If your hair is dry, damaged, brittle, or over-processed, why not try a homemade deep-conditioning treatment? You can mend your hair for a fraction of the cost of using salon or drug store products, and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen. Whether you choose an egg, mayonnaise, or oil pack, your hair and budget will both thank you.
1. Deep Conditioning Vegetable Oil and Egg Hair Treatment
How It Works
Eggs are rich in protein, a component of hair, so eggs restore and nourish your strands. Eggs are also renowned as one of nature's best moisturizers.
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil (olive oil is good)
- 1/8 cup of water
Note: You may want to double or half these amounts, depending on the length and texture of your hair.
- Mix ingredients well in a medium-sized bowl.
- Apply to hair after shampooing.
- Leave the mixture on for at least 15 minutes.
- Rinse with cool (not warm) water.
2. Mayonnaise Mask for Distressed Hair
How It Works
The main ingredients in mayonnaise are eggs, vinegar, and oil. Each one of these elements is good for hair in its own right. Eggs nourish and fortify, vinegar adds shine, and oil moisturizes and protects. This mixture addresses all the problems of distressed hair.
- 1/2 cup of mayonnaise (approximately)
- Apply the mayonnaise to your dry hair. If your hair tends to be oily, avoid the scalp.
- Massage the mayonnaise into your hair thoroughly, and then cover your hair with a disposable shower cap, plastic bag, or plastic wrap. For deep penetration, cover the plastic layer with a hot towel.
- Allow the mayonnaise to stay on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly before shampooing as usual.
3. Do-It-Yourself Hot Oil Treatment
How It Works
Hot oil is widely recognized as a powerful therapy for damaged hair. The heat causes the hair to open and allows the oil to penetrate deeply. The oil softens, nourishes, moisturizes, and protects the strands. Oil is a good vegan option for those who don't use eggs.
- 1/4 cup oil
Note: The best choice of oil is virgin coconut oil, an ingredient that is solid at room temperature but liquid when slightly warmer. Olive oil is also excellent for hair. If neither is available, any vegetable oil will work.
- Heat 1/4 cup of the oil until it is very warm to the touch but not uncomfortably hot.
- Apply the oil to your hair, section by section, to condition all areas evenly. If you tend to have oily hair, leave the oil off your scalp.
- Cover your hair with a plastic bag or wrap to keep in the treatment and warmth. For even better results, layer a hot towel from the dryer over your plastic wrapping.
- Leave the oil on your hair for at least half an hour.
- Shampoo thoroughly until your hair is clean but not stripped of oils.
These do-it-yourself treatments are safe, gentle, and natural, but that doesn't mean that they're ineffective. They're packed full of high-performing proteins, vitamins, and emollients. Your hair will look and feel better after one use, but treat it once a week to keep your hair in top condition.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Isabel Macfall on June 03, 2020:
I have just done the egg and oil deep hair conditioner and my head is so itchy now.
glydel kim on July 11, 2016:
I try this if working to my hair
Mary Ware on June 22, 2016:
Home deep conditioners are best but for me GKhair deep conditioner hair mask did wonders. The best I have ever used. A complete damage reconstructor leaving each hair strand nourished, healthy and strong that are less prone to fall and break. Perfects against chemical services, heat styling and other environmental effects. :)
Lindsay on May 11, 2016:
I'm doing the mayo one as we speak
Angela on February 24, 2016:
Definitely do not try coconut oil hot treatment if you are into No Poo, you will never be able to wash out the grease.
molly on May 05, 2014:
I am very interested in trying this. My hair was always very oily and is now very dry and brittle. How do these treatments impact permed/color treated hair?
MelStie from San Francisco, California on February 17, 2014:
I don't like the smell of mayonnaise on my hair so I will not do that again. The pro naturals hair repair mask smells really good and is really effective
Sarah N. on April 28, 2013:
I'm dying my hair and bleaching it tomorrow. I love this because Ill know how to bring my hair back to life :)!! Thanks!!!
shelly on December 04, 2012:
just used the egg one and my hair is almost dry and i can see an improvement! :)
danielle on August 20, 2012:
thanks i just got a perm and my hair is terrible.
Vanessa on July 12, 2012:
Yes the mayo and egg treatment does smell! But it works like a charm! I've been using the organic extra virgin olive oil, egg, and mayo treatments for a couple of months now twice a week. My hair has grown like never before!
mary on July 11, 2012:
Great post, very informative! I’ve been using Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil System (it’s on beyas.ca) to tackle breakages, dryness and split ends and so far it has worked really well to protect and repair my hair. I recommend it!
cas on June 17, 2012:
I don't like that picture.
Missy on June 09, 2012:
Big fan of the hot oil treatment! I have also tried the egg and mayo but its just too messy and smells bad!
melissa07 on May 16, 2012:
Excellent article! So far I've preferred Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner because it deeply hydrates and heals my hair which is no longer dry, instead it's healthy and shiny :)
Rita on April 29, 2012:
i did the mayo treatment...have it in my hair now... it smells and now im worried how my hair will be tomorrow.
francheska on April 19, 2012:
I've been trying the eggs. All you need are 2 egg yolks and one tablespoon of fresh milk. I do it once a week and it works really good. It gives my hair a natural shine. Haha :)
Melanie Gordji on April 19, 2012:
I have been using Mayonaise on my hair for the last year, it is much more effective than expensive shop bought products. I am excited to try oil.
Thanks for the tips!!
cmoriel on April 05, 2012:
thought it may be nice to add some essential oils to the hot oil treatment. can you recommend any that are beneficial to the hair?
nisha on March 15, 2012:
BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on July 18, 2010:
This is so timely. I am in NYC and we are going through yet another heatwave and we are all just fried - from the top down. My hair is ready for a treatment.
Nice to meet you too by the way!
Tracy Morrow from Cleveland, OH on July 14, 2010:
Thanks for the tips. I'm getting ready to put a "remove color" treatment on and then re-color to go for a lighter look. I'm nervous that it's going to fry my hair, now I'll know how to help get it back in shape!
North Wind from The World (for now) on July 02, 2010:
I will try it, thanks.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on July 02, 2010:
I must take biotin for my nails and hair. I also use Ojon. The olive oil is great. Mayo - oh, I just cannot...
OldenbuzzDotCom (author) on July 02, 2010:
Lotuslove19, thanks for the suggestion! I haven't tried this one yet, but now I definitely plan to.
Sarika Mehra on July 02, 2010:
do you know you can make your hair bouncy and strong with mango seed paste ,open the hard shell and take out the soft seed ,make a paste with water and then apply on the hair keep for one hour and then apply oil for 15 mins ,wash well with shampoo ,and then let them dry naturally with broad teethed comb open the tangles and then let them dry you will be amazed to see how nice your hair becomes ,you may apply 2 to 3 drops of coconut oil to bring shine to your hair.