gaps in our hair structure, thus healing hair damage.
Promote hair growth: The abundance of proteins, vitamins and minerals in eggs restores the nutrient levels in the hair, thus boosting the rate at which our hair grows.
Prevents hair loss: Using the egg directly to our hair stimulates the scalp resulting in stronger hair roots.
Arrests hair breakage: Eggs restore brittle hair, controls hair breakage, and prevent split ends in our hair.
Improves hair elasticity: Biotin in eggs hydrates the roots of our hair, thus improving hair elasticity.
Prevents dandruff: Variation in pH levels in the scalp results in greasy hair that triggers dandruff. Eggs help restore healthy pH levels in the scalp, thus preventing flakes and dandruff in our hair.
Benefits of egg yolk for hair growth
The egg yolk contains healthy fats that enable natural hair moisturizing, making it look shiny and healthy. It is a rich source of biotin essential for cell growth and producing fatty acids necessary for maintaining healthy hair.
In addition, egg yolk contains antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin that protect our hair from damage caused by UV rays, pollution, and other environmental factors.
Effective hair moisturizer: The healthy fats in the egg yolk act as a natural moisturizer, especially for dry hair, making them healthy and shiny.
Triggers hair growth: Topical application of egg yolk to the scalp ensures that its vitamins get directly absorbed by our hair roots. It speeds up hair growth and also arrests breakage and shedding.
Benefits of egg white for hair growth
In addition to proteins, egg whites comprise a range of minerals, including potassium, magnesium, sodium, riboflavin and niacin – all essential nutrients that aid our hair growth. Egg whites are especially beneficial for people with oily hair as it helps control oil production on the scalp.
Restore damaged hair: Egg whites contain albumin, a protein that helps to strengthen and repair damaged hair follicles.
Enhances keratin production: Egg whites are also a good source of sulfur, which is necessary for keratin production. Keratin is the protein that makes up our hair, skin, and nails. Sulfur also helps improve blood circulation to the scalp, promoting hair growth.
Egg white for dandruff
The white part of eggs is an effective cleanser and neutralizer of dandruff. It helps in removing excess oil, grease and dirt from our hair, thus allowing the enzymes to act on the bacteria there.
Most often, dirt and dead skin trigger dandruff in our hair. The natural cleansing property of egg whites thus prevents dandruff. When used as a hair mask, the results are noticeable within weeks.
If you are battling dandruff, check out the below hair mask that you can prepare using home ingredients.
Egg white-lemon hair mask
- Mix egg whites from two eggs and three tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to create a loose paste, and apply evenly across your scalp.
- Wash with shampoo after 15-20 minutes with cold water.
Egg masks for hair growth
Eggs mixed with other natural ingredients to prepare hair masks often delivers better results in managing hair of all types. Here are three simple yet effective hair masks you can try at home at your convenience.
Olive oil-Egg yolk hair mask for dry hair
- Whisk two egg yolks with one tablespoon of olive oil to create a smooth paste.
- Apply the paste onto your hair, covering the scalp and hair completely.
- Leave for 20 minutes before washing it with cold water.
- Shampoo thoroughly and dry as usual.
- Repeat for eight straight weeks for the best results.
Curd–Egg hair mask for damaged hair
- Mix one cup of curd and one egg thoroughly to make a paste.
- Apply the paste onto your hair right from the root to the tip.
- Leave for 30 minutes. Use a shower cap to avoid spillage.
- Wash thoroughly with cold water only. Use a good conditioner to manage the smell.
- Repeat weekly for six straight weeks for best results.
Coconut oil–Egg hair mask for hair growth
- Thoroughly mix one egg and one tablespoon of coconut oil into a smooth paste.
- Cover the full hair with this paste and leave it for about 20 minutes.
- Wash the hair thoroughly with cool water only.
- Shampoo the hair and allow it to air dry.
- Repeat every week for three months.
Recipes for healthy hair
In addition to the external application, eggs should be added to our diet, enabling
reinforcement of nutrients from the inside for stronger, healthier hair. Here are some exciting egg recipes that you should consider:
Eggs, chopped green chilies, chopped onions, chopped coriander, tomato ketchup, chaat masala, salt
- Boil eggs and cut each into two halves.
- Mix chopped green chilies, onions, tomato ketchup, chaat masala, and salt in a bowl.
- Add the boiled egg pieces and toss gently, ensuring the eggs don’t break.
- Sprinkle chopped coriander on top and serve.
Chappati/paratha, eggs, chopped onions, chopped green chilies, chopped tomatoes, salt, chaat masala, tomato ketchup, ghee
- Sauté chopped onions, chopped green chillies and chopped tomatoes in a hollow pan and add salt to taste.
- Mix eggs into the pan and stir continuously for 5 minutes on high flame till the mixture is well-cooked.
- Take the chappati/paratha and spoon the above mixture at the center of it.
- Sprinkle some chaat masala on the mix, and squeeze some tomato ketchup on top.
- Fashion it into a roll.
Using eggs on our hair is among the most natural and efficient ways to have shiny and healthy hair. However, it calls for patience and persistence, just like other natural ingredients for beauty care.
But considering the twin benefits of zero-risk to the hair and its cost-effectiveness, eggs remain the most popular choice that we bank on for strong and well-nourished hair.
The fact that proteins in eggs are equally divided between egg yolk and egg white tells us why both are nutrient-rich and thus equally important for our hair.
Eggs are one of the safest ingredients for consumption and topical application unless you have a history of egg allergy. When directly applying to the hair, use a shower cap to avoid spillage onto your eyes and ears.