One of my favorite reality TV shows is TLC’s 90 Day Fiance, probably because I have a 90 day fiancé of my own from Thailand, and we have been married now for 15 delightful years. One of the more colorful characters on the show is Big Ed, who traveled to the Philippines to find romance. He was ultimately unsuccessful, but I have to say I was rooting for him.
Big Ed has taken a lot of flak for a lot of things, not the least of which is for putting mayonnaise in his hair. But in his defense, he is over 50, and once men cross that bridge, we do a lot of strange things to look young. Trust me on that one. We dye our hair, put on skinny jeans and grow hipster goatees. We desperately try to figure out the intricacies of social media (I still don’t know what the Tik Tok is), what the heck the difference is between a tall, grande, and venti coffee, and we talk on our smartphones and tell our friends “Oh yeah, I gave up my landline” (even though we haven’t). So I had to ask, is mayonnaise in your hair a real thing? Do people really do that, and does it do any good?
Surprisingly, yes. A Healthline article notes that a mayonnaise hair mask helps keep your hair soft and smooth, and make it less frizzy and dry. According to the site, yes, you just use a cup of plain mayonnaise and work it into your scalp, cover it with a cap for 20 minutes and rinse it out.
Beauty site Byrdie also says that there is a benefit of the amino acids contained in the mayo (via egg yolks), which promote hair growth as a result of collagen and protein. And it would sleem that Big Ed is not the only celebrity who slathers his hair with mayo. Stylist reports that Cardi B makes her own hair mask with a combination of castor, olive and argan oils, mixed with avocado, honey, banana, mayonnaise and eggs.
Big Ed, from one old guy to another, if the mayo hair thing works for you, then more power to ya. I may even try it myself.
Dan Blacharski is editor-in-chief of TheVivant.com.