I tried the Victorian ‘Hair Wash For Thick, Soft And Glossy Hair’. This hair wash is a bit more complicated than other Victorian homemade shampoos I tried because it involves a 2-step hair cleansing process: First washing the hair with boiled wheat bran and soap, and then washing the hair with an egg yolk. But because the hair wash was advertised as producing thick, soft and glossy hair, I had to try it. 😀
- 2 or 3 tbsp wheat bran
- 1/2 quart water
- 1 tsp grated castile soap
- 1 egg yolk
Tie the wheat bran into a piece of muslin.
It’s easy to make homemade wheat bran – here you’ll find how I made my own bran for the shampoo.
Boil bran and water for about 30 minutes. Remove the bran. Add grated castile soap and let the solution cool.
Lightly beat an egg yolk.
Dip the washcloth into the bran solution and ‘wash your head with it thoroughly, dividing or parting aside the hair all over so as to reach the roots.’ (The Woman’s Own Book of Toilet Secrets, ca. 1896) Squeeze out excess moisture. Take the lightly beaten egg yolk ‘and with your fingers rub it well into the roots of the hair.’ Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse the hair thoroughly with cold water.
When I read the recipe, I thought this Victorian shampoo is just called ‘for soft, thick and glossy hair’ – just advertising! 😉 But after I tried it, my hair really is fluffy and shiny, and feels very soft. And the hair is as clean as if I’d used commercial shampoo – but the hair feels less dry than after commercial shampoo. Yay! 😀 Even if the shampoo takes a bit more effort than other DIY shampoos, unexpectedly I really liked this shampoo: it’s one of the best homemade shampoos I tried. The bran-egg-shampoo cleans the hair better than just egg and soap or bran alone. And to wash the hair with a washcloth is a good technique for watery homemade shampoos which otherwise is difficult to distribute in the hair, such as this salt shampoo. I’ll definitely make this Victorian shampoo again! 😀