I tried an egg wash Wednesday. And I'm not talking about giving the pie crust or the top of my bread an egg wash to make them shiny.
I washed my hair with an egg yolk. Some women with beautiful, long hair swear by it. My father-in-law's fiancée said she washed with eggs as a little girl. I was skeptical, but since Jim was out of town, I decided to try it. I mixed an egg yolk with a little warm water, dumped it on my head and scrubbed. It smelled like uncooked egg, which I don't like. I rinsed with warm water. I rinsed some more. I could still smell egg. I rinsed some more. Then I thought it must be my imagination. It kind of smelled like wet dog, but I cleaned a house with 3 dogs today. I washed my body really well with Dove to get rid of the dog smell, rinsed my hair some more, then continued with my usual hair care. I did my regular vinegar rinse and then used Suave Naturals Coconut, which I think smells yummy. I rinsed really well after both of these steps. I still smelled the yolk/wet dog smell. I figured it must be my little prep bowl. I washed that out, and rinsed my hair some more. I figured any lingering smell must be in the room.
I got out of the shower and dried my hair. The ends still feel like straw, but maybe a tiny bit better. I didn't have as many flyaways (from all the breakage) as I do with baking soda (which is still less than with shampoo). I almost put some olive oil in while wet to moisturize the ends, but decided not to ruin my egg wash experiment.
All was fine till I got to the girls' school to pick them up (about an hour later). I smelled the yucky smell again. I hoped it was my imagination and asked all three kids to smell my hair. They all said, "ew." I kept my hair up for a couple days so I wouldn't catch a whiff anymore. When it was completely dry it wasn't bad unless you stuck your nose in it, but I don't want to get intimate with my husband and have a stinky head.
Since my hair doesn't love the egg wash much better than the baking soda, why waste an egg AND smell horrible. I think I'll try something else next time. Maybe I'll stick to my baking soda wash and just put a little EVOO on the ends afterwards when its dry. My hair is nearing my lower back, and hasn't had a trim in a year. I used harsh shampoos until this spring, so I hope my hair will someday recover without too much chopping. Jim loves long hair and I have been told by many I look best with long hair.
Maybe someday I'll post some pictures of me after my first Locks of Love donation and you can vote on which looks best.