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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleQuill View Post
    I actually tried it a couple of times (for the lolz), and not on super dirty hair, and my hair loved it. It was the shiniest it'd been in a long while, was swishy, and incredibly silky. The downside was that, despite using damn near freezing water, I was still picking chunks of egg whites out of my length for days afterward. The second time I tried it, those egg whites made me look like I had dandruff (to the point that my husband mentioned it), and I was like. "Well, if you're noticing it, it must be pretty bad." Haven't done it again since. I don't really get why it happened, either. I used completely cold water and rinsed for a good ten minutes, too. I might give it another go at some point if we ever have any unused eggs. There must be a trick to it. I mean, if the ladies with their amazingly long hair (which was NOT necessarily the norm) did it in nothing but a jug and a bowl without the mention of egg chunks, I'm sure I, a modern woman with access to an endless supply of running water, can, too.
    I actually think that the best way to do it is to use only the yolk and not include the egg white, according to some sources. That way it is easier to rinse out. Personally I avoid egg washes because my hair doesn't really do well with protein.

    Edit: actually now when I think about it, it was YEARS ago since I tried the egg wash. I am intrigued to try again to see how my hair reacts. It would be really cool if it worked, because we are getting our own hens this summer, so there would be no lack of eggs.
    Last edited by Fethenwen; February 21st, 2024 at 11:32 AM.

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    I don't know if it's already been shared in this thread, but Sew Historically has some great texts about victorian and edwardian hair care. https://www.sewhistorically.com/vict...-hair-routine/

    Mimi Matthews also share some interesting things. https://www.mimimatthews.com/category/beauty/

    I've tried a lot of different things during the years, but always come back to CO-washing. But I do make my own hair mask, inspired by different cultures, Swedish herbs and historical hair care. It contains stuff like birch leaves (from nordic historical hair care), tea (victorian hair care), fermented rice water (chinese yao culture).

    I wash my hair monthly and use hair combs and a BBB to keep my hair and scalp clean in between. I used to brush more with my BBB, but am using my fine toothet comb more regularly now as I find it to be quicker (after detangling with a wide toothed and medium toothed comb). The fine toothed comb I got from Etsy to try, after watching Snappy Dragons video.

    I also wear hair scarves during the day and have several, so that I can change between them, to keep my hair clean longer and protected. And I sleep with a sleeping cap. I have two, so that I can also wash them when needed.


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    [QUOTE=TatsuOni;4015045]I don't know if it's already been shared in this thread, but Sew Historically has some great texts about victorian and edwardian hair care. https://www.sewhistorically.com/vict...-hair-routine/

    The wording of this website reminded me of this video by The Longhaired Flapper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJo1...dex=218&t=153s

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    Quote Originally Posted by TatsuOni View Post
    I don't know if it's already been shared in this thread, but Sew Historically has some great texts about victorian and edwardian hair care. https://www.sewhistorically.com/vict...-hair-routine/

    Mimi Matthews also share some interesting things. https://www.mimimatthews.com/category/beauty/

    I've tried a lot of different things during the years, but always come back to CO-washing. But I do make my own hair mask, inspired by different cultures, Swedish herbs and historical hair care. It contains stuff like birch leaves (from nordic historical hair care), tea (victorian hair care), fermented rice water (chinese yao culture).

    I wash my hair monthly and use hair combs and a BBB to keep my hair and scalp clean in between. I used to brush more with my BBB, but am using my fine toothet comb more regularly now as I find it to be quicker (after detangling with a wide toothed and medium toothed comb). The fine toothed comb I got from Etsy to try, after watching Snappy Dragons video.

    I also wear hair scarves during the day and have several, so that I can change between them, to keep my hair clean longer and protected. And I sleep with a sleeping cap. I have two, so that I can also wash them when needed.
    Thanks!

    There is actually some really little coins good advice here. This caught my eye:

    "Part your hair down the middle, ‘from forehead to the nape of the neck, and each half then brought over the ear, in order to leave the middle of the head free. The braids should be loose.’ (Health And Beauty Hints, 1910, p. 43) Secure the braids with silk ribbons. ‘I never use either elastic or thread to fasten the ends of the hair, for I think it breaks the hairs, making the ends uneven.’"

