The No Poo movement uses many natural ingredients to effectively cleanse hair. Having a No Poo egg wash recipe in your regular routine will help to keep your hair strong and healthy.
No Poo recipes use natural ingredients to keep your hair healthy and clean. Baking soda and Apple cider vinegar are probably the most used, but to add moisture and strength an egg wash is one of the most important. Eggs can be used on their own, or with other ingredients depending on the result required.
Eggs may not seem the obvious answer to keeping your hair shiny and clean, but the number of recipes containing egg is growing in the No Poo movement.
Did you know that eggs have many benefits for the health of your hair and scalp and with the addition of a few drops of essential oil, you need not worry about an eggy smell?
There are so many different egg recipes, plus so many other ingredients that can be added to a No Poo egg wash that I thought I’d share my favorites with you.
No Poo Egg Wash Recipe
The No Poo method leaves behind traditional shampoos that contain sulfates and silicons, in favor of natural products that are more friendly to your hair and to the environment.
‘Poo free shampoo comes in many forms, from DIY home recipes to commercially available No Poo washes.
In the No Poo movement, there is no one ‘right’ way, and different combinations of ingredients are always being suggested for clean and healthy hair.
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar are probably the best known and most used ways of cleaning your hair using a No Poo approach.
Eggs are beneficial to your hair though, as they add moisture and strength. Using eggs adds protein to your hair which can make your hair more voluminous.
One of the best tips I can give when using an egg wash recipe in No Poo is to only use lukewarm or cold water when rinsing out your hair.
Using hot water may leave you with solid lumps in your hair that are difficult to remove!
1. Egg Wash With Lemon And Honey Recipe
There are many good egg recipes available.
But, I like to keep things simple as I think that you have more chance of enjoying your No Poo journey if you don’t have to spend hours making a poo-free shampoo before every wash.
My current favorite is an egg wash with lemon juice and honey:
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp honey
Mix these ingredients together and then massage into hair that has been wet with cold water.
The great thing about this recipe is that it only takes two minutes to whip up and you only need to leave the mixture in your hair for a couple of minutes before washing it out with cold water.
You can also add fresh herbs like rosemary for dandruff or peppermint for an oily scalp.
You can also add essential oils in addition or instead of herbs, or use a herb rinse after the egg wash, depending upon what you want to achieve with your hair.
2. Egg And Yoghurt Mask
The possibilities are endless and there’s a recipe for you just waiting to be discovered.
I love cleansing my hair with egg and yogurt masks.
Here’s how to do it:
- Simply mix one whisked egg with two spoonfuls of natural unflavored yogurt.
- Dampen your hair and divide it into sections so that it’s easier to get the mixture all over and through your hair.
- Leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes and then rinse out with cool water.
- Leave your hair to dry naturally and voila, beautifully strengthened and moisturized hair (source 1,2).
The pH of an egg is around 6, which is a great deal closer to your scalp and hair pH than either baking soda or apple cider vinegar!
As eggs are not as abrasive as baking soda, it is kinder to your hair over the long term and will reduce the possibility of your scalp drying out, as can occur when using baking soda and ACV washes (source 1).
The one thing that ACV and eggs have in common, however, is that they may leave your hair with a subtle scent unless rinsed out thoroughly with water.
One way to make sure that your hair always smells great no matter what method you use is to add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil to the wash or do a final rinse with herbal water.
To make your own herbal water, and take your hair to the next level:
- Choose some fresh herb/s that you like
- Boil herbs for 10 minutes in water
- Drain the mixture, removing the boiled herbs
- Let liquid cool
- Rinse hair with herbal water!
Not only will it look and feel healthy and well looked after, but it will also smell amazing too.
Benefits Of Applying Egg On Hair
Eggs are wonderful health food that contains trace amounts of almost every vitamin we need. When we add an egg wash to our No Poo routine our hair will be left looking and feeling wonderfully healthy and nourished (source 1).
One of the best things about a No Poo egg wash is that it’s simple, quick, and effective. Many people have found that by using egg washes they can leave their hair without further treatment for up to a week or even longer.
