How to Use Egg for Hair Growth

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Conditioning your hair with eggs enhances hair growth because eggs contain lots of protein. Hair is composed of 70 percent keratin protein, so egg protein helps rebuild damaged hair by filling in weakened spots along the hair strand, which temporarily strengthens the hair. Eggs contain a large amount of protein--ranging from 3.6 to 6.5 g per egg--which makes egg conditioning an intense protein treatment. Including egg conditioning in your hair regiment can help you maintain strong hair, which is essential for growth.

Preparation

Step 1

Break an egg and place the egg white and yolk into the bowl. Remove the chord-like structure of the egg from the bowl to avoid it getting tangled in your hair.

Step 2

Add 1 tbsp. olive oil. Mix the egg and the olive oil thoroughly with a fork.

Step 3

Place a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl until you are ready to use it.

Application

Step 1

Place the egg conditioner near in the bathroom for easy access. Wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to remove buildup from hair products and natural oils.

Step 2

Squeeze your hair of excess water. Place the towel on your hair to remove more water, but do not dry it completely.

Step 3

Apply the egg conditioner to every section of the hair. Concentrate on the ends of the hair strands if you have split ends.

Step 4

Place your hair in a shower cap. Allow the egg conditioner to sit on your hair for 10 to 20 minutes.

Step 5

Wash the egg conditioner out of your hair. Apply a moisturizing condition and let it sit on your hair for a few minutes. Wash the conditioner out of your hair and style it as usual.

Things You'll Need

  • Mixing bowl

  • Fork

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • Plastic wrap

  • Clarifying shampoo

  • Towel

  • Shower cap

  • Moisturizing conditioner

  • Leave-in moisturizer

Tip

Cleaning the hair with a clarifying shampoo strips the hair of gunk and buildup, which allows the egg protein to penetrate the hair strand easily. Other types of shampoos are acceptable, but clarifying shampoos present the best results. If your hair is prone to dryness, apply a leave-in conditioner at the end of the process.

Warning

Do not leave the egg conditioner in your hair for more than 20 minutes. Eggs contain a lot of protein, and leaving it on your hair for extended periods of time can cause the hair to dry out. Only condition the hair with eggs once a month. Egg conditioning is an intense protein treatment, and overuse can damage the hair.

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