The natural hair community has long used eggs in homemade hair treatments to benefit from the number of great things that come from both the yolk and the white.

Egg whites contain lutein, which is known for naturally improving skin and hair's appearance and luster. It is like a natural curl-forming ingredient to enhance your natural texture, especially after breakage or while transitioning. They work deep in the pores of your scalp to alleviate that dry, itchy feeling and firm the follicles.

There are three vitamins in egg yolks that are also quite beneficial for hair and bodies: vitamins A, E, and D. The vitamin A component helps to promote growth, stop dandruff and nourish the scalp. Vitamin E works to protect hair from damaging UV rays and other environmental factors that could otherwise cause hair damage. Vitamin D helps to improve the texture and the shine of your hair.

3 ways to use eggs in your hair

Egg yolk & honey masque

  • You need: 1 egg yolk (determine if you need a whole yolk or less based on your hair length and thickness), 3 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons olive oil, optional- yogurt.
  1. Beat the yolk thoroughly then add and mix in the other ingredients.
  2. Apply the mixture to your hair and scalp by gently massaging it in. 
  3. Leave it on for 1.5 hours. 
  4. Wash thoroughly with cool water and style as usual.

Egg & coconut masque

  • You need: 1 large egg yolk, 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted), 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Mix the honey and coconut oil together until they combine then whisk your yolk and add to the honey mixture.
  2. Add the combined mixture to dry hair and scalp, throughout your hair.
  3. Put a shower cap on over your hair and leave it on overnight, or for as long as you can.
  4. Wash well with warm water and avoid shampooing if you can--dry and style as usual.
  5. On dry hair, try mixing one egg with a cup of skim milk and leaving it in your hair for 30 minutes to an hour, then shampoo.

Egg white curl definer

Lisa P. (pictured above) shared this curl defining recipe on the blog The Dating Divas. She uses egg whites and a little bit of gel to define her wavy curls. We've also seen CurlTalkers burgundy_locks and Sweet Curly use eggs as a natural curly hair styler as well.

  1. Break two egg whites (no yolks) into a bowl.
  2. Bring the bowl into your shower but be careful to not get water in the bowl.
  3. Detangle and condition your hair as normal.
  4. Turn off the water and spread the egg whites throughout your hair (it may be messy, but that’s ok). Scrunch the whites into your hair, in even sections.
  5. Towel dry your hair. Note: If your curls look crunchy, that’s where your diffuser comes in. Use it carefully to dry up to 50-70% more of your hair and your curls will appear super defined and hydrated.
  6. For extra hold, you can add a gel on top of the egg whites.

But does it smell?

The first two recipes are masques that you will wash out, so the smell will be gone once you wash and rinse the masque out. The third recipe only uses the egg whites, not the yolks. When breaking your egg make sure that none of the yolk falls in the bowl, this will keep your curl definer odor-free.