Egg whites (also known as albumen) contain most of the protein in the egg, while the yolk contains the fat. Egg whites are complete proteins which contain all the essential amino acids. Protein is essential in our diets, as it’s used by the body to build, maintain and replace tissues in your body – that includes your hair.

1. Egg white protein encourages healthy hair

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Hair shafts consist of three layers – the medulla, the cortex and the cuticle. The cortex is the middle layer, and provides the hair’s strength, color and texture. The shaft itself is largely made up of keratin, which is a fibrous protein – your nails are also made of keratin.

Eating a diet rich in protein means you’re giving your body and hair what it needs to be strong and healthy.

The cortex and cuticle can be strengthened and smoothed when you eat the right amount of protein. Research has shown that women who don’t eat enough protein can suffer from thinning hair, hair fragility and hair loss. Heat-styling appliances and chemicals in gels and sprays can also contribute to protein loss.

2. How to make an egg white hair mask

Some people claim that egg white masks cleanse their scalp of dandruff, removes excess oils, encourages hair growth and strengthens hair. The egg white can be beaten and used on its own, or you can combine it with another nourishing oil, such as coconut oil.

Separate the yolk from the egg, and add two tablespoons of coconut oil to the whites. Whisk together until they’re blended, and apply the mixture to damp hair, from roots to tips.

Comb the mixture through your hair to ensure an even coating, and leave it to soak in for 20 minutes. Shampoo the mixture out of your hair with cool water. Don’t use warm or hot water, or you may end up with cooked egg whites on your hair!

There is no danger from Salmonella when you use egg whites in this way, but if you’re allergic to eggs you shouldn’t apply this hair mask.

Eggs are quite cheap compared to a lot of brand-name shampoos and conditioners, and many people swear by home remedies such as these. The only way to find out if there’s a difference in your hair is fo you to try an egg white mask out and see what you think.