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Last week, when I wrote Old School Beauty, I promised I would write-up the recipe for the Egg Shampoo I found in my Grandmother’s 1938 Cosmetology book.
An Egg Shampoo cleanses the scalp, but doesn’t strip the natural oils from the hair and scalp. Typically, it is/was used on dry, brittle, bleached, and over-processed hair…and where there are signs of scalp irritation. Here is the recipe:
Take 2 or 3 eggs, depending on the thickness and length of the hair. Separate the yolks from the whites. Stir the yolks until they are blended. Beat the whites to a froth. Pur the yolks of the eggs into the whites, then blend together with your hand. Wet the hair with tepid water and squeeze out the excess moisture with the hands. Apply half of the egg mixture to the hair by dipping the hand into the bowl, scoop up a handful, and massage with the hand in a cup-shaped position. Rotate with the cup-shaped hand until suction is formed. Then, rinse the head with tepid water. Repeat, using the remaining mixture. Now, remove the egg mixture with tepid or cool water so the egg does not congeal. After the hair has been thoroughly rinsed, dry and dress as desired.
I can see where this could be cleansing and nourishing at the same time. Egg whites are great for the skin, and egg yolks are very nourishing/moisturizing because of their fat content. I love home recipes for beauty, but much like the gasoline shampoo I wrote about last week, I am thinking this is another one that will stay in the book…or in 1938. I will admit, I am big on texture…things like raw eggs, oatmeal, bread pudding, etc. kind of gross me out. If a shampoo recipe has the possibility to congeal on my head…thanks, but no thanks.
Loving this old Cosmetology book, more to come! Have you heard of, or tried, an Egg Shampoo? I want to hear about it!
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