Deep condition your hair for pennies per treatment!
Mayonnaise hair treatments first became popular in the 1950s as a cheap, effective alternative to deeply condition the hair. Today this method has been brought back as a more favorable method within herbal hair shampoos, hair rinses and the like as more people are becoming more environmentally and health conscience.
Our hair takes a beating daily from so many environmental factors such as wind, sun and of course the accumulation of commercial styling products such as gels, sprays, dyes and permanents. Many commercial products sold on the market today contain alcohol, and other unnatural ingredients which can be very drying and damaging to the hair follicles, let alone the environment.
If used often enough, over time, your hair will become visibly dryer, unmanageable and therefore severally damaged…Regular conditioning is a necessity!
A mayonnaise hair treatment conditioner remedy (used at least once a month, 2-3 times per month if severely damaged) will be able to help you protect the hair shaft from the heat and styling methods you have grown accustomed to. Save the excessive styling methods for special occasions!
Making Mayonnaise from scratch is not difficult, if you understand the method and process. The following recipe is for topical application to the hair only! It is not to be eaten internally. Since many recipes on the market are made for taste rather than application, the following provides a homemade remedy to be used for Mayonnaise Applied to Hair Only!
Understanding the Ingredients:
Egg Yolks: I stress the word yokes in this recipe to bring about a more consistent compound. The whites will only add to the dryness (Use Egg whites only if your hair is oily). Since food safety in this recipe is not an issue, the pasteurized quality really does not matter. If you have a local farmer who sells eggs at 50 cents/dozen (or an inexpensive price in your area), go ahead and use them. (If Vegan ~ See below for an alternative recipe without using eggs). If you are food conscience, just use the farmer’s eggs for your homemade remedies for topical use.
Eggs stored in their cartons will keep at refrigerator temperatures 4-5 weeks, but their freshness fades as time passes. Eggs lose carbon dioxide and water, which causes them to spread out more when they’re broken open. The yolk of an old egg will usually break into the white when the shell is cracked open, making separating the yolk from the white of old eggs a difficult, if not an impossible task.
Egg yolks are rich in amino acids and contain proteins that are helpful in providing nutrients to your hair making it smoother and more manageable. Egg yolks are commonly found in commercial hair shampoos and conditioners. The protein from the yolk will fill the gaps in the hair shaft, making the individual layer of the hair lie flat, giving the hair a fuller, shinier appearance. Raw eggs are a great treatment for thinning hair and receding hairline. Eggs reduce split ends and help detangle hair when used as a conditioner.
For large, grade A eggs, assume that:
- 12 yolks = 1 cup
- 12 whites = 1 2/3 cups
- 5 whole eggs = 1 cup
- 3 tablespoons whole scrambled eggs = 1 whole egg
- 1 tablespoon yolk + 2 tablespoons white = 1 whole egg
Oils: Many consumable mayo recipes require a ‘light’ olive oil or as an alternative, walnut or sweet almond oil (All three can be quite expensive if only to be used as a hair treatment). However, to use oils on the skin, choose light cold–pressed vegetable oils such as grapeseed, sweet almond or sunflower oil. For hair treatments choose a more penetrative oil, such as olive oil or jojoba. Where you need a slightly astringent oil, try hazelnut. Since this recipe will not be consumed internally and the fat content is not a factor internally, (however not all oils are soluble such as olive or sesame, whereas they are relatively insoluble in water), you will be able to compromise to diminish the costs. Pure olive oil is the most expensive, at least where I come from. Vegetable oils are the least expensive, however they do require additional rinsing due to their fat content and sometimes a shampoo or two (which of course defeats the purpose) to rid your hair of the “grease”. Your job is to choose a “middle oil”, not too cheap to cause excess washing, yet strong enough to provide a quality mayonnaise. First do your homework and TAKE notes. Use what you are familiar with and expand from there.
Lemon or Lime Juice: Lemon juice helps a dry scalp and gives a natural shine to the hair. A lot of recipes will call for the “juice of 1/2 lemon or 1 lime”. Much of the differences between lemon and lime is portrayed not in the juice itself, but rather in the actual skin. Depending upon how the citrus is juiced, and how much oil is extracted from the juice, the differences can be exaggerated. Limes tend to be a bit more bitter than lemons, and lemons are a bit more sour. Depending upon the variety, season, and age of the fruit, of course. Therefore Limes are more acidic and more potent then lemons. A word of caution however; when using citrus fruit on the hair, note that citrus fruits will “highlight” hair, or lighten it. Not too accommodating for brunettes or anyone else with dark hair color. Lemon/lime juice will lighten hair. By using lemons/limes in hair treatments, be aware that if you do not saturate each individual hair strand…you will end up with streaks!
By making a mayonnaise hair treatment from scratch, you will save money and also condition your hair free of any potentially harmful chemicals that can irritate the skin or scalp.
Homemade Mayonnaise Hair Recipe
Lightly beat an egg yolk in a large mixing bowl and drizzle in 1/2 cup of your oil of choice, along with 2 tsp of lemon juice. Using a hand mixer to whip it until it forms light foamy peaks. Apply to clean, freshly shampooed hair and massage through thoroughly. Cover with a plastic bag. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse and style as usual.
Adding other ingredients can enhance the conditioning effect of mayonnaise. Mixing a tablespoon or two of honey is a treatment for split ends. Rinsing with AVC will help with dandruff. Mash an avocado in to the mayonnaise to reap the benefits of vitamins and natural oils essential for well-balanced hair.
Basic Mayonnaise Recipe: Commercially bought
Forget what I have told you above…the fastest remedy for Mayonnaise and Hair Treatment is to buy a commercial mayo product and use ½ cup of the mixture, more if you have longer hair, and literally apply it to the scalp and particularly to the ends. Work into hair really well and then cover your hair with a plastic bag, allowing it to set for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.
Vegans: Recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise Without Eggs ~ For Consumption.
½ cup soft tofu
2 Tbsp wine vinegar
½ tsp powdered mustard
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp salt
¾ cup vegetable oil (See note above on oils)
Note: If using for Hair, you can leave out the mustard and salt since they are only added for taste.
Combine soft tofu, mustard, salt, wine vinegar and ¼ cup vegetable oil in a blender. Blend on low speed, and very slowly add the ¾ cup of oil. Transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate. Makes 1 ½ cups
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