- 1 Washing hair with rye flour: instructions, advantages & tips
- 2 Wash your hair: Why with rye flour?
- 3 Conclusion: Is rye flour a good alternative to shampoo?
Washing hair with rye flour: instructions, advantages & tips
Washing hair with rye flour — what sounds strange is a real beauty trend right now. But does flour instead of shampoo really make your hair clean and look well-groomed? I tested it for two weeks and share my experience!
Why did I want to try the trend “washing hair with rye flour”? Because I have already tried the entire shampoo department of various drugstores for more shine, fullness and suppleness.
With the result that I do not see any result.
The oh so great hair care products, which are presented to us in commercials by models with unrealistically voluminous hair, are just a disappointment after all. Add to this the vast amounts of plastic waste and the conspicuously long list of questionable ingredients.
So an alternative is needed. I start my research and quickly find what I’m looking for. Vegan hair soaps, lava clay, honey and even chestnuts are highly praised. Also the “Only Water” method seems to be very trendy. But I am not really convinced yet. Honey? Surely it sticks. Hair soap? It’s expensive. Lava clay? Where do I get it?
Suddenly I’m reading “Washing hair with rye flour: Cheap, vegan and safe”. Sounds promising, I’ll try that! Two weeks seem to me for the beginning in any case appropriate, in order to obtain a meaningful result.
Wash your hair: Why with rye flour?
Rye flour is particularly suitable as an alternative shampoo because it contains relatively little gluten and therefore does not make the hair stick together, as would be the case with wheat flour, for example. The starch in the flour, which is a mild emulsifier and combines water with fats, makes the hair clean.
Rye flour has a similar pH value to our skin, which means it can have a soothing effect on the scalp. In general, rye flour contains a lot of caring ingredients such as proteins, vitamin E and minerals such as zinc and iron. Similar compositions can also be found in normal shampoos.
Washing hair with rye flour: How it works
- mix 250–300 ml of lukewarm water with 4–5 tablespoons of rye flour, depending on the length of the hair It is best to use an egg whisk or a shaker for this.
- stir until a jelly-like mass is formed and all lumps have dissolved.
- massage the finished shampoo thoroughly into damp hair — just like with normal hair washing. Leave it to work for about five minutes, then rinse off again with warm water. Finished.
How often should I wash my hair with rye flour?
How often you should wash your hair with rye flour depends on how often you have previously washed it with normal shampoo.
Since my hair is naturally greasy quickly, I washed it — as before — every other day with rye flour.
How does the hair feel after washing it with rye flour?
Even when rinsed, my hair feels as if I had just treated it with a conditioner or cure: light, smooth, supple. I can comb them easily without getting them caught with the brush once.
Conclusion: Is rye flour a good alternative to shampoo?
After two weeks of rye flour hair washing, one thing is certain for me: hair washing with rye flour works. My hair feels as clean as if I had washed it with a conventional shampoo.
Another plus point that is very important to me is that the shampoo replacement does not require plastic packaging and is suitable not only for washing hair but also as a shower gel. It is simply super practical and environmentally friendly.
There is a small minus point for the time I spend on it: With mixing, application and rinsing I get a total of 12 minutes — not counting the showering process itself and all the other things like drying off. Definitely feasible, but a bit more complicated if you are in a hurry in the morning.
What I also miss a bit is the fresh scent, which unfortunately doesn’t come with rye flour. Nevertheless: I was convinced by this beauty trend with its sustainability and the great result. Thumbs up!