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Scrambled or sunny side up? Regardless of how you like your eggs, the yolks can give your hair a shiny, silky texture and help strengthen weak locks. Eggs aren't the only kitchen remedy that packs major conditioning. Mayonnaise, the egg-based condiment, works wonders when you need to hydrate your dry, damaged curls. Mayo smooths frizz and adds major shine, but as much as you might love the effects of your favorite kitchen remedies, overuse can result in less than stellar results.
Everyday Use of Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise is filled with oils that help soften your hair and make it shiny. Plus, it also contains eggs, which are packed with protein that helps strengthen hair. The only problem is that mayonnaise is heavy, like any deep conditioner. “Yes, mayonnaise is rich in fatty oils that are known to condition hair, but it will also weigh it down,” stylist Jason Backe told "Woman's Day." Because of this, avoid daily use of mayonnaise. If you have thin, fine hair, steer clear of it all together.
Overnight Treatment of Mayonnaise
An overnight treatment using mayonnaise can be effective, but only if used sparingly. Hair stylist Marc Townsend told "Allure" that any deep conditioner should not be used more than once a week or overnight to repair extreme damage. To use mayonnaise as a deep conditioner, apply it to your hair before bed and cover it with a shower cap. In the morning, it will take a little elbow grease to wash it all out, but your hair will be shiny and smooth. This treatment works best on a weekend where you're not going anywhere in case it does weigh your hair down or leave a film.
Every Day Use of Eggs
If you have extra dry, damaged hair and dandruff that your anti-dandruff shampoo can't kick, you might want to use eggs each time your dandruff flairs up. This could range from every time you wash your hair to twice a week or during the driest of winter days. For a homemade anti-dandruff treatment that you can pair with your normal shampoo and conditioner, take one egg and mix it with a couple of drops of lemon juice. Beat the mixture until it's frothy and put it into a squeeze bottle. Apply it all over your hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, wash and rinse as you normally would. However, don't use hot water or you'll end up with scrambled eggs in your hair.
Egg Conditioning Hair Mask
Eggs are filled with protein and protein is necessary to have healthy hair. When applied to your hair, the protein from eggs can strengthen strands and reduce frizz. But, like any conditioner, it can weigh hair down and leave it limp. According to the Daily Glow website, using an egg hair mask once a week is OK if you have severely damaged hair, but most women find that once a month is enough to leave their hair looking shiny and healthy.