A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #23: Homemade Protein Hair Mask

Image by jefras a.k.a Joăo Estęvăo A. de Freitas via Wikimedia Commons

If you followed Tip #22 and made your own DIY skin-tightening face mask with egg whites and lemon, you might be wondering… what do you do with the leftover egg yolks?

One option, of course, is to eat them. Scramble them up or toss ’em into a protein shake.

But if you’re already taking care of your skin, why not take care of your hair, too?

An incredibly easy way to add strength and shine to your hair is with an egg yolk mask! If your hair is short, you can use one egg yolk for your whole head. If your hair is long, use the yolk on just the ends, or use more than one yolk to cover your whole head.

The proteins in the egg yolk will help to strengthen your locks and add incredible shine.

You can leave the mask on for as long as you like. But if you’re doing the egg white and lemon face mask at the same time, you’ll probably be ready to rinse it out after 15 minutes.

It sounds a little odd to be covered totally in egg, but once you’ve tried it, you might never go back to conventional hair or skin treatments!

Stuff to Know:

  • Spot test any products or ingredients before using any homemade products on your face, head, or body, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to irritation and/or allergies.
  • Use this mask right after you make it. Do not store it or save it for later.
Image by Henningklevjer via Wikimedia Commons

Egg Yolk Hair Mask


  • 1 egg yolk (use 2 or more for long hair if you want to cover your entire head)

Steps to Make:

  • In a small bowl, whisk the yolk until it’s fluffy.

To Use:

  1. Use on clean and dry hair.
  2. With your fingers or a pastry brush, apply the yolk in a thin layer to the ends of your hair. Fully coat the ends in the yolk. Work the yolk from the ends of your hair toward your scalp, until your hair is covered.
  3. Tie up long hair in a plastic clip to avoid yolk dripping everywhere.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic shower cap or wrap it in plastic wrap.
  5. Leave on for 15-45 minutes.
  6. Rinse well with temperate water.
  7. Shampoo as usual. You should not need extra conditioner after this mask. However, if your hair is extremely dry, you might want to add a small amount of conditioner to the very ends of your hair after shampooing.
  8. Squeeze out excess water and style as usual.

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Questions for readers:

Do you use a hair mask? 

Do you ever use food products on your hair?

4 thoughts on “A Year of Natural Health & Beauty Tip #23: Homemade Protein Hair Mask

  1. I’ve applied 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon honey, and left it on for an hour.  I did this twice in one week since my hair cuticles are terribly frayed & don’t lie flat.  The second application is when I noticed a difference.  My hair wasn’t as frizzy and looked better, however, both times I’ve used it my hair was not contitioned at all afterwards.  It wasn’t as easy to comb, some snarls, and it didnt feel soft at all.  I used so much conditioner in the shower on my hair because I knew it needed a lot.  Why do so many claim it makes their hair silky, soft and tangle free?  It does not!  It only repairs it, which is good enough for me.

    1. Well, everybody’s hair is different! It definitely makes mine soft and silky, but my hair might be a different texture than yours 🙂 Happy to hear it helps repair, though!

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