How to do an egg shampoo

Is it just me, or does that title sound a little pompous?  As if my way were the only way, or the best way.  Well, maybe it is, but you and I don’t know that for sure.  Maybe I should have said, “How I do an egg shampoo.”  But then it sounds as if I don’t know what I’m doing and that could damage my reputation because we all know that I know it all.

That’s why you read my blog, right?  So you can be more like me?  I’m just kidding.  I know the truth.  When you’re having a bad day, you know you can always pop over here and read about my own days gone awry.  Poop, vomit, car trouble, water woes, kids you want to flush down the toilet: whatever your problem du jour is, there’s a fair chance we’ve had it worse.  Then you’ll feel better.  You know it’s true.

Anyway, I wanted to give you an update on my shampoo-free adventure.  I still can’t bring myself to say no-poo with a straight face, but you knew what I meant.

Parker was born during my baking soda and vinegar period.  After he was born, my hair seemed to change.  It got more and more oily, and the baking soda – even when added to boiled water - just didn’t seem to get it as clean as it used to.  I experimented with the amount of vinegar in my rinse, but just couldn’t get my hair to feel the way I wanted.

I didn’t want to go back to my old hair: flaky all the time and visibly oily within 24 hours of shampooing.  I started shampooing again, but this time I used just a dab on the crown every 3 days or so.  My hair never really felt clean, but I never let it get too oily either.  It was a delicate balance and I wasn’t entirely satisfied but it was the best I could think of.

After a month or two, I remembered my egg shampoo and switched back to that.  Back when I was trying to get my scalp to adjust to life without shampoo, I had worried that using an egg shampoo would be a setback.  This time, I looked forward to the results.

An egg with a bit of vinegar every 3 days left my hair soft and clean and kept my scalp healthy.  The only downside was that it was difficult to rinse thoroughly enough, especially if you like your shower nice and hot like I do.  Invariably, I found bits of egg white left in my hair.  They combed out easily enough, but still it was a little unsettling to say the least.

I finally stumbled across  the answer to that little problems in an email forwarded by a friend.  It was one of those “how times have changed” emails, contrasting everyday life today with that of 100 years ago.  One item in the list: women used to wash their hair once a month with egg yolk and borax.

I’m not ready for once a month washing and I know nothing about borax so I’m not about to put it in my hair.  But egg yolk?  No white, just yolk?  As Homer Simpson used to say, “Doh!”  Maybe he still says it.  Homer and I parted ways years ago, though I can’t help but remember him with some fondness.

Egg shampoo may not be frugal if you have to buy your eggs, but the feathered members of our family are producing well so that’s not a problem here.  I love my hair now.  Here’s what I do every 3 or 4 days:

Egg shampoo

  1. Crack one or two eggs, separating the yolk(s) into a cup.  Save the white for baking, breakfast, or a deserving dog.
  2. Add 1-2 tsp. of vinegar or lemon juice.  Add a bit of water if desired for a thinner mixture.  Mix with a fork.
  3. Wet hair thoroughly.
  4. Work egg mixture into scalp, massaging gently and thoroughly with fingertips.
  5. Wait a minute or two for the egg yolk to “capture” the oils, then rinse completely.

You shouldn’t need additional conditioner, as the vinegar accomplishes this.  In fact, I have found that even in dry winter weather this leaves my hair better conditioned and less static-y than the high dollar shampoos/conditioners that some of my daughters insist on buying for their personal use.  I only snitch those when the girls leave them in the shower and I forgot to prepare my egg yolk.  It’s ok.  I don’t think they read my blog.

Comments

  1. Hi! Does this work on scanty hair and does it in anyway lessen hair fall?

  2. Thank you for this post! I’m eight weeks into no poo and have been using baking soda and apple cider vinegar with not so great results. My hair has been looking terrible and I was looking for another solution. I just tried your egg shampoo and it worked! My hair looks and feels great. Thanks so much!

  3. Hello :)
    This might be a silly question, but does it make a difference if it is apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar?
    Thank you

    • Christy, I don’t think it’s a silly question at all. Either will work but I think apple cider vinegar is gentler and has a milder scent so most people prefer it. If cost is important, white vinegar is usually much cheaper.

