After being rather unwell for the last month or so, my upkeep and self care has boiled down to bare minimum. Hate to say it, but when you’re feeling as rough as I was, there’s so little space to do the whole “I care about my hair looking good” vibe - amiright?
But, it’s cool. I’m getting my energy back so I’m thrilled to be enjoying more time on actionable self care, including this fantastic 3 ingredient all natural hair mask recipe.
If you want to add some nutrients to your hair, improve the condition and keep it sustainable while you do it; give this puppy a try. I love using masks like this because a) they're SUPER inexpensive and b) you can make them up on the spot - no needing to pop to the shops or use by a certain date.
The three ingredients are: eggs, coconut oil and honey. Chances are you already have those in your cupboard. If you’re missing any, you can quite easily just use any combination.
In this recipe I recommend whisking the eggs to soft peaks - best done with an electric stand or hand whisk to save the arm ache. I haven't seen this done elsewhere BUT find it's magic for application. Full disclosure that I have no idea if it impacts the nutrients but I can't imagine why it would.
Here are some of the benefits:
Eggs are packed with nutrients, including biotin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin D. The yolk can be especially useful on split ends, adding moisture and tackling brittleness. The white is known for strengthening, and balancing oils.
Coconut oil is great for adding shine and softness, it can also promote growth through supporting against protein loss.
NB: I personally tend to avoid coconut oil toward the root, as my hair is fine and I find it doesn’t always come out after just one wash.
Honey is great for soothing and balancing the scalp, having both anti-bacterial and healing properties. Honey also contains ascorbic acid, pantothenic acid, niacin and riboflavin; and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Whew.
2 Eggs (separate white and yolk)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon honey
Side note: for both the eggs and honey, I source these from local, small batch producers. This is a mega privilege and a choice I make for fairness and sustainability. It may be something you’d like to consider too.
Whisk the egg whites and honey into soft peaks - I’ve actually not seen this done elsewhere but I do find it dramatically improves application.
Combine egg yolks and melted coconut oil - make sure the coconut oil isn’t too hot, or you’ll cook the yolk.
Separate hair into sections, this will help you give even coverage.
In sections, apply the egg white mixture to your roots and half way down the length and the yolk mixture to the remainder of the length and the tips.
Leave for 10-20 minutes, then wash, dry and style as desired.
I usually see the benefits after just one use, but why not try it once a week for a month and see how your hair thanks you for it.
Let me know if you give it a go, or have any similar recipes for me to try yourself!