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Flax Vs. Egg
westcoastred wrote in no_poo

Nutritional Value of 100g chicken egg and flax:

Chicken Egg:                                     Flax:
Carb ~ 1.12g                                     28.8g (1.55g sugar and 27.3g dietary fiber)
Fat ~ 10.6g                                        42.16g
Protein ~ 12.6g                                18.29g
A ~ 16%                                             0
B1 ~ 51%                                          126%
B2 ~ 33%                                          11%
B3 ~ 0                                                 21%
B5 ~ 28%                                           20%
B6 ~ 0                                                 36%
B9 ~ 11%                                           0
C ~ 0                                                   1%
Calcium ~ 50mg = 5%                    255mg = 26%
Iron ~ 1.2mg = 10%                         5.73mg = 46%
Magnesium ~ 10mg = 3%              392mg = 106%
Phosphorus ~ 172mg = 25%        642mg = 92%
Potassium ~ 126mg = 3%             813mg = 17%
Zinc ~ 1mg = 10%                            4.34mg = 43%
Choline ~ 255mg                             0
Cholesterol ~ 424mg                      0

Conditioning, Hydrating, and Protecting:

Protein promotes shine, conditions, and *may* coat each hair shaft with a protective layer. Hair shafts are made of roughly 97% protein.

Quote from wikipedia:
"Mucilage is a polar glycoprotein; an exopolysaccharide; a polymer produced by most plants and some microorganisms.

It occurs in various parts of nearly all classes of plant, usually in relatively small percentages, and is frequently associated with other substances, such as tannins and alkaloids.

Mucilage in plants is thought to aid in water storage and seed germination, and to act as a membrane thickener and food reserve. Among the richest sources are cacti (and other succulents), and flax seeds."

Since mucilage is present in both flax and egg, it may aid protein in softening and protecting hair.


Tannins, present in flax, are astringent in nature. This makes flax a more effective grease remover, while the fats and proteins keep the tannins from stripping the hair shaft of essential nutrients and sebum.

Zinc and essential fatty acids aid greatly in the prevention of dandruff. Mild dandruff occurs not due to dryness, but usually excessive oiliness. Too little oil, however, can also cause dandruff.


Egg                                             Flax

10.6g fat                                    42.1g fat
12.6g protein                            18.29g protein
1mg or 10% zinc                      4.34mg or 43% zinc

Moisturizes, protects,              Moisturizes, protects,
hydrates, and helps                hydrates, cleanses, and
with dandruff.                           helps with dandruff.
I am posting this because:
1) Flax has more of everything (except vitamin A) that makes eggs good for your hair, therefore, anyone for whom eggs have been the only successful no 'poo method, may use flax.
2) Flax is more sustainable.
3) Flax is overlooked and underrated as a hair product.
4) Flax works better than egg! No stickiness, weirdness, greasiness, dryness, or dandruff.
5) I love flax as a hair product, and if you're about to give up, give a try. Seriously. :)

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Thanks for the reminder :) I found your previous post a few weeks ago and wanted to try it, but in the shuffle of the holidays, haven't had a chance.

(And I DID try egg once--that is an experience I never intend to repeat, even though it gave my hair body. It stank, it irritated my skin, and I had to wash my hair twice to get it all out. Ugh.)

No problem. It's really just because I very adamantly disagree with the BS/ACV routine being the preferred method. Since it would be decidedly fanatical of me to go posting things like, "Baking soda turns EVIL when you put it in your hair!! Vinegar is acid, and it will eat your brain!!!!" I'll just keep posting gentle encouragements toward alternatives. :)

This is awesome! Especially because baking soda dries my hair out and really promotes oil production, which makes it hard to go a single day without washing.

thank you! i had an idea that unground flax would work, but never got around to experimenting.

(the oils are inside the seed, and most of the oils don't escape when the seeds are left whole, so not grinding the flaxseed will help with the hair from getting overly oily and gross from all those oils.)

this is wonderful news! i'll put this information on the info page.

and just to clarify, you don't use ANY apple cider vinegar? none at all?

No, it'll eat my brain. :)

Truthfully, though, I used apple cider vinegar once two years ago (diluted properly in water), and absolutely loathed it. I rinsed quite a bit, but I still smelled vinegar all day long. However, I have a freakishly sensitive nose, so I know that some people may very well think the smell goes away. I'd smell it, though.

I also style my hair with an oil-based wax, and it's still not greasy... just super shiny, soft, defined curls. Like so many other things I've started making at home, this stuff works better than anything on the market.

did you use a generic brand or heinz? cause i used heinz at first and it stunk to high heaven. i use the 365 brand from wholefoods. it smells so much better.

but yay that you don't even need it!

i'm going to try this method in a few days. i have some nasty dandruff that seems to never disappear, and i ran out of my shikakai powder a few months ago, and the dandruff is getting worse.

Do we even get flax seeds in India? I don't know. The sad part is that LOADS of flax grows here and is exported... none left for the national market.

Your recipes with flax mucilage really intrigue me, gotta give them a try some day. But as for now - if I get hold of flax seeds, I'll probably eat 'em! :P

And that would be just as good for your hair. :)

do you have a garden? cause you can plant some of them and grow your own! (and they're beautiful too)

i'm jealous that you have easy access to shikakai powder. it's insane the price online sellers are charging for it over here.

Wow ! Good info to have, and I will pass it on to a friend of mine- wish I wasn't allergic to flax, so that I could try this method.

Oh, man, I'm sorry. If you don't mind, what is it about flax that you're allergic to? I just like to understand things. :)

also eggs = exploited chickens (and death of boy chicks)
flax = no death! yay!

Hee hee. #2 = A slightly more diplomatic way of saying just that. :)

Are you sure flax is more sustainable?

I know that generally speaking plant products are more sustainable than animal products, but eggs are very, very cheap to produce. It's not just the same, but I equate cheapness in naturally occuring things with efficiency and a low environmental impact.

Re: Are you sure flax is more sustainable?

The amount of money something costs has absolutely nothing to do with sustainability. Quote from Wikipedia: "In an ecological context, sustainability can be defined as the ability of an ecosystem to maintain ecological processes, functions, biodiversity and productivity into the future."

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