Can eating eggs improve the condition of your hair?
It all started a couple of weeks ago when I was holiday. Before I left, my hair was dull, limp, lifeless, everything the L’Oreal advert suggests is ‘terrible’, a crime against humanity, and I blamed my numerous bad hair days on the endless packs of bleach I’ve dragged through my hair on a number of occasions.
Whilst on holiday, I noticed a clear difference. My hair was now beginning to be full of life, healthy, conditioned, smooth and silky; everything the L’Oreal advert suggests is ‘fantastic’, for the good of humanity. It was a remarkable difference to how it had been just a couple of days before, and despite me putting my hair through its limits, going in the very salty sea, then leaving it to dry before vigorously washing it afterwards, jumping hair first into the chlorinated pool, and allowing it to fizzle under the heat of the sun and, of course, my GHDs, it still remained in spic and span condition. I was amazed.
How on earth could something which came out of a chicken’s bottom improve the health of your hair?
One thing that had been different since I’d been away, however, was my diet. Whilst I’d not been eating the healthiest foods in the world, an array of fried chicken and kebabs tempting me every mealtime, I had begun eating a boiled egg every morning for my breakfast. At home, an egg, boiled or otherwise, would hardly ever be on the menu unless I was particularly hungry or had 7 mins on my hands to cook the damn thing. Could this really be the secret behind my new glossy locks?
I had heard before the practice of washing eggs through your hair to condition it, a method dating back to the 1940s, but I always saw it as an old wives tale which merely resulted in scrambled egg in your shower. But on womansday.com, Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home claims that “the yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removing unwanted oils”. How on earth could something which came out of a chicken’s bottom improve the health of your hair? This led me to google the question ‘Can eating eggs improve the condition of your hair?’ Here is what I found.
The vitamin B helps to condition the scalp, resulting in healthier hair, and the iron carries blood to the scalp resulting in faster hair growth.
I’m not a scientific person in any way, shape or form, but even I found the results interesting. Most of you will know that eggs are rich in protein, like most animal products, and it’s this protein which works to fill in the weak spots of the keratin protein in your hair follicles. The vitamin B helps to condition the scalp, resulting in healthier hair, and the iron carries blood to the scalp resulting in faster hair growth.
So my thesis is true, apparently. Who would have thought it? Other food which are also great for your hair are salmon, nuts like almonds, chicken and turkey, as well as green, leafy vegetables for the protein, and the vitamin C in fruit makes collagen, also good for the skin.
Therefore, in answer to my question “Can eating eggs improve the condition of my hair?” a big fat ‘yes’. So grab yourself a pan and boil a couple of eggs. You’re worth it!