I knew I was taking a chance, but this wasn’t really what I expected.
A reader shared a link for some natural ways to clean hair and mentioned the egg shampoo method. Don’t cringe or apologize, Jane. I’m a big girl. I hold myself responsible for the current state of my hair.
“Egg shampoo?” says I. I remember that egg yolk acts as an emulsifier (I’m a homeschooler, I am). When making homemade mayo, egg yolk surrounds the particles of oil and suspends them, turning pure veggie oil into rich creamy mayo with no nasty oil left behind. Maybe egg shampoo will emulsify some of the oil in my hair?
I tried it. Even though I have long thick hair, I used just one egg with a glub of lemon juice. I didn’t want to overdo it and strip one area of my hair, so I diluted it with some water. I sloshed the slimy mess over my hair, gave a quick scrub to distribute it, and rinsed it out. I was extra motivated by the fact that the instructions said to rinse with warm, not hot water. My bathroom was cold, not warm. Warm water + cold bathroom = me in a big hurry.
While we’re doing math, let’s try another. 1 egg is greater than or equal to the amount of emulsification necessary to remove 2 weeks’ worth of oil from my hair.
My hair is clean. Just like that, all clean. Soft, shiny, un-oily. Who ever knew you could get results like this without a bottle full of unutterable chemicals?
Wow. Now what?
I’m not calling it quits – why would I? – but I’m really curious how Round 2 will go.
At the risk of looking narcissistic, I am adding photos of my hair after the egg shampoo. This is at the request of a reader. Really, if I were so narcissistic wouldn’t I at least know how to spell the word? Anyway, back at Christmas, for the first time in my entire life I got a really good haircut from a pro whose prices prove that he’s really good. I honestly think I got my money’s worth, and I want pictures to help me remember.
Whoa! That was scary. Hair is creepy if you look too close, isn’t it? But I’ll bet you believe me now about the dandruff being gone. And you probably noticed a few white hairs too, didn’t you? You were just too polite to say anything. Believe me, there’s more where they came from.
Let’s back off a little for the next shot, shall we?
See? No oilies now. Thank you, egg shampoo.
No chunky hair, in spite of the fact that I haven’t shampooed with, well, shampoo in 2 weeks. Of course, the dog hasn’t had a shampoo in months but we’re not talking about her hair.
And just for fun, and maybe because I do have a touch of narcis – narcissism? Um, vanity, here’s an action shot:
I have to admit I missed my swirly, twirly hair the last 2 weeks.