DIY Mayonnaise Recipe for Hair

If you’re into doing home-style simple, natural remedies or just looking for a great lift-me-up conditioner for your hair, then this easy mayo recipe is just for you.

Egg is highly nutritious, and packs a healthy protein punch together with other amino acids and vitamins, including Biotin. This paired together with a light oil, offers great conditioning when applied to damp or wet hair, sealing in the moisture and thus moisturising dry or lack-lustre tresses.

Apple Cider Vinegar is just a great addition to any DIY hair care regime. It smooths hair follicles thus making detangling a lot easier. It’s also included in our Natural Detangling Spray recipe found here.

These three ingredients offer a simple and easy-to-make deep conditioning home treatment for around R35-R40. It doesn’t come cheaper than this!


  •  1 whole egg plus 1 egg yolk (room temperature makes for better mayo consistency)
  • 1 cup olive oil (250ml) or grapeseed or canola or avocado oil or a combo of any light oils. Choose a good quality cold-pressed, or extra-virgin and not a cooking oil type.
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (any type is fine, however raw and unfiltered is preferable)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon Glycerine or honey


Tried & Trusted Method (This method will give lovely thick mayonnaise)

  1. Make sure that all your utensils, blenders and containers are spotlessly clean
  2. Start off with about 1/4 cup of oil and emulsify with egg using a whisk, food processor or stick blender.
  3. Once you have a stable emulsion, add remaining 3/4 cup oil slowly
  4. Add 2-3 tablespoons of ACV to loosen the mixture up
  5. Add your glycerin or honey if required and use immediately, however note that this may loosen up the mixture somewhat


Hope-for-the-Best Method:

Throw everything together and whisk/blend/pulse together. Sometimes it comes together beautifully, other times you will have a runnier consistency.



  1. Apply to clean, damp hair in sections, taking care to cover every strand of hair using your fingers, a wide-toothed comb or brush.
  2. Cover with a shower cap or clingwrap, and cover again with a heated towel or use a hooded attachment to your hair drier or if you’re lucky to have a hood drier, have a cuppa and relax for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Rinse off with tepid to lukewarm (not hot) water until runs clear, and shampoo lightly afterwards if needed, however my suggestion would be to hold off on the shampoo until the next day if possible.
  4. Do this deep conditioning treatment 1 -2 times per month



If you don’t add glycerine or honey, then the mayonnaise will keep in the fridge for around one week sealed tightly. 

You can use the extra mayonnaise for your home-cooking too, it’s perfectly edible and yummy. Just add some salt, spices and garlic, and you have a lovely condiment to slather over your chips or burgers.

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