Hair Treatment with Mayonnaise:
What is that white thick sauce usually seen in hamburgers, salads, sauces and sandwiches? Yes, it’s mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is made of oil, yolks (egg), vinegar or lemon juice and some seasonings. Did you know that mayonnaise is the best Treatment for Damaged Hair? It is also the best hair conditioner.
History of Mayonnaise
In 1756, French Chef of the Duc de Richelieu was tasked to prepare a victory feast for Duc’s winning against the British. His recipe was to have a sauce made of cream and eggs. Sensing there was no cream in the kitchen, the Chef decided to substitute olive oil for the cream. The new sauce was then named “Mahonnaise.” The name was in honor of the Duc’s victory.
Not a Salad Dressing
Mayonnaise is not the same as Salad dressing. Mayonnaise is not sweet. Salad dressing is sweet and does not contain egg yolks.
When two or more unblendable liquids are mixed, it is Emulsion. Mayonnaise is a good example of emulsion. Mayonnaise is made of lemon juice or vinegar, oil with egg yolks. To combine these ingredients, emulsify it: add the egg yolk slowly while doing rapid mixing. Oil is added slowly while mixing. This process will disperse and suspend tiny droplets of one liquid through another.
Other Uses of Emulsion
1. For medication
2. To coat plates, film and paper in photography
3. Paints, coatings, make-up and detergents and explosives
4. Baked foods and other confectionery products
In Mayonnaise, the emulsifier is the egg yolk. The egg contains lecithin (considered a fat emulsifier.) Chemically speaking, emulsions are colloids-heterogeneous mixture of tiny particles suspended in an unmixable material. Colloid can be liquid, solid or gas.
Home Made Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise made at home is far more superior than the commercial mayonnaise. It can easily be made using blenders, mixers and food processors. It is advisable to use fresh eggs in homemade mayonnaise. It will last for three to four days in the refrigerator.
The mayonnaise sold in supermarkets usually last up to six months when place in refrigerator. The added oil should be at least 65% (except for fat-free-mayonnaise). Commercial mayonnaise should only use eggs as emulsifier. The reduced Fat-Mayonnaise does not contain eggs as emulsifier. It uses modified food starch, cellulose gel, other emulsifiers and thickeners.
Hair Treatment with Mayonnaise
The commercial hair conditioners are high-priced and often does not meet users expectations. To deep condition the hair, real mayonnaise is the best choice.
What to do
1. Thoroughly wet hair using warm water. Wrap dry with towel.
2. For short hair, 1 to 1 ½ tablespoon is good. For medium /shoulder length hair, 2 tablespoons. For long hair, 3 tablespoons.
3. Apply the mayonnaise rubbing the scalp gently. Ensure all hair is coated with more mayonnaise concentration along the length of the hair
4. Cover hair with plastic. The plastic will trap the heat to make the mayonnaise work deep down.
5. Let the mayonnaise stay for 20 minutes.
6. Rinse hair thoroughly!