    Now, I actually always sleep with my hair up in a bun. It might actually cause a little bit of hair loss or thinning on my forehead because of the tightness of the bun, but I hate having my hair close to my face when I sleep.
    I am willing to try out braids, but I have found that using elastics every night is not a good idea either. But silk ribbons! Sounds lovely
    That could work.

    Edit: I just started googling for silk ribbon I found there are also scrunchies made out of silk, I wonder if those would work just as well? At least those would be easier to use.
    Last edited by Fethenwen; February 23rd, 2024 at 08:53 AM.

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    I haven't been doing the historical hair care, but was reading through a few of the recent posts here. I used to do egg washes occasionally in the past and one thing I remember reading was that if you have oily hair, just use the white. Dry hair, just the yolk and normal hair, the whole egg. And also rinsing thoroughly with cool water prior to putting the egg in, not just when rinsing it out. I don't know if that's helpful at all or maybe it's already been mentioned in one of the links. Anyway, good luck!
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    This is a video I found on YouTube about 1800s African-American haircare:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CHt3osiFy5o

    It's pretty much the only source I've stumbled across that was very informative. If anyone has come across any other videos, articles, or blogs that mentions this subject I would love to see them. Or if anyone has any resources to suggest where I might keep looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fethenwen View Post
    Edit: I just started googling for silk ribbon I found there are also scrunchies made out of silk, I wonder if those would work just as well? At least those would be easier to use.
    Silk scrunchies are amazing. They're the perfect substitute for ribbons. Because they're slippery, they won't cause friction (which means no breakage where you decide to place them), and you can literally slide them right off when you're done wearing them, no pulling on strands (I hate that), or getting caught (I hate that, too).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fethenwen View Post
    Thanks!

    There is actually some really little coins good advice here. This caught my eye:

    "[FONT="]Part your hair down the middle, ‘from forehead to the nape of the neck, and each half then brought over the ear, in order to leave the middle of the head free. The braids should be loose.’ ([/FONT]Health And Beauty Hints, 1910, p. 43[FONT="]) Secure the braids with silk ribbons. ‘I never use either elastic or thread to fasten the ends of the hair, for I think it breaks the hairs, making the ends uneven.’"

    Now, I actually always sleep with my hair up in a bun. It might actually cause a little bit of hair loss or thinning on my forehead because of the tightness of the bun, but I hate having my hair close to my face when I sleep.
    I am willing to try out braids, but I have found that using elastics every night is not a good idea either. But silk ribbons! Sounds lovely [/FONT]
    That could work.

    Edit: I just started googling for silk ribbon I found there are also scrunchies made out of silk, I wonder if those would work just as well? At least those would be easier to use.
    Silk scrunchies are usually recommended as a hair friendly alternative to elastics.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyBottom View Post
    I haven't been doing the historical hair care, but was reading through a few of the recent posts here. I used to do egg washes occasionally in the past and one thing I remember reading was that if you have oily hair, just use the white. Dry hair, just the yolk and normal hair, the whole egg. And also rinsing thoroughly with cool water prior to putting the egg in, not just when rinsing it out. I don't know if that's helpful at all or maybe it's already been mentioned in one of the links. Anyway, good luck!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hairy-Fairy View Post
    This is a video I found on YouTube about 1800s African-American haircare:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CHt3osiFy5o

    It's pretty much the only source I've stumbled across that was very informative. If anyone has come across any other videos, articles, or blogs that mentions this subject I would love to see them. Or if anyone has any resources to suggest where I might keep looking.
    Really interesting, now I am hooked on her videos, such a wonderful presence on youtube.


    Ok, so I went ahead and ordered some silk ribbons, way cheaper than the scrunchies. Looking forward to try them out soon!

    Lets see how long this little lump can get. Viva la natural!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fethenwen View Post
    Thanks for sharing!


    Really interesting, now I am hooked on her videos, such a wonderful presence on youtube.


    Ok, so I went ahead and ordered some silk ribbons, way cheaper than the scrunchies. Looking forward to try them out soon!
    So glad you liked it.
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