Can Mayonnaise Help Damaged Hair?

There’s nothing more frustrating than damaged hair. Sometimes all the treatments and dyes that you use on your hair can do a lot of damage. Even using straighteners regularly can do a fair amount of damage to your hair strands! So how can you get your hair healthy again? Some of the more professional treatments cost a bomb, so it’s only natural to want to resort to a cheaper home remedy.

One of the suggested methods for helping to repair damaged hair is to apply mayonnaise to it. It’s even the sworn method of actress Blake Lively to achieve her lovely glossy hair! But does this method actually work?

Note: I have a guide on what damaged hair really looks like. Make sure you’re dealing with the right problem before you go smothering your head with condiments.

Can mayonnaise help damaged hair?

You may be surprised to learn that mayonnaise can actually help damaged hair. Mayonnaise is a mixture of egg and oil. These have great properties for your hair which can help to reverse the damage that some chemicals have done to your hair. 

Eggs are naturally high in protein, which works to thicken and strengthen your hair follicles. The oils in mayonnaise work to moisturize your hair, and can help restore your hair to its former glory.

The best way to use mayonnaise on your hair is to create a hair mask. In a small ramekin, mix together one cup of plain mayonnaise with one egg. It should look like a creamy purée, so don’t be afraid to whisk it well. 

Next, you need to coat your hair with a mayonnaise mask. Make sure to fully coat your hair right from the roots down to the tips. Cover your hair using a shower cap and allow the hair mask to sit for 30 minutes or so.

Now you can wash off the mayonnaise hair mask in the shower. Make sure to wash it out thoroughly, and ensure that you’ve removed all of it from your hair. You can then continue with your usual hair care routine with shampoo and conditioner.

If you use this hair care treatment once a month, it should be more than enough to reverse the effects of harsh chemicals on your hair. If you apply the hair mask too frequently, it can actually weigh your hair down.

Does mayonnaise help bleach damaged hair?

Mayonnaise does help bleach damaged hair, yes! Because of the various nutrients in mayonnaise, it can actively work to repair dry, brittle hair. It’s also a much cheaper alternative to some of the more expensive hair masks that brands try to market.

However, you should ensure that you choose plain, natural mayonnaise that doesn’t have any added ingredients or flavorings. We’re sure you don’t want to have anything other than the egg and oil mixture in your hair!

Mayonnaise works to repair bleach-damaged hair by locking in that all-important moisture. The mayonnaise can also work to moisturize your scalp, which can help to maintain healthy hair. This condiment is great for repairing hair that’s been damaged by too much bleaching, too much hair color or hair dye, using too many chemical products on your hair, and much more.

Bonus: Did you know you can lighten your hair without bleach? Something to try next time.

How long should I leave mayonnaise in my hair?

You should leave mayonnaise in your hair for no longer than 30 minutes. This will give your hair more than enough time to absorb all that useful protein and moisturizing goodness. You can leave your hair mask in overnight if you want to ensure that it helps to reverse any severe damage. However, you should ensure that you wash it out of your hair thoroughly the next morning.

If your hair is heavily damaged and dry by bleaching or because of other chemical products, you might benefit from using the mayonnaise hair mask treatment every two weeks.

Does mayonnaise make hair straight?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to suggest that mayonnaise actively straightens hair. Mayonnaise cannot make your hair straight.

Some people will swear that it does work to straighten their hair, however, most of this evidence is anecdotal. There are some people who use mayonnaise to try and define their curls and straighten their hair. However, there’s nothing included in mayonnaise to actively straighten your hair. Mayonnaise can help to repair damaged hair, but it can’t straighten your hair.

If your hair is naturally curly, then it will remain curly when you apply mayonnaise to it. It can, however, work to actively reduce any frizz in your hair. It’s important to remember that mayonnaise isn’t a styling product, so it won’t be able to straighten or shape your hair.

The idea that mayonnaise can help straighten your hair likely stems from the fact that when you use too much of the mayonnaise, it can weigh your hair down instead. This doesn’t actually remove the curl.

Does mayonnaise grow hair?

Mayonnaise can’t actively make your hair grow any faster. It has a number of great properties, mostly restoring your shiny hair and repairing any damage from bleaching or coloring. It can also help to moisturize the skin on your scalp, which will be more effective for encouraging your hair to grow.

This is because dry and damaged skin on your scalp will hamper any hair growth. By encouraging your skin and hair to stay healthy, you will be able to make sure that it can keep growing healthily.

The application of mayonnaise to your hair can help to improve its strength and moisturize it. This will naturally make it healthier, and more likely to grow.

Worth it?

And so our guide to mayonnaise hair care comes to an end! Mayonnaise can indeed help repair damaged hair. It will work especially well on hair that has been bleached or dyed too much. Using a mayonnaise hair mask can help give your hair the moisture it’s missing, and it can thicken and strengthen your hair thanks to the nutrients it contains. 

You should apply a mayonnaise hair mask once a month to get the best results, but if your hair is severely damaged by bleaching then your hair will benefit from fortnightly treatments.