One of the things I often miss when making my own skin and hair care product is the fact that the products don’t always act the same way as store-bought products do. Baking soda and apple cider vinegar might make my hair super clean and softer than any shampoo ever has, but it doesn’t foam, and thus it doesn’t feel like a shampoo. An olive oil-sugar body scrub cleanses your body just like soap, only it doesn’t dry you out at all, but again… where’s the foam? I guess we’ve gotten so used to the fact that something has to foam to be cleansing, but it really doesn’t. The foaming ingredient is usually one of the worst ingredients in a cosmetic product, and will only dry out skin and hair.
But there are exceptions, and this wonderful, easy hair mousse recipe is one of them, and that’s one of the things that I absolutely love about it. It looks like a hair mousse, it feels like a hair mousse and it works like a hair mousse! The only thing you need for this is one egg and a beater. You heard me – egg, and nothing else.
Egg whites contain loads of protein, that will strengthen your hair. It’s a great treatment for oily hair, adds shine and moisture. So using this recipe will only make your hair better! And making it is really simple too:
Egg white hair mousse
Take one egg and separate the yolk from the white. The best way to do this is by shifting the egg between the halves back and forth, letting the white drop down into a bowl, until you have only the yolk left in the shell. (save the yolk for later – I’ll give you a few tips on what you can do with that in a short while).
Then, beat the egg white for a couple of minutes. It should have a stiff white consistency, a bit like… you guessed it – hair mousse. Try turning the bowl upside down to see that it doesn’t run or even move. Then you’re done! Apply to damp hair and style as usual. That’s it! One egg white was enough for two uses for my medium-length hair. The only downside to this recipe is that it’s best when used straight away, so you can’t really make a bunch and save it for later.
And now you have the egg yolk left – and what to do with it? There’s actually heaps of things you can use egg yolk for. The egg yolk contains most of the egg’s fats, and is a good treatment for dry hair and skin. It also contains a lot of vitamin A, which your skin really needs, and is said to be a good treatment for aging skin. Here’s a few tips on how to use the yolk that are much more fun than an omelette:
You can make an egg shampoo using only the egg yolk, or mix the egg yolk with another whole egg if you need more. The easiest way is to just rub the egg yolk into your wet hair and scalp, let sit a couple of minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water (avoid really hot water! scrambled egg warning). Obviously, you should do this before you apply the hair mousse 🙂
Like I mentioned, egg yolks are good for treating dry and aging skin. The easiest face mask with egg yolk is to simply apply some egg yolk straight to your face, leave on for about 15 minutes, and then rinse off. You can add a few drops of essential oil, if you like. For an even more nourishing treatment, try one of these two recipes:
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 5 drops of essential oil of your choice
Combine ingredients, leave on face for 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. By the way, you can use this as a shampoo too, if you like!
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tbs yoghurt
Combine ingredients, leave on face for 15 minutes. This is a mild face mask that’s great for sensitive, dry skin.
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