Egg oil has long been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. In India, it has primarily been used as a hair cosmetic for hair loss, dandruff, grey hair, and frizzy hair. Today, across the world, you can find many online recipes for DIY hair mask treatments that involve egg yolk, primarily for the benefits that come from the fats and cholesterol. Traditionally, isolating egg yolk oil has been a smelly, messy, and expensive process. It involves burning egg yolks in a pan on high heat to pour off tiny quantities of the oil. This process not only leaves your home smelling of smoke for days, but also changes the structure of the fats so that they are less effective.

Now that egg oil is commercially available, thanks to Ecovatec Solutions Inc, the benefits of egg oil are available to consumers in a much more affordable and accessible way. Naturally extracted egg oil contains oleic (omega 9) and linoleic (omega 6) fatty acids, cholesterol, antioxidants, and some omega 3s. Each of these components have specific benefits for common hair and scalp concerns.

Egg Oil Component Benefits

Omega 9 fatty acids make up around 55% of the fats found in egg oil. It is a thicker oil, excellent for dry and brittle hair that needs lots of moisture. It is also said to block the conversion of testosterone (a hormone present in all bodies) into DHT which is the main cause of hair loss.

For healthy hair, taking care of the scalp is crucial. It is skin, like any other type, but it also has specific needs for simulating hair follicles. Omega 9 fatty acids are often used in scalp treatments to increase the penetration of other active ingredients. They also reduce inflammation and promote the healing process.

One of the advantages to egg oil is its naturally perfect ratio of omega 9s to omega 6s. Omega 6 fatty acids (~16% of the fatty acids) reinforce the skin barrier after omega 9s disrupt it to allow for ingredients to act deeper into the scalp. This seals in moisture and protects the scalp from damage. They have also been shown to “trick” skin into producing less oil, great for already oily scalps.

Since conditions of the scalp such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and dandruff are often due to a disrupted skin barrier and inflammation, these fatty acids are just what is needed. You may have seen experts discussing which plants extracts are effective for reducing inflammation, but egg components are also recommended. Egg oil has even been proven effective by scientists for eczema treatment, wound healing, and pain-reduction effects. While we do not make these medical claims for our products, we hope that scientists continue to research the medicinal claims often made for egg oil.

Omega 3 fatty acids (~2%) are known to soothe itchy and flaky scalps, improve scalp blood circulation, and nourish hair follicles. Hair follicles rely on nutrients and blood circulation to promote hair growth. This is another reason why egg oil is often used for hair-loss treatments.

Grey hair is often due to the buildup of reactive oxygen species (or “free radicals”) as the body’s natural antioxidant system declines over time or due to environmental stressors. These free radicals cause stress on the scalp cells and lead to premature greying. One way to combat this is to provide the scalp with more antioxidants, such as the carotenoids: lutein and zeaxanthin. Not only do antioxidants help keep your hair young and vibrant, but they also help the fatty acids in the fight against inflammatory and oxidative stress induced scalp conditions. 

Yet another important player in this oil is the cholesterol. Since cholesterol is a type of wax, it increases shine and reduce frizz by coating hair strands, sealing in the moisture provided by the other fats. It also provides it with additional strength and protection against breakage, making it ideal for chemically treated, damaged, or aging hair.

It is amazing how the fatty acids, cholesterol, and antioxidants work together to solve so many hair concerns at once. No other single oil can treat damaged hair, hair loss, greying, and dandruff while supporting growth, hydration, and shine.

Vitellus has gone one step further to combine this amazing egg oil with the extra medium length fatty acids found in coconut oil and long length fatty acids in canola oil. Adding in rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils just contributes even further to the overall hair benefits of our Replenishing Egg Oil Hair Oil. Try it and tag us with your results on Instagram for 10% off your next order!

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