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My bathroom smells like breakfast at Starbucks. So does my hair.

You guessed it – I tested homemade honey egg shampoo for the third time.

Let’s recap.

After the first trial, my hair smelled like raw eggs until I washed it again a few days later. Other than that, I was absolutely stunned by the look and feel of my hair. So soft and shiny and all-around dreamy. *sigh*

The second time I tried it, I mixed 1 tsp each of instant espresso and cinnamon into the honey-egg-mixture before adding the lemon juice. One of these ingredients made me feel like my scalp had been ripped open and covered in coarse salt which a crew of tiny sadists kept rubbing into my head. It gave me itchy burning hell for the next couple of days. Other than that, I was still stoked about the way my hair looked and felt.

I initially thought it was the coffee that gave me all that painful grief. So I did not dare try it again with the odor-expunging yet presumably scalp-wrenching espresso in it, but neither did I relish the prospect of walking in a cloud of scrambled egg-smell for days. This was quite the predicament and made me resort to heavily diluted commercial shampoo for a while.

But then, one glorious day, Marzia kindly pointed out in her comment that the scalp crazing ingredient was most likely the cinnamon, more precisely the amount of it I had added. I hadn’t even noticed the dramatic increase in cinnamon from trial 1 to trial 2. Durr.

So today, I’m trying it again, without the cinnamon. Instead, I added powdered ginger.

Why? Well. I pulled it out of my spice cabinet thinking it was cinnamon, went “hm” upon noticing my mistake, did a quick google search, and found out that ginger juice is supposed to help with hair loss (as in against hair loss). I don’t suffer from a whole lot of hair loss, but I reasoned that at least it would do no harm to my scalp. And in it went, because, and I’ve mentioned this before, I can never leave well enough alone.

So I applied the following to my wet scalp:

1 egg

1 tsp instant espresso

1/2 tsp powdered ginger

1 tsp honey

> scrambled with a fork, then mixed with

4 tsp lemon juice


So far, and it’s been on my head for five minutes already, I haven’t detected any itching or burning like I experienced last time shortly after applying the shampoo.

25 minutes later…

Still no pain or anything. Not even slight discomfort. Heading into the shower to rinse it out with cold-ish water (so as not to have to pick scrambled egg out of my hair).

After a four minute rinse

Taking stock:

Smell – mostly coffee with the sliiiightest undertone of egg *eek*

Hair feel – alright, I guess. It’s still drying, but felt really soft with water streaming through it

Look – all good. Seems a little darker than usual.

Scalp – yup. Scalp’s still there and the tiny sadists with the salt haven’t shown up yet.

The next day

My scalp is all good, the egg smell has almost completely gone, and my hair is soft and shiny and gorgeous.

I’m thinking this is the one!

8 days later

Okay, I hope you don’t think this is gross, but today I really need to wash my hair again.  😯

I have used a boar bristle brush every other day over the last week, but haven’t washed my hair since last week’s HEGELS (honey, egg, ginger, espresso, and lemon shampoo).

I used to think that I’m simply not one of those people who can go for days on end without washing their hair without either going crazy or becoming a little bit disgusting (or all of the above), but I have to say – I’m none of those things today!

I hope.

Maybe some days, but not today.

Yes, I really need to wash my hair, and I will. But it’s not as smelly as it sometimes was after going for three days without washing it. It smells a little like wet wool.

Also, no dry or itchy scalp yet. That is usually a problem after two or three days, tops.

I’m amazed!

Since I don’t have any ingredients for it handy, I’ll wash my hair with regular shampoo. I wonder if the positive effects of HES keep on keepin’ on afterwards.

10 days later

They don’t.

Need to go back to Honey Egg Shampoo as quickly as possible!

3 Responses to Honey Egg Shampoo III – A Success Story

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  • angie says:

    So I used this recipe today and really like how soft my hair is! Plus it made it less frizzy than normal, which even very expensive natural conditioners and shampoos have failed at. I’m just wondering since you posted this a year ago if you’ve continued to use this and how it’s treated you? Have you replaced conventional shampoo or do you have to alternate it with the regular stuff? I hope to use this again the next time I need to wash my hair but I’m a little nervous that my hair will get weird if I try it two times in a row- but I also would like to ditch the bottle of shampoo all together if possible. Oh and btw, if you ever think to yourself, “wow, I bet I could just recycle my espresso grounds from my morning cappuccino and put it in this recipe.” Stop. Do NOT do it. Unless you want to be strenuously rinsing tiny coffee grounds from your hair for 15 minutes and then rinsing them off your shower curtain and wall for another 5.

  • admin says:

    Hi Angie, thanks for stopping by! 🙂
    Well, out of sheer laziness and lack of time I usually wash my hair with regular, diluted shampoo and conditioner, but my scalp and hair are actually at their best when I use some form of Honey Egg Shampoo.
    I do know that there are people out there who use this every time they wash their hair, and my only reason for not doing that is lack of time.
    So if you do have the 20 minutes to spare, I say go for it! 🙂

    And thanks for the tip with the coffee grounds! I won’t touch them, promise! 😉

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