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Homemade Egg Shampoo: Cleans & Strengthens Your Hair

 

As a child I was fascinated by Halo Egg Shampoo advert, in which a lady in yellow dress would flaunt her black, shiny and bouncy hair. The promise of egg protein was hard to forget. Although, I can’t remember if we ever bought it.

Egg is a very good hair cleanser. Hard to believe? It’s science! The egg yolk contains lecithin, which is an emulsifier. It works to emulsify the oil with water, which is then rinsed out. So basically egg cuts through the grease and dirt and will make your hair squeaky clean.

High in protein, egg shampoo is excellent for fine, thin, or oily hair. The protein works to strengthen the hair shaft, and adds body and texture to the hair. Plus eggs are packed with vitamin A, D, E, B12, biotin (often touted as the ‘hair growth vitamin’), iodine, selenium, and pantothenic acid (you hear in shampoo adverts) – all great for shiny, healthy hair. I am not sure how much of this gets absorbed in 5 minutes of washing, but it works really well as a shampoo. It makes your hair clean, shiny and healthy. And minus the harsh detergents and preservatives, which is awesome.

What I really like about this shampoo is that it takes off oil from my hair (from pre-wash oiling), but without drying the scalp or hair. And it adds amazing shine and volume to my fine, soft hair.

The egg shampoo may sound very icky, but if you have fine or thinning hair then I encourage you to try it at least once. Here is how to make this shampoo:

How To Make an Egg Shampoo

You only need one ingredient – egg – to make the basic recipe. But there are some extras you can add in, depending on your hair’s need.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Egg

Optional add-ins (You can use one or more)

  • 4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil (or essential oil of your choice, will help with the smell)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey (moisturising)
  • 1-2 teaspoon Lime Juice (removes build-up, plus adds shine to your hair)
  • 1-2 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar (same as lime)
  • 1 teaspoon Aloe Vera Juice (moisturising)
  • 1 teaspoon Olive Oil (use for dry/coarse hair)
  • 1 teaspoon Amla Powder (beneficial in hair loss and adds texture and thickness)
  • 1 tablespoon Henna or Cassia powder (conditioning; use henna for dark hair and cassia for lighter hair)
  • 1 tablespoon Shikakai Powder (provides better cleansing, and also helps balance scalp pH)

Make: Crack a couple of eggs into a bowl and whisk them well. Add the optional ingredients if using and mix thoroughly. You can choose to add some warm water (2 to 4 tablespoon) to this mixture. If you have oiled your hair or have very greasy hair then do not dilute it.

A few suggestions:

~ If you are using the powdered ingredients, add some water to them to make a semi-thick paste. And then mix them with the egg. That way the ingredients will combine well.

~ Adjust the quantities depending on the length of your hair. One egg is sufficient to wash shoulder length hair. Make double or triple the recipe for longer or thicker hair.

~ If you have dry, brittle, or coarse hair, skip the egg white and just use the yolk. You may also want to add some moisturising ingredient like honey, aloe vera, olive oil, or rose water.

How to use: There are two ways you can use egg shampoo:

1. Use without wetting/rinsing the hair. This will help emulsify the oils better and get your hair really clean.

2. Use on wet hair: If your hair isn’t too oily you can use after rinsing the hair with water.

Pour a little egg shampoo mixture into your hand. Massage/scrub it into your scalp and hair (as you would any shampoo). Leave it on for 5 – 10 minutes and then wash out thoroughly with lukewarm water.

Done.

No conditioner is needed. The fatty acids in the egg conditions the hair beautifully.

If your hair is prone to dryness, apply a leave-in conditioner post wash. That will keep your hair conditioned and moisturised.

This egg-cellent shampoo gently cleans hair and increases bounciness and smoothness of hair without stripping it of natural oils. Sounds like a commercial.. 🙂

Getting rid of egg smell: Many people find that the egg smell still lingers on in their hair even after through rinsing. The solution is very easy. Just add few drops of lime/lemon/orange or any citrus fruit to one cup of water. And use this as a final rinse. You can also rinse your hair with chamomile tea (for blondes), or rosemary/nettle/ hibiscus tea (for dark-colored hair). These rinse will not only take out the smell but it will also nourish your hair.

Don’t overdo: Eggs contain a lot of protein, which some hair types love and others hate. Protein can build up on the hair strands and make it drier and stiffer. I would recommend using this once a week if you have fine hair and once every fortnight if you have dry, coarse hair. For in-between washes use one of the hair rinse or this homemade shampoo.

Do you make your own shampoo? Have you tried using egg to wash your hair?

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58 comments
Urm says October 1, 2017

Hi

I have long hair upto my elbows so I used two full eggs instead of one. Whipped both and added some lemon juice to it and then used the mixture on my hair and rinjsed it with cold water pre and post wash. After the wash I felt my hair was a bit on the dry side with plenty of friction between the strands. Does that mean I have to add a moisturizing ingredient to the eggs and skip out on the lemon? Or use one egg only?