When you’re thinking of choosing a new recipe or new method for cleansing your hair you’ll always want to know how each ingredient is going to work so that you know it’ll be good for the type of hair that you have.
Although egg washes can be beneficial to everyone, they work best for oily, fine and porous hair (source 1).
I’m often asked if egg masks really work for hair though, and my answer is always the same; everyone’s hair is different, and what works well for one person may not be as effective for someone else, but what have you got to lose by trying?
One of the key reasons I follow a No Poo haircare way of life is that No Poo recipes are natural and environmentally friendly. If one recipe doesn’t work, then there are another 10 or more that will work for you.
The table below lists the benefits of using egg on your hair:
|Volume||Eggs can make your hair |
|Protein||The protein in eggs can |
make your hair stronger
and less prone to breakage
|Growth||Eggs are said to be good at |
stimulating the scalp, thereby
supporting hair growth
|Eggs can improve the |
elasticity of your hair as they
contain lutein which may
reduce the likelihood of split
|Shine||The moisturizing properties of |
egg means that your hair is
thoroughly nourished and shiny
|Texture||Another benefit of the |
moisturizing nature of
eggs are that they can help
improve the texture of your
Side Effects Of Applying Egg On Hair
Whilst there are many positives of No Poo egg wash recipes for the health of your hair, some individuals may experience side effects of apply egg on their hair.
Before starting, I recommend you work out what the porosity level of your hair is.
It is important to know the porosity of your hair when choosing other No Poo recipes, but will also be beneficial to know before choosing an egg wash.
For some, using the whole egg works for their hair type. For others, using either only the yolk or only the white will work best for their hair type and needs.
Your hair type will also determine how often you can use an egg wash on your hair.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, that if you use egg washes too often you may experience some negative side effects:
Eggs are potential allergens.
Before using an egg wash you should carry out an allergy test in case of contact dermatitis.
Whilst unlikely, it is sensible to do a patch test 24 hours before just to check that your skin is not sensitive
2. Eye Irritation
Be careful when applying your egg wash, and rinsing your egg wash out.
It is important that the egg does not enter and irritate your eyes.
If you tip your head back whilst rinsing you should not have any problems.
Too many egg washes could leave your hair stiff and brittle because eggs contain protein. This is especially true for low porosity hair.
Try not to use eggs more than twice a month.
If stiffness becomes a problem then use a deep conditioning mask to restore your hairs healthy appearance
4. Scrambled Egg
If the water that you use when egg washing your hair is too warm then you may ‘cook’ the egg leaving chunks in your hair that is difficult to remove!
Rinsing your hair absolutely thoroughly is a must, otherwise, when your hair dries you will notice an unpleasant smell that will linger.
How To Apply The No Poo Egg Wash
There are many ways to apply the No Poo egg wash, and everyone finds a way that works best for them and their hair.
Other ingredients can be added to the mixture depending upon your hair’s needs.
For example, using honey helps to increase moisturizing, whereas rosemary is great for dandruff sufferers.
A drop or two of essential oil will also benefit your scalp and leave your hair smelling and looking beautiful.
I’ve listed below the general instructions and noted some alternatives. Use whichever works for you and the result will be wonderfully voluminous and healthy hair:
1. Wet Hair
An egg wash can be used on dry hair but it is easier to massage into wet hair
Use cool water to dampen your hair and comb through into sections.
Mix two eggs with two spoons of lemon juice and one spoon of honey.
Use just the yolk for vitamins, or just the white for protein.
Massage the egg wash through each section of your hair and leave on for 2 minutes.
You can leave the mask on for up to 20 minutes.
Rinse through with cool water.
Always use cold water and not warm or hot, otherwise, you may risk cooking the egg and leaving chunks in your hair that will be difficult to remove!
5. Acid Rinse
A further acid rinse can be used but is not necessary (source 1).
How Often Can I Clean My Hair With Egg Wash?
There is conflicting advice on how often you can clean your hair using a No Poo egg wash recipe.
Some people suggest no more than twice a month, whilst others say you should start with three times a week, then reduce the frequency as these weeks progress (source 1,2).
Personally, I recommend you don’t wash your hair more than 2-3 times a month with an egg wash recipe.
Will My Hair Smell Of Egg Afterwards?
