Egg & Mayo Conditioner for Black Hair

Give your hair a protein boost with a DIY treatment -- ingredients are right in the kitchen.

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Who would have thought that the very things black hair needs can be found right in your kitchen? When it comes to caring for your hair, kick expensive conditioners to the curb. Black hair needs lots of TLC, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend big bucks to provide it. If you have some eggs and mayonnaise – you’re golden.

Black Hair Texture

If you are an African-American woman, no one needs to tell you that your hair requires constant conditioning to give it sheen. Black hair can be coarse, brittle and prone to breakage. These intensify with the tightness of the curl. Even though your scalp produces plenty of sebum, your tight curls can prevent the oils from coating your hair evenly. This is where the eggs and mayonnaise come in.


All hair is made from keratin proteins. Black hair that is chemically straightened or exposed to styling tools is fragile and can experience a good deal of keratin breakage. Aside from steering clear of these damaging processes, a girl’s best bet is to help mend the broken protein bonds. A protein pack applied to the hair after washing can help. What’s a great source of protein? Egg whites. Separate two or three eggs and whip the egg whites in a small bowl. Apply the protein mix to your hair and leave for 15 minutes or so. Rinse away the eggs --and say hello to healthier hair.

Heavy Oils

When you mix egg yolks, vinegar and oil, you get mayonnaise. Black hair that looks dry and lifeless can get a quick pick-me-up from mayo oils when applied to freshly washed hair. Simply massage 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise into your damp locks and let it sit for 15 minutes or so. When you rinse the mayonnaise away, enjoy the sleek shine that it leaves behind.

Super Mix

Instead of applying the egg whites and mayonnaise to your hair separately, try mixing the two to create a super conditioner mix. Add two egg whites to 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise in a medium bowl. Whip the two together with a hand mixer and let the concoction sit until it reaches room temperature. Rub the mixture into your towel dried hair and let it sit for 15 minutes. For maximum benefit, you can even let it sit in your hair overnight under a plastic shower cap. Rinse it well the next morning to reveal a healthier head of hair.

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