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    Minaz says October 18, 2017

    Hi Urm, Skip lime juice!
    If your hair is on dry side, just use the egg yolks, you can add some honey to help with dryness.

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Amanda Burford says August 26, 2017

Looking forward to trying this ‘no-poo-option ‘. Thank you!

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Oilver says August 18, 2017

Can I use peppermint oil in the egg wash and then rinse with lemon? Is that too much? And how much lemon do I use?

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    Minaz says August 25, 2017

    Yes of course you can use. Mix 1-2 teaspoon lime/lemon juice in a mug of water. But don’t over do lime as it can dry your hair over time.
    Let me know how it works for you.

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Lea says August 13, 2017

I have waist-length, fine, and usually very flat hair. It takes about 2-3 days after shampooing with a regular shampoo for my hair to get greasy. I am prone to a dry itchy scalp.

Just out of curiosity, I whipped up 2 eggs and massaged it into my dry scalp. After that, I lightly moistened the length of my hair and applied the rest of the eggs, then let it sit for 4 minutes. The smell was very mild for me and I didn’t mind it. Applying the egg mix feels so soothing and smooth, and the only problem I had was the egg dripping off my hair and getting all over my sink and floor. 🙁 I rinsed it VERY thoroughly with 12 oz of chilled green tea, then cold water and wrapped my hair in a towel.

After my hair was fully dried, it looked and felt a little greasy to me. Plus it smelled lightly like egg. I asked my brother if he smelled anything abnormal around me and he couldn’t detect the egg scent! I guess I was the only one who smelled the egg and it would catch me off guard for the 3 days following my egg wash. The scent isn’t pleasant, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected and isn’t unpleasant either.

The second day was actually when I noticed how luxurious my hair felt and looked. The shine is amazing and it has lasted for a week and a half now. My hair was soft for about 4 days after but then just felt horribly greasy and dirty feeling around my scalp. I actually tested cornstarch-baking soda-cocoa powder dry shampoo on my greasy egg hair and it remedied it for the next 2 days (the smell and gritty dirt feeling in my scalp was NOT a good time though).

Overall I’m definitely using this egg method again, but maybe just once every few weeks and next time with an oil or tea to help the smell.

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David says June 5, 2017

I have problems with an itchy scalp and research on the internet suggests it is likely a reaction to ingredients in my shampoo and/or hair dye. I came across your egg shampoo and think it sounds like a great solution. My only ‘concern’ is that I also like my hair to smell clean after washing it. Is it ok to add something to add a nice smell and if so could you suggest something that is less likely to irritate my scalp. I have thick, neither dry nor greasy hair. Hope you can help. Thanks

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    Minaz says June 9, 2017

    Hi David, Yes shampoo allergy is quite common. Egg cleans your hair beautifully. To mask the smell you can add few drop of peppermint oil.
    Or you can rinse your hair with herbal teas like rosemary or rosehip after washing your hair.

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Ana Marie says March 6, 2017

So when I wash out the egg my hair feels clean but when I get out of the shower it takes a really long time to dry and every strand looks oily. Is this protein overload? I only wash my hair with egg once a week.

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Ana Marie says February 22, 2017

Hi! So i’m trying to avoid using oil because I feel that i lose too much hair when I oil it and it is very difficult to get out. I have two oil recipes but I don’t know if I should try it again. could you please tell me what you think of these recipes? Is it bad to switch up your routine often? Thank you! i’m sorry if some of the recipes are repetitive questions that I’ve asked before. I’m sorry this is such a long post!

Very Very fine thin hair

I feel that it hasn’t been very oily. The oil is mostly on my ends and I’ve had trouble getting it out from the olive oil and aloe mask.

I’m from Arizona we have hard water here.

1. shampoo:1 egg with with a teaspoon of aloe: 5 minutes
conditioner: rice water rinse: 20 minutes

Directions: Wet hair. Apply shampoo from the roots to the ends. Put a plastic bag on head to prevent it from getting wet. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Pour rice water on head and gently massage scalp. Rinse with cold water.

2. shampoo: egg yolk with a teaspoon of aloe: 5 minutes
conditioner: rice water rinse: 20 minutes

Directions: Wet hair. Apply shampoo from the roots to the ends. Put a plastic bag on head to prevent it from getting wet. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Pour rice water on head and gently massage scalp. Rinse with cold water.

3. shampoo & conditioner: 1 egg: 5 minutes

Directions: Wet hair. Apply shampoo from the roots to the ends. Put a plastic bag on head to prevent it from getting wet. Rinse well with lukewarm water. Then rinse well with really cold water.

