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How to Do a Mayonnaise Hair Treatment

By January 27th, 202136 Comments
How to Do a Mayonnaise Hair Treatmentby Allison Cooper of

Many of you have probably heard of the famous mayonnaise hair treatment and have thought to yourself, “Does that actually work?” Well, the answer is a huge and resounding, “YES!”

Sadly, no matter what the circumstances or our hair type, we all occasionally suffer from damaged hair. The truth is, with the amount of styling products that we use on a daily basis, hair restoration treatments and techniques have become a part of life.

Hair treatments in salons can cost upwards of hundreds of dollars per visit, which can really break the bank. Some of the over the counter products can cause more damage than good due to the low quality ingredients. So, it’s important that we find a balance between the super expensive and super lame treatments in order to get what we’re looking for.

This is where the mayonnaise treatment comes in. It is low-cost and quite literally, a miracle worker. So say “so long” to being broke, trash those drugstore brands and open your pantry!

Step #1: Purchase some mayonnaise at your local grocery store. It doesn’t matter which brand you choose, just as long as it is regular mayonnaise. (No need to get the low-fat stuff—it’s going in your hair not in your body!)

Step #2: Prep your hair using warm water to get it nice and damp, but not soaking wet.

Step #3: Scoop some mayonnaise out of the jar and start rubbing it through your hair like you would a conditioner. The amount that you are going to use really depends on the length and thickness of your hair. Feel free to lather on the amount that you feel most comfortable with.

Step #4: Wrap your head of hair with a plastic wrap, a plastic bag, or shower cap to trap the heat inside. Heat opens the pores and allows the treatment to penetrate strands further and thus work better.

Step #5: Let the treatment sit on the hair for at least 20 minutes. You can let it sit longer depending on how damaged your hair already is.

Step #6: Wash the mayonnaise out. This is most easily done in the shower using a diluted shampoo. You may need to shampoo a few times before you are able to get all of the mayonnaise out. Be sure to use the shampoo gently, not tangling the hair.


You can also add other natural ingredients such as olive oil, avocado, or egg to the mayonnaise mixture.

Overall, the mayonnaise treatment will restore moisture and vitality to your strands without the high cost of a salon or the damaging effect of low quality products. This is a great treatment to use on a monthly basis and will leave you feeling glamorous. Who knew that looking good could be this easy?


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  • Maura says:

    I heard adding a little bit of vanilla extract to the mixture with cut the Mayo smell

  • Unknown says:

    Just tried it

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  • Anonymous says:

    Do you put this treatment on hair before or after shampooing? Does it help get rid of dandruffs?

  • Anonymous says:

    hi i've been natural for 15 years(my life), and no matter how much my mom likes to take credit for this i've found it on my own.i love mixing the mayo with one egg, 2 table spoons of milk, olive oil, honey, and a little nit of pink cautioned the smell(tee-he), but be amazed by its workings.i leave it on from 20 minutes to completely drying itself really is a awesome work!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm doing this right now. Hope it works! Cross fingers. What i hate about this is that it's so stick, pretty messy. Hopes for the best result! :))

  • Anonymous says:

    im using maynnasie on my hair right now and im craving a sandwich hope it works

  • Anonymous says:

    Im going to try this with my sister (maybe) hope it works out!!

  • Queen Q says:

    I just did this yesterday. With an old jar of helmans and some evoo. I left the treatment in for a couple of hours while I ran errands. Then I diluted my favorite shampoo and reconditioned my hair with my favorite deep conditioner and leave in conditioner. My hair is so soft and shinny! My hair is naturally very dry and dull. I will do this all the time now! So pleased with the results. Who needs a salon!

  • Clari says:

    My mom used to do this all the time! Last night, I washed my hair (it was tre dirty) and put 3 tbsp olive oil on my scalp and through my hair (it's really thick hair). I went to sleep and woke up, my hair was still damp, I wet it a little with my hands and added about 7 tbsp of mayo to it.

    I'll be washing it after about 2 hours. Will definitely be making this a weekly thing!

