Excessive use of styling products, pollution and stress are to blame for frequent bad hair days. These culprits leave your hair frizzy, dull and damaged. And all of us know how frustrating it can be to manage frizzy hair. When your hair's hydration requirement is not met, it leads to frizzy hair. The hair cuticle opens up allowing the moisture from the hair to escape.
Dr Apratim Goel, laser surgeon and dermatologist, Cutis Skin Studio says eggs are the answer to all your hair problems. Dr Goel answers some frequently asked questions about the use of eggs for hair care and some easy-to-make hair masks using egg.
Since hair is made up of 70 per cent of a protein called keratin, using an ingredient rich in protein helps to rebuild damaged hair.
In case you are wondering which part of the egg is the most beneficial to your hair, that depends on your hair type.
Oily hair: Stick to egg whites. These help to control oil production and nourish your hair.
Dry hair: The yolk is high on fatty content so it works as a great conditioning agent for those with dry hair.
Normal/Combination hair: Go ahead and use the whole egg to reap the combined goodness of both the white and the yolk.
Dr Goel says, "Just like you would use shampoo, you can use eggs to wash your hair." Whip the egg part of your choice into a liquid and apply it to your hair. Let it sit for some time and then simply rinse it out with lukewarm water. You do not need to follow it up with a conditioner.
In case your hair is too frizzy, you can apply a leave-in conditioner after the wash. "Egg is rich in proteins, vitamins and fatty acids. All of these are essential for good hair health. It is, in fact, good to apply egg on your hair regularly," says Dr Goel.
What about the smell?
Simply add a hint of some citrus juice like lemon juice to the egg mask before applying it. This will overpower the egg's unpleasant smell.
Homemade Egg Hair Masks
For Growth (Normal and Combination Hair): Since eggs are an abundant source of proteins and nutrients, they boost hair growth and curb hair loss. Eggs stimulate your hair, scalp and strengthen the roots. To make this hair mask, you will need one whole egg or two if you have long hair and a tablespoon of olive oil. In a bowl, whisk both the ingredients well and then apply thoroughly. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Repeat this twice a week for best results.
For Dry Hair: Using an egg mask is the quickest natural way to add shine to your hair. The protein in the egg whites nourishes hair, leaving it with a healthy shine. To make your own egg mask for dry hair, you will need 2 egg yolks and a tablespoon of olive oil. Mix them well and apply the mixture on your hair and scalp. Wash it off after 20 minutes. Use this hair mask twice a week for noticeable results.
For Oily Hair: The protein in egg helps rebuild the keratin gaps in the structure of your hair to heal the damage. To make a DIY hair mask for oily hair, you will need 2 egg whites and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Mix the two ingredients well and rinse after 20 minutes. Use it once or twice a week.
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For Stronger Hair: If you wish to improve the elasticity of your hair and curb breakage, you should use egg-based hair masks regularly. Egg yolks are rich in lutein which helps hydrate your hair and improve its elasticity. It will help heal brittle hair, split ends and improve the texture of your hair. To make a quick hair mask, mix two eggs well in a bowl. Add a tablespoon of castor oil to this. Apply the mask on your scalp and hair and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash it off with a mild shampoo but refrain from using a conditioner.
To Prevent Hair Fall and Dandruff: If you're always battling hair fall and dandruff, this home remedy will come to your rescue. To make an anti-hair fall and anti-dandruff hair mask, beat an egg with 4 tablespoons of curd and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Apply this mask on your scalp using a brush. Leave it for an hour and rinse it off with some shampoo.
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