This time, I have tried out using eggs as the active ingredient when washing my hair. Egg is supposed to genrly wash the hair, and add shine, make it fluffy and deeply nourish damaged hair. Back in the good ole days, egg was commonly used as shampoo in many countries, and here in Finland you can still find egg shampoo in the cheap stores (how much egg they contain I don’t know).
I have used a recipe that I found from oldenbuzz. It also contains quite a lot of olive oil, and also lemon juice and vinegar, so it should be a good mixture of most stuff that the hair needs.
HOW TO DO IT
Mix the following ingredients:
1 ounce of olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
You can also just use plain egg, or google for other recipes, there’s quite a lot of them. Apply to your hair, and rinse. Make sure that you rinse in lukewarm or cold water, other wise you will have scrambled egg in your hair!
Some people say that the egg white is drying for the hair, so if you like you can try using only the yolks. You can spread the whites over your face for a brightening, firming mask.
The first time I used this recipe, I had average results. My hair was cleansed, sure enough, but no outstanding results and not as shiny and fluffy as I had hoped for. The second time, however, was a disaster. I guess it was no fault of the eggs, but the olive oil. Oldenbuzz’ recipe calls for a lot of olive oil and you really have to make sure that it is all rinsed out of your hair, but it’s a bit hard to tell before the hair is dry. I rinsed for a good while, but in quite cool water, because as I said, the egg calls for cool water. Still, my hair was so greasy and looked horrible. Also my hair smelled like meringue and the egg smell stayed in the bathroom for days. I was away at the time, and I freaked out and used the hotel body wash/shampoo the same evening.
The next time I washed my hair, I tried using the egg shampoo again. This time I rinsed for a really long time, and when I hoped that all the egg would be out of my hair, I switched to warmer water. And sure enough, I seemed to get all the oil out.
When I came home, however, I tried making the same recipe, but with less olive oil (about half-two thirds of what the recipe said) and that seemed to work a lot better.
The problem is, I guess, that the olive oil is quite difficult to get out of your hair when you don’t have shampoo and only can use cool water. So I would recommend using less oil, or maybe only water.
Not very much. I used a bit less than one portion of this recipe for one wash.
Takes some preparation, but the recipe is not very difficult. You can make about one week’s worth of shampoo and store it in your fridge up to one week. The rinsing took a good while though, and in the winter, one might like a hot shower.
The egg surely cleans the hair and it stays clean quite long. If you manage to wash your hair properly, that is.
Okay, but not as exciting as I had expected.
Overall impression of egg shampoo
Not a success. I know many people like this, but it wasn’t my thing at all. Can be worth a try, but in any case, I wouldn’t recommend it as a daily shampoo. Egg contains a lot of protein, which is something that some hair types love, and others hate. Protein builds up around the hair strands and for most people, after a while the hair will be in need of a cleansing treatment. I would recommend using this maybe once evey two weeks as a nourishing treatment. And if the hair looks oily afterwards, wash it with a little bit of shampoo or maybe an acid rinse.
Oh, and perhaps you though this would be the last post in my hair washing test thingie. But no, haha, it’s not! I have a surprise method to try out, check back in two weeks!