4. Shampoo & conditioner : rice water rinse: 10-20 minutes

Directions: Pour rice water on head and gently massage scalp. Rinse with cold water.

5. shampoo & conditioner: rice water with 2 tbsp apple juice: 10 minutes

Directions: Pour rice water on head and gently massage scalp. Rinse with cold water.

6. shampoo & conditioner: rice water with orange peel or mandarin orange peel: 10 minutes

Directions: Pour rice water on head and gently massage scalp. Rinse with cold water.

7. Conditioner: Cover scalp to ends with aloe vera: 30 minutes
Shampoo: green tea: 3 minutes

Directions: Get the gel and juice out of the leaf. Put it in the blender. Strain with a sieve. Apply the juice from scalp to ends. Rinse with water. Pour green tea on head and gently massage scalp. Rinse with cold water.

8. Conditioner: aloe vera on scalp and ends: 30 minutes
shampoo: rice water: 10 minutes

Directions: Get the gel and juice out of the leaf. Put it in the blender. Strain with a sieve. Apply the juice from scalp to ends. Rinse with water. Pour rice water on head and gently massage scalp. Rinse with cold water.

9. hair mask: aloe vera, olive oil: 1 hour
shampoo: 1 egg: 10 minutes
conditioner: rice water rinse: 10 minutes

Directions: Get the gel and juice out of the leaf. Put it in the blender. Strain with a sieve. Blend aloe with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Spray hair with water. Apply mask to roots and ends. Put egg on roots to ends. Rinse with lukewarm water. Pour rice water on head and massage scalp gently. Rinse with cold water.

10. hair mask: 1 tablespoon aloe vera,1 tablespoon cocunut oil : 1 hour
shampoo: 1 egg
conditioner: rice water rinse

Directions: Get the gel and juice out of the leaf. Put it in the blender. Strain with a sieve. Blend aloe with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Spray hair with water. Apply mask to roots and ends. Put egg on roots to ends. rinse with lukewarm water. Pour rice water on head and massage scalp gently. Rinse with cold water.

11. hair mask: 1 tablespoon aloe vera,1 tablespoon oil( cocount or olive) : 1 hour
shampoo: 1 egg

Directions: Get the gel and juice out of the leaf. Put it in the blender. Strain with a sieve. Blend aloe with 1 tablespoon of coconut or olive oil. Spray hair with water. Apply mask to roots and ends. Put egg on roots to ends. rinse with lukewarm water.

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Livnam says January 6, 2017

Hi Minaz. If I use 1 egg and 1 teaspoon olive oil, do I need to use a leave-in conditioner afterwards? I only have coconut oil in the house but will buy almond oil when i get money soon.

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says January 7, 2017

    Hi Livnam, hopefully not. You can try using olive oil or any cooking oil as a leave-in conditioner.

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lowlow says October 31, 2016

Hi, I’m 21 this year, had little hair throughout my whole life and a
series of other issues like itchy scalp,dandruff(went away on its own) and excess sebum production. It was only recently that I decide to do something about it because I
was tired of my scalp showing so easily plus the excess shedding. Recently, I changed my shampoo
and my scalp began to itch like crazy. The shampoo I used before was a
herbal shampoo which made my hair nice and clean my scalp quite well.
After doing some research, I think my scalp was reacting to the
chemicals used(sulfate). Looking back, this shampoo problem may have
been the start of my hair problems when i was a child and not any deficiencies I assumed earlier as I am generally healthy except for my hair problem. Hence, I decided to slowly go shampoo free and in the meantime find something that has no sulfate. I also have been using ginger and apple cider vinegar which helped with the itchiness and the excess sebum production. For the ginger, I have not used it long enough to see any regrowth but it definitely made my baby hair on my forehead grow quite a bit,which is encouraging to see. I have also been taking more vitamins and more veggies. I am also trying nail rubbing,which i had to reduce the time unfortunately as it caused my heart to palpitate. I am planning to invest in rosemary soon and amla. I will try out the egg shampoo asap as well. Sorry for the long rant but this website has been a blessing so far. Thank You!

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Teresa says September 23, 2016

Hi,

This may be a silly question but does the egg ever go bad in the shampoo? How long will it store for?

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    Panty Puddles says October 15, 2016

    Of course it will go bad… it’s not difficult to test out a cracked egg and let it sit on your counter for a few days. Science can be fun.

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eggotistical says July 28, 2016

I have been washing my hair with nothing but egg yolk for four months now. My routine is simple, simply separate the yolk and take the cup with it in to the shower where I water wash my hair before scooping egg on my fingers and rubbing it thru my scalp once done I massage it all into the rest of the hair then rinse with cool water. Results squeaky clean, bouncy hair. I do this every Fri night and plait it so next day its free of egg smell and I just brush or puck any egg bits out while plaiting.

