Mayonnaise Treatment? What is it and does it work for hair treatments?

I’m sure you know all there is to know about home-treatments. You can make your own face masks, exfoliation, and even hair masks. And it is true, for the most part, they are beneficial to some degree. And while some of them sound delicious (like applying honey to your face, or mashed strawberries to exfoliate your back), some others not so much.

I’m talking about “mayonnaise treatment” for your hair. I’m sure you have heard of this one before. But maybe you don’t have the guts to try it, so today I will tell you what you need to know about it: What is it? How do you apply it? Does it work? Let us find out!

What is it? Basically its just mayonnaise. Mayonnaise ingredients include eggs, vinegar and olive oil(the ‘healthy kind’), which, yes, can be beneficial for your hair. So you can go to the grocery store and get it, or you can make it yourself. There are literally a gazillion recipes online to make mayo at home.

How do you apply it? The best time to do it is before the shower. Apply the mayo on your dry, unwashed hair. Wrap your hair in a warm towel (you can also use a shower cap or even a plastic bag for this step), leave it for 20 to 30 minutes and get in the shower. Now, there are two tips that can help you with the smell, if it’s something that bothers you: 1) Mix the mayo with a tablespoon of vanilla extract. It won’t necessarily smell like vanilla, but it will not smell like mayo either, and 2) before getting in the shower, apply shampoo to your hair and gently massage it (not the scalp tho) before getting it wet. By the time you are done, it will be like nothing happened, except your hair will look and feel totally different. Yay!

Does it work? Yes, and no.Whaaaat?! Here is the thing. People think that because mayonnaise is high in fat and high in protein, is going to magically restore your dry hair, repair your split-ends, make it grow an inch in 30 minutes and it will be shinier than the sun. But, no. For starters, the type of protein mayo contains (from eggs) its heavy on your hair, and it can’t really absorb it or benefit that much from it (your stomach has a hard time synthesizing protein, so imagine your hair). But mayo is also high in fat, it contains vinegar and can indeed, leave your hair feeling shinier and healthier. It will definitely be less frizzy and easier to style. If done once a week at least, I’m sure you will see the benefits.

So schedule your home treatments. It can me #mayomonday when you treat yourself and your hair to be ready for the busy week ahead of you. Have you tried mayo treatment before? Has it worked for you?