Benefits Of Mayonnaise For Hair

Medically reviewed by Dr. Hari Hara Sudhan, MD, Dermatologist
by Anjali Sayee

Mayonnaise is often touted to help resolve many hair problems like dandruff and hair loss. It is also claimed to promote hair growth. But does it really work? In this article, we will explore how mayonnaise can be beneficial for hair. Read on to know more!

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Benefits Of Mayonnaise For Hair

Mayonnaise contains vinegar, egg yolk, and vegetable oil.

Vinegar helps reduce dandruff (1). It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and helps maintain the pH level of the scalp (2). Egg yolk contains peptides that can stimulate hair growth in human dermal papilla cells (3). Egg yolk is also filled with proteins and fatty acids that are needed for hair growth and conditioning (4).

Vegetable oils could be a good alternative to improve hair health and prevent hair damage (5). A study conducted among children with head lice showed that mayonnaise helped reduce head lice (6).

Although there is no research, anecdotal evidence suggests that mayonnaise can be used for curl defining and hair straightening. It also suggests that mayonnaise can be used to protect colored hair as a deep conditioning treatment. It has also been said to reduce dandruff and help tame frizzy hair.

How To Use Mayonnaise As A Hair Treatment

You Will Need

1 cup mayonnaise

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process

  1. Dampen your hair.
  2. Apply mayonnaise to your hair, starting from your scalp to the ends.
  3. Give yourself a good hair massage. Make sure you massage outwards from roots.
  4. Let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash your hair thoroughly.
  5. Use a gentle moisturizing shampoo that cleanses your hair well without drying it out.

How Often?

Once a week.

Alternatively, you can use mayonnaise as a hair mask without rinsing your hair first by following the steps below:

  1. Coat your hair and scalp evenly with mayonnaise.
  2. Pull your hair into a bun at the back of your head.
  3. Dampen a towel with hot water and use it to wrap your hair and scalp.
  4. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Listed below are a few ways you can use mayonnaise in hair masks.

Mayonnaise Hair Masks

1. Mayonnaise And Egg Hair Mask

Eggs are power-packed with proteins that help nourish your hair. Eggs contain biotin, which helps improve the hair’s elasticity and minimizes breakage and damage (7).

You Will Need

  • 2 whole eggs
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process

  1. Whisk the mayonnaise and eggs in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  3. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 20 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  4. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

1-2 times a week.

2. Mayonnaise And Honey Hair Mask

Honey is a popular humectant that helps seal moisture into your hair shafts (8). Honey also has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties (9). It may help improve hair and scalp health.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Processing Time

45 minutes

Process

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  3. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 30-45 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  4. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

3-4 times a month.

3. Mayonnaise And Olive Oil Hair Mask

Olive oil helps moisturize hair by partially penetrating through the hair shaft (10). Olive oil is good for conditioning the hair, like mayonnaise.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Processing Time

30 minutes

Process

  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth, oily mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  3. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 30 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  4. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

Once a week.

4. Mayonnaise And Avocado Hair Mask

Avocado is often used to protect hair from damage. It is also used to rejuvenate dry hair.

You Will Need

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 ripe avocado

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process

  1. Mash the avocado in a bowl until it is completely free of lumps.
  2. Add in the mayo and mix until you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  4. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 20 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  5. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

3-4 times a month.

5. Mayonnaise And Coconut Oil Hair Mask

Coconut oil is a penetrative hair oil that moisturizes the hair from within the shafts (11). The mask helps tackle dryness and make hair lustrous.

You Will Need

  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Processing Time

30 minutes

Process

  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth, oily mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  3. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 30 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  4. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

Once a week.

6. Mayonnaise And Banana Hair Mask

Bananas contain silica, which protects hair from damage. It also reduces hair loss and makes hair lustrous (12).

You Will Need

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Processing Time

45 minutes

Process

  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl until it is completely free of lumps.
  2. Add the mayo and olive oil. Mix until you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  4. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 45 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  5. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

Once a week

7. Mayonnaise And Strawberry Hair Mask

Strawberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C (13). They help reduce oxidative stress that causes hair fall.

You Will Need

  • 8 strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process

  1. Blend the strawberries until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Add the mayo and mix until you get a smooth mixture.
  3. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  4. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 20 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  5. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

Once a week.

8. Mayonnaise And Lemon Hair Mask

Lemon is known to reduce hair loss (10). It also helps prevent dandruff and head lice.

You Will Need

  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Processing Time

20 minutes

Process

  1. Combine the ingredients in a bowl until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mixture to your hair, starting from the roots and working your way down to the tips.
  3. Once all of your hair is covered, leave the hair mask in for 20 minutes. You can boost the efficiency of the mask by wrapping your hair in a hot towel.
  4. Wash the mask out with a mild sulfate-free shampoo.

How Often?

Once a week.

You do not have to resort to commercial hair masks to get smooth, healthy hair. Using mayonnaise with other natural ingredients can go a long way in promoting hair health. However, since most of its benefits are anecdotal, it is better to consult your doctor before you apply mayonnaise to your hair.

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Anjali Sayee

Anjali Sayee is a writer and an introvert. From studying Aeronautical Engineering and wanting to design her own airplane to writing articles on hairstyles, she has been on quite a journey. She believes that hair is one of the key factors that define a woman’s personality. To quote her, “What’s the first thing they do in the movies to show a personality change? Change the hair – because it has a life of its own.” She’s here to help you find the hairstyle you need. This bookworm is a self-professed Wholocker, a talented drummer, and an amateur photographer.
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