  • Anonymous says:

    I tried the mayo alone & loved it, now I use evoo or coconut oil with it

  • Anonymous says:

    a spray bottle of water will dampen it w/out soaking…i'm trying this today 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    The treatment seem doable, but how do prep your hair with warm water without soaking it? Yes I know it sounds stupid… but please enlighten my darkness

  • Anonymous says:

    i hrd of it n didnt think it was true! lol i tot they wer lyin to me 1:p hahah so went on line n saw this!gonna start doin it 2morrow!! :))

  • Anonymous says:

    Bonita Becca — I have heard that castor oil will help your hair grow. Maybe adding this to the mayo would be ok? I'm going to try it

  • Anonymous says:

    I can't wait to try this!!!! I am trying to go natural!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    You should include some olive oil and avocado, whip it all together and spread on your head. Leave on for an hour. Great conditioning…

  • Anonymous says:

    tried it for the first time today, awesome! I will definitely add this to my regimen!

  • bonita becca says:

    i did this last week and now im doing it again. i've seen great results, my hair looks stronger and less dry. im going to conitinue to do this every week, i need my hair to grow ! are there any other natural treatments that will help my hair grow ???

  • bonita becca says:

    Do u have to put a cap or can u just blow dry it with heat while the mayo is in?

  • tammy says:

    My mom would put this in my hair when I was little and now I do it myself. I sometimes add an egg but that makes it messier. Last time I added EVOO and honey. My hair was amazing!!

  • Anonymous says:

    I tried for the first time last week and it's a keeper!!!! I used 4 tbs may, 1 tsp each of raw honey and jojoba oil and 4 drops each of rosemary eo, peppermint eo and orange eo. I covered my hair with a plastic cap for severals since I had to run some errands. The smell wasn't that bad and didn't linger at all after I low poo'ed my hair. Will definetely try again!!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Yup, just did this today and the results were amazing. I mixed mayo w/ half an avocado and a teeny bit of olive oil, then let it sit for a few hours since I was off (I even went outside on my balcony in this crazy 100+ -degree heat to read for a few minutes to help it process). I rinsed it out with a watered-down ACV rinse (just a pinch of baking soda added to help keep the birds off my head), and I'd never felt my hair so soft or manageable. And my hands were super soft, too! Definitely a keeper, though it does smells pretty bad.

  • Laura says:

    I just got done with this treatment for the first time and my TWA lllooovveess it! I mixed some mayo, EVOO, honey, and veg glycerin and sat with a plastic cap for 2 hours since I was home all day. I washed and did a light shampoo with my poo bar and the softness and shine is amazing!! Def will work this into my routine once a month.

  • Annabel says:

    My hair hates mayonnaise treatments, I've never achieved good results doing this. =( Guess different strokes for different folks. I also can't stomach the smell. I've also never tried it with heat… not too keen on trying it again, however.

  • ashley says:

    I did this a few hours ago, I am totes going to do it all the time, it is way cheaper than the hair mayonnaise stuff.

  • Shelly says:

    i am going to try it!!! sounds like it will be easier to wash out than the Indian powders i normally use for protein treatments. thanks.

  • Anonymous says:

    I tried this. It didn't seem to work but I did not use any heat. Also, I craved a sandwich the whole time that stuff was on my head!

  • IcyLillies says:

    lol, I just did this yesterday. It was good!

  • MrsWardy88 says:

    I do this once a week with egg, honey, jojoba and avocado oil. I wash my hair, condition, then apply the DT wrap my hair in a regular plastic bag. I wait for about 20-45 mins. Then I co wash it all out. I'm seeing results as in my hair is getting stronger 🙂 The bad part is the egg, and smell BLECK!

  • Anonymous says:

    my great grandmother used to do this to my hair all the time when i was younger and she was in charge of pressing my hair. guess i am going back to basics

  • Libby says:

    I remember these mayonnaise treatments all too well. Back in the day when I used to get my hair pressed, my old school beautician knew all these little secrets. We've used the egg-mayo mix too.

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