Washing hair with rye flour

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Washing hair with rye flour: instructions, advantages & tips

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

  1. 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.
  2. stir until a jel­ly-like mass is formed and all lumps have dis­solved.
  3. 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!

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