Can Egg Yolks Actually Promote Hair Growth?
Egg yolks have long been used for beauty treatments including hair masks to improve hair growth, strength, and appearance. It’s been promoted by the do-it-yourself and homemade beauty insiders recently (see video below), but it was unknown how exactly the egg yolk could be beneficial to stimulating hair growth.
In this video, a YouTube user shows her users how she applies egg yolks to her scalp to remedy hair loss and documents her results.
In a recent study published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. and the Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition in the Journal of Medicinal Food, egg yolks were identified to be scientifically beneficial to hair growth and an excellent alternative to medicine such as minoxidil. This medication (minoxidil) promotes vascularization and hair growth as well as stimulates vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) production. However, long-term use of this medication leads to unwanted side effects. This is why we are so excited about egg yolks as an alternative!
Chicken Eggs & Hair Growth
Unlike humans, chickens develop hair before they hatch. Therefore, it was predicted that the egg would have important hair growth factors.
How egg yolks aid in hair growth:
Water-soluble peptides derived from the egg yolk stimulate VEGF production and human hair follicle dermal papilla cell growth. This enhanced the mice’s hair growth in the study as well as in female pattern hair loss (FPHL)
It is through insulin growth factor-1 receptor activation-induced hypoxia-inducible factor-1α transcription pathway that VEGF expression is induced by the water-soluble peptides
The water-soluble egg yolk peptide was then named “hair growth peptide (HGP)”
Will this benefit both males and females?
Yes! According to the study, there are two types of baldness – androgenic and nonandrogenic. In females, it is not necessarily clear what role androgen plays in hair loss. However, in males, there is a strong tie between androgen and hair loss. Because the function of HGP is not related to androgen, it will not affect men and women differently.
This is a significant finding for both men and women who experience hair loss. Used in addition to hair transplantation and restoration, the possibilities are endless. It is a relatively inexpensive treatment option or transplant enhancer with no side effects if used properly!
Disclaimer: Although the study shows promise for treating hair loss in the future, more studies will need to be conducted to support this evidence before we can recommend it as an alternative to minoxidil.