By: Essence Gant
In my last blog post I told you that I would try out the egg hydration treatment. Well, like a good woman I kept my word, even if it meant enduring 15 minutes of an eggy aroma. The recipe was:
1. Beat 2 eggs
2. Add 2 tbsp. lemon juice
3. Add 2 tsp. olive oil or almond oil
4. Mix well
5. Apply on hair and scalp
6. Gently massage the scalp
7. Leave it for 15 min
8. Wash hair with a mild shampoo
I understood mixing in olive or almond oil because we always read the benefits of those kitchen staples on our hair. The eggs and lemon, however, through me off initially so I did a little research on their hair benefits before saturating my ‘fro with them. I found that eggs contain vitamins and proteins that work to strengthen and moisturize hair. Crunchy Betty indicates that egg yolks are packed with vitamins A, D and E and fatty acids. The acidity of lemons, according to Neno Natural, alleviates dandruff and helps seal the cuticle layer which helps trap in moisture. You should probably note though that lemons also contain a compound called limonene and it lightens the hair in sunshine. Because of that, I would only use this treatment in the fall and winter and find an alternative in the spring and summer—unless I wanted to lighten my hair.
So, after web browsing, I figured the recipe was safe enough to try so I got to mixing. I used olive oil because that’s what I had in my kitchen. I know the recipe says apply and then shampoo, but I actually did a gentle shampoo first, just to clear any buildup, and then I applied the egg/lemon/olive oil stuff. The thought of putting egg on top of dirty hair grossed me out. After it sat for 15 minutes, I washed it out with cold water and shampoo. I read on quite a few sites that washing an egg product out of your hair with hot water can actually cook the egg, so I went with cold to prevent pieces of scrambled chick in my strands. After I rinsed it, I waited before applying my leave-in conditioner because I really wanted to see the aftermath of my little experiment. I must admit that my natural did feel a lot smoother. I was actually quite surprised at how soft my curls were and even a little more defined than usual. Afterwards, I applied my leave-in. My hair is always soft after the leave-in, but I noticed that it was a lot softer with the added egg treatment steo. I could see how using this over time would definitely help with moisture.
Overall, I really loved the way the formula made my hair feel. It doesn’t smell bad when you’re making it, but after applying it and letting it sit on your hair for a few minutes you start to smell it. It’s not horrid beyond tolerance, but if you’re sensitive to smells like me, you may find yourself winching your nose a few times. Covering the hair with a plastic cap will probably help block the smell though and even help the treatment to penetrate deeper. Wish I had thought of that for myself. Oh well; still very pleased with the results!
Let me know how you like this remedy for dry winter hair!