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:
- Crack one or two eggs, separating the yolk(s) into a cup. Save the white for baking, breakfast, or a deserving dog.
- Add 1-2 tsp. of vinegar or lemon juice. Add a bit of water if desired for a thinner mixture. Mix with a fork.
- Wet hair thoroughly.
- Work egg mixture into scalp, massaging gently and thoroughly with fingertips.
- 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.