How to Make a Mayonnaise Hair Mask

Mayonnaise makes an excellent deep-conditioning hair treatment—who knew? Learn about the benefits of this DIY at-home beauty ritual, plus how you to make your own mayonnaise hair mask.

Do you have fine, brittle or chemically damaged hair? Eating the right foods for healthy hair can only do so much. You’ve likely tried a handful of pricey products and treatments that may have left your hair feeling greasy and heavy or yielded minimal results. To find your tresses’ new BFF, look no further than your refrigerator!

Add this natural, inexpensive deep conditioning egg and mayonnaise hair mask to your beauty regimen once or twice a week for optimal results.

What Does Mayonnaise Do to Your Hair?

Mayonnaise, when used as a hair mask, adds shine and strengthens hair from root to tip. The main ingredients in mayonnaise are egg and oil. The high amount of protein in eggs helps strengthen and thicken hair follicles. Olive and canola oils deeply moisturize hair.

The healthy properties of mayonnaise also promote hair growth and reverse damage from heat and coloring.

How Do You Make a Mayonnaise Hair Mask?

Here’s What You Need:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg

(Pro Tip: Select a mayo with no added spices or flavorings. You can also make your own!)

Step 1: Create the mask

In a small container, thoroughly whisk together the mayonnaise and egg. Mix well! This should create a creamy purée.

Step 2: Coat your hair

Completely coat your hair from root to end with the mixture. Then, cover your hair with a plastic shower cap and wait for at least 30 minutes.

See what other magic you can work with mayo!

Step 3: Rinse

Step in the shower and thoroughly wash out the mask with lukewarm water. Cleanse your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and then condition as you normally would.

Can I Leave Mayonnaise in My Hair Overnight?

Absolutely! In fact, the longer you leave the mayo mask in your hair, the more effective the results may be. Before you hit the pillow, place a shower cap over your hair or wrap it in a soft terry towel. In the morning, wash out the mask to reveal soft, smooth locks!

For a high-quality store-bought mayonnaise hair mask, we recommend treating your locks to Haeyo Mayo ($16). It’s made with macadamia seed oil and egg yolk extract to keep locks shiny and healthy.

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