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says August 3, 2016

    Yay!! I loved reading this, Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

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    Nonna says September 2, 2016

    Nice suggestion.Does this egg shampoo really works for curly hair??

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Minaz @hairbuddha says July 20, 2016

Try nettle, aloe vera or horsetail herb powder.
Cassia will also add body and golden tint.

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    Sally Sapsford says July 20, 2016

    Wonderful, thanks so much!

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Minaz @hairbuddha says July 20, 2016

It will not change your hair colour. Just don’t add amla, shikakai or henna to the egg shampoo.

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    Sally Sapsford says July 20, 2016

    Is there something else I can include to add thickness? I have very fine hair and I am looking to add thickness (volume). Thanks so much!

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Sally Sapsford says July 20, 2016

Hi, I just found this website today! Can I use this egg shampoo on colour-treated hair? Will it change my colour?

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Rebecca Dalton says June 26, 2016

Hi i’m new to the “no-poo”journey & have found this post very useful, currently experimenting using egg, apple cider vinagar, coconut oil, honey & colloidal oatmeal on me & family. We are going on a cruise next year & i’m looking ahead at what ingredients we may be able to take onboard, don’t want to go back to commercial poo if we can avoid it 🙁 im wondering if anyone has experimented with powdered eggs & how it effected the mix? Thanks!

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Lotte says February 4, 2016

Hi there! Thanks for sharing this great tips for healthy hair! I was wondering if the type of egg you use to wash you hair with makes a difference? If so what egg would be the best one to wash your hair? ( chicken egg, duck egg, goose egg, the one century eggs, etc).

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Sarah says November 26, 2015

Hi i’m new to this website and i’m 16, have curly,thick,frizzy, oily hair and a lot of dandruff. I have stopped using shampoo since july and been using a honey and water mixture, a conditioner and morocco/argan oil after. The honey mixture helped for a while but i think my hairs getting worse. I have a lot of dandruff in my scalp, i only put the conditoner on my ends so I dont think its the conditoner that is damaging my scalp. Then i use a quarter size amount of morroco/ argan oil on my ends use the little remainder on the top of my head so it doesnt get to frizzy. Should i try this mixture, the ree-shi shampoo, baking soda, clay, or maybe a henna gloss? Or if you have any other suggestions that would be great! I really want to get rid of the dandruff and oil, I also have to wash my hair in hard water. I’m sorry that this is long i just don’t know what to do anymore with my hair 🙁 Thanks so much for your help!

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says November 30, 2015

    Hi, use egg shampoo with shikakai and amla. You can also try ree-shi shampoo or henna gloss.

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Jen B says November 5, 2015

I don’t quite understand the directions…..should I rinse the egg out of my hair afterwards? I have very greasy hair (it’s not exactly coarse or fine, and it’s normal thickness but very frizzy.) Any recommendations?

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says November 6, 2015

    Rinse it out..

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    Rae says March 21, 2016

    I have super oily hair naturally but the egg shampoo saved my hair. When I first started I would use the entire egg, but as time went on I’ve found sometimes I only need the yolk.

    Make sure to rinse it out with COLD water, and as tempting as it may be do not brush your hair until it is dry. It will feel like a mess when wet but will come untangled surprisingly easy once it dries. Also, add some essential oils of your choice to counteract the smell. Seriously I wish I tried this years ago

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Liz says September 15, 2015

Hi Minaz,
I started using egg washes about 6 weeks ago now. I have recently found it leaving my hair feeling waxy and not quite clean and i end up having to wash with soda to finally get relief. I was wandering what might be causing this. I do two eggs, 1-3 drops peppermint oil, and follow with an ACV rinse. I put coconut oil on the bottom of my hair when i get out. My crown is where im getting this waxy heavy feeling. My hair is waist length and wavy. Thanks for your help.
Liz

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says September 15, 2015

    Hi Liz,

    Skip peppermint oil.

    And try adding shikakai and amla powder – this helps me.

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    Liz says September 16, 2015

    Thanks! I have some whole amla. Ive been waiting for my reetha and shikakai for 6 weeks as i couldn’t find anywhere local to buy it. Would i be able to possibly crush the amla to use it? In a blender maybe? I truly appreciate your response, i wouldnt have been brave enough to try no-poo without this site.

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says September 18, 2015

    Grinding them won’t be easy. Instead, make a strong decoction and use that after the egg wash.

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Julie R Salazar says April 2, 2015

Sounds delicious, have been using egg treatments for hair strength, growth and shine, the results have been beneficial for overall healthy hair. Great input thanks!

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Lilac says March 28, 2015

Protein treatments like coconut oil make my hair feel dry and coarse. Would this do the same. Thanks

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Laila says March 28, 2015

I don’t have henna or cassia, can it be left out? Are there any substitute? Can it be substituted with bentonite clay? Thanks

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says March 28, 2015

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