  4. Ok, thank you SO much for this! I have been using baking soda and ASV for 2 1/2 months now and all the sudden my hair has this gross “build up” feeling. It doesn’t feel clean or conditioned. I have used this egg mixture as a deep conditioner (leaving in for 20 minutes before rinsing), but I just tried it as a wash. OH MY GOODNESS, my hair FINALLY feels right! As soon as I started to rinse I could tell it did the jog. Thanks so much, this will be my new shampoo/conditioner!

  5. I use soap from a local soap maker (http://www.oregonsoapshoppe.com/shop/). This is a body soap that can also be used on hair. I have hard water and don’t even use a vinegar rinse. My hair is super soft and smells so yummy!

  6. KIM!
    Thank you so much for this recipe. My daughter struggles seriously with oily hair, even after she washes it. I made this up for her the day you posted it and now her hair is absolutely gorgeous!

    She is thrilles! Thanks so much for sharing your shampoo woes and wins with us. It has been very helpful. I am going to try it next for myself.
    Kris

  7. I was wondering: does this work with dandruff and very oily hair? Since I had my first child 10 years ago, I had been able to get away with washing my hair every 2 or 3 days. But since this little one is on the way, (#7) my hair gets a nice oil slick on it 12 hours after it’s washed! And my scalp gets very itchy, as well. I use Suave professionals, so it’s not the pricey stuff, but still…if I could use something that I already have on hand (we own a catering business, so we always have eggs!), that would be nice. Plus, saving some pennies is good too.

  8. I think I’ll try this. It can’t get much worse than rinsing your mouth with a tablespoon of baking soda and a little water after eating during the day (I heard that it neutralizes the bacteria and prevents cavities………and after being scared away from fluoride, I was desperate)…….and now, I don’t only not mind it, I actually enjoy it. (though, yes, it was gross at first.) ;)
    So eggs in my hair can’t be that bad! :D

  9. *makes mental note of this*
    Rambling question… which part of the egg smells “egg-ish?” I ask, because when I did an egg shampoo (back when i started no-poo), I smelled the egg in my hair for 2 days after. Maybe it was the egg white left in the hair? Does your hair smell egg-ish?

    • I don’t think my hair smells egg-y now, though it did when I used the whole egg. It does seem to me that egg white is the part that gives off a sulfurous odor when cooked. Let me know when you try it out!

  10. Sounds like Hollandaise Shampoo ; )

  11. I know Natalie doesn’t recommend the shampoo bars for hard water, but I have hard water and I do fine by just using the vinegar rinse. I will never use regular shampoo again. I’ve also tried the baking soda, but I do much better with the shampoo bars – much better.

  12. My Honey and Hops Shampoo and Body bar is full of egg yolks…and beer too. But that’s OK…because you are Presbyterian, right? ; )

  13. You should try the Apple Valley Natural Soap Shampoo bars (with a vinegar rinse).

  14. When I saw the title of this post I was all – why in the world would you shampoo eggs? lol.

  15. I remember my grandma washing my hair when I was little, only her recipe was even simpler.

    1. Lean young, complaining granddaughter over kitchen sink.
    2. Crack an egg over her head, rub it in, rinse it out.
    3. Tell granddaughter to go collect more eggs for supper.

    I’m not sure what effect it had on my hair, but it sure stuck in my memory. :)

  16. I have got to try this! I generally use bars of handmade soap and a vinegar/herb rinse every 3-4 days. This sounds like it’s worth a shot! I’ve heard that egg is so good for your scalp.

  17. I had been doing no-poo and loved it but my pregnancy put a stop to that. It wasn’t that it didn’t work, but after a hard day of “morning” sickness, I would really feel like I needed to wash my hair. Then post-baby, my hair changed and I have yet to recover from it. I’ll be trying this.

  18. how often do you do this?

    • I edited the post to mention that I do it every 3 or 4 days. I have found that my hair looks and feels good for 2 days. The 3rd day is questionable so I usually put it up. I only go for 4 if I’m staying home; I do that because I want to see if my scalp will continue to adjust gradually, but for now 3 days seems to be optimum for my hair.

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