If you rinse your hair fully with cold water there should be no smell of egg once your hair has dried.
For those of you who are concerned about an odor then use a drop or two of essential oil to give your hair a fresh scent.
Which Part Of Egg Is Good For Hair Growth?
The whole egg helps with hair growth; the white contains protein to strengthen your hair, whilst the yolk contains vitamins to help the scalp and new hair.
A banana, egg, and olive oil hair mask will provide all the nutrients and scalp stimulation you need to really promote your hair growth.
Does Egg Mask Make Hair Thicker?
Egg masks are known to make hair more voluminous.
Do eggs thicken hair? … The anecdotal evidence suggests that they do (source 1)
As the egg is also said to lessen hair loss and increase growth, your hair may appear thicker as more strands remain on your head than on your brush (source 1).
Does Egg White Make Hair Dry?
If you use an egg mask too often then you may find that your hair goes stiff and brittle. This is because eggs contain protein and too much protein can be unhealthy for your hair.
The whites of the egg contain protein, so are ideal for oily hair.
The yolk of the egg is far more nourishing and shouldn’t dry out your hair but nourish it completely (source 1).
Can I Use Shampoo After Using Egg On Hair?
The No Poo method does not allow the use of traditional shampoos containing sulfates and silicons. Therefore, using a traditional shampoo should not be used.
A No Poo shampoo can be used, but should not be necessary as the egg wash itself should have cleansed and nourished your hair without the need for any further products.
Can I Use Conditioner After Egg Mask?
Egg washes, especially those that contain honey are nourishing for your hair and you should not need to use any other No Poo conditioner after your egg wash.
When washing or using a mask solely made from the yolk of the egg, rather than the whites, you should find that you do not need to use a conditioning product afterward at all.
The yolk contains all the nourishment your hair could need and the fatty acids and vitamins leave your hair healthy, elastic, and shiny (source 1).
You can use an additional rinse if you wish, such as a camomile flower rinse or a rosemary rinse to add moisture and shine (source 1).
1. Aloe Vera And Honey Conditioner
One of the easiest and best all-around No Poo conditioner recipes is Aloe Vera and honey.
Either scrape the aloe vera gel yourself from fresh aloe vera or buy organic gel from your local health store.
Always use raw honey.
I love this aloe vera and honey conditioner recipe:
- Mix ¼ cup of aloe gel with 2 tablespoons of honey.
- Massage into your hair from your scalp to the tips of your hair.
- Relax for 20 minutes before washing out with warm water.
How Long Will Egg Wash Keep In The Refrigerator?
The length of time you can store an egg wash in the fridge will depend on what other ingredients you have added to it.
There is no reason that it won’t last a couple of days if the mixture is pure egg, and it’s in an airtight container, but as it takes less than a couple of minutes to make fresh I would opt for fresh every time.
Can You Freeze Egg Wash?
Eggs, and therefore pure egg wash, can be frozen for later use.
You must use the whole egg though and make sure that you mix it thoroughly before freezing.
Once defrosted give it another whisk and it’s ready to use. If you want to add other ingredients to your egg wash it’s best to add these after thawing rather than before freezing.
When you defrost your egg mixture just leave it out in a bowl in the kitchen.
Do not be tempted to try to defrost in the microwave as the likelihood is that you will end up with a partially cooked egg, and nobody wants to put that in their hair!
Natural Ways To Wash Hair Without Shampoo
The No Poo method has many different recipes to choose from, so choosing what to use if you don’t have egg wash should not be a problem.
Probably the most well-known and popular No Poo wash is baking soda followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Baking soda is used to cleanse the hair with the ACV rinse used to moisturize.
Clay is another respected hair cleanser and can be used as a wash and a mask. Rhassoul clay can be used to wash both your hair and your body (source 1).
The basic No Poo egg wash recipe takes very little effort but can make a huge difference to your hair.
The only thing to remember about using a No Poo egg wash is to use cool or cold water and not to use eggs too frequently.
No Poo Hard Water
Living in a hard water area makes No Poo far more difficult, but not impossible. Fitting a water softener would be ideal, but rinsing with distilled water will be almost as effective.