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:
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.
Optional add-ins (You can use one or more)
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.
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.
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… 🙂
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:
These rinses will not only take out the smell, but they will also nourish and add amazing shine to your hair.
Eggs contain a lot of protein, which some hair types love, and others hate.
Yes, your hair is made of protein, but too much is not good. Protein builds up on the hair strands and makes 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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