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Homemade Egg Shampoo: Cleans & Strengthens Your Hair

Homemade Egg Shampoo

 

As a child, I was fascinated by Halo Egg Shampoo advert, in which a lady in a 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.

The 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 these are great for shiny, healthy hair.

I am not sure how much of this gets absorbed in 5 minutes of washing, but it works well as shampoo. It makes your hair clean, shiny and healthy. And minus the harsh detergents and preservatives, which is awesome.

What I like about this shampoo is that it takes off oil from my hair (from pre-wash oiling), but without drying the scalp or hair. Plus 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 Raw Honey (moisturising)
  • 1-2 teaspoon Lime Juice (removes build-up, plus adds shine to your hair)
  • 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)

How to 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, mix them with water to make a paste. And then mix them with the egg. That way the powder ingredients will not form lumps combine well with egg.

~ 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 on dry hair (without wetting it). 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 first wet your hair, then apply the egg shampoo.

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 condition 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… 🙂

Get Rid of Egg Smell (Use Hair Rinse)

Many people find that the egg smell still lingers on in their hair even after thorough rinsing.

To beat the smell, you can try the following options:

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of lime juice or orange juice or apple cider vinegar to one cup of water. Mix well and use this as a final rinse.
  2. You can also rinse your hair with chamomile tea, especially useful for blond hair. Prepare the chamomile tea as you would prepare any herbal tea, let it cool and use as a last rinse.
  3. Other beneficial teas for hair are rosemary/nettle/ hibiscus/shikakai tea.

These rinses will not only take out the smell, but they will also nourish and add amazing shine to your hair.

Don’t Overdo Egg Shampoo

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 egg shampoo 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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71 comments
Suneetha says

Thank you so much for all the valuable tips for healthy hair. I learned a lot of natural options to treat the hair. I am also looking for good Ayurvedic practitioner to help with my health problems. I am from India. If you don’ t mind could you please share Dr. Joshi information like address and phone number. I really appreciate. Thank you.

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Manan says

Hi Minaz, would you say Dabur honey is OK, or is it useless and/or bad in the context of adding to this shampoo? I’m making my second batch, and I want to make it even better.

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    Minaz says

    It’s fine. Keep your next batch refrigerated. Let me know how it works for you.

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Anna says

Hi. Since I have processed/colored hair I have a difficult time of brushing my hair after I use egg yolk. Please let me know if you have any recommendations as to the conditioning my hair for easy brushing. However, as I have oily roots I don’t want to add any extra oil to my scalp. Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks.

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    Minaz says

    What colour is your hair?

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    Anna says

    Blonde.

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    Minaz says

    Use chamomile tea. Make as you would make a herbal tea, let it cool and use after shampoo.

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Yasuo says

Hey, I was wondering if I could use store bought oils on my hair throughout the week? Or will the egg keep me moisturized until my next wash?

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    Minaz says

    Use oils/butters to seal moisture.

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Monisha arora says

Hey ! Actually I was facing a lot of hair fall lately , so I decided to use some homemade shampoo and I used the egg shampoo but my hair fell even more after washing . Can you please some good idea to deal with it ??

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Allison says

I did an egg mask with olive oil and some honey. Afterward, I noticed a tremendous amount of fallout–much more than I usually experience. The ends of my hair also feel dry and brittle, even though my hair type is fine and oily.

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    Minaz says

    Have you used too many protein treatments lately? Your shampoo/hair products contain protein?

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Chaseline says

Hi how can this help my hair

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Urm says

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

    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

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

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Oilver says

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

    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

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

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

    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

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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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Is your hair stiff and dry?

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    Ana Marie says

    No, it doesn’t become stiff and dry.

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Okay, then may be its not protein overload.

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Ana Marie says

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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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi Ana Marie, if you are finding oil difficult to wash out, skip the oil and use no. 2 or 3 serum from this post http://www.hairbuddha.net/hair-growth-serum-thin-weak-falling-hair/

    Then you can apply egg shampoo, and rinse with one of the herbal rinse: http://www.hairbuddha.net/herbal-hair-rinse-recipes/

    Hope this helps

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    Ana Marie says

    So I don’t have the ingredients to do any of the herbal rinses. Is it ok to leave that out until I do? Should a pea sized amount of coconut oil on the ends make it look oily?

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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Yes. It won’t make your hair oily.

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    Ana Marie says

    So i used 1 egg a little bit of aloe and honey. I notice that there’s dust particles on my hair. When I washed everything out it feels soft I just don’t understand why its not completely clean.

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Livnam says

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

    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

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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    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Hi, thanks for sharing your story…
    I am glad you are enjoying hair buddha 🙂

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Teresa says

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

    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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