Homemade natural shampoo: Rye flour for healthy and shiny hair
When I started to quit plastic I bought a solid shampoo bar first of all. In the beginning I found it quiet nice, but my hair was getting really dry and got more and more split ends, so I researched for more alternatives.
And I read about rye flour as homemade natural shampoo for healthy and shiny hair on many Zero Waste Blogs so I thought: Why not.
I had dry and split ended hair since years. I always thought it might have been because I dyed my hair many years in a row. From red (Henna-natural dye) to black and white (chemical alarm!). So I have always been on the "hunt" for better products in the shops... Bought fancy, and expensive hair masks, etc. So why not try rye flour too?
Since theres no access to bulk in every small town, I couldn't buy rye flour in bulk, but I was lucky that they had rye flour in paper packaging in supermarkets in Germany, so I could give it a try straight away.
I was surprised at first second. The moment I washed the rye paste out of my hair I could feel it was really soft already.
After a few weeks my hair had a great shimmer, and looked healthier than ever. So here I am still using rye flour after I tried "water only" and different soap bars, rye flour is still my favorite. And the best of it all? I could actually eat it. No chemicals or micro plastics or hormone disrupter to fear.
I was really curious to try water only too. I thought that might just be the easiest solution. But hell no, it is not the right treatment for every kind of hair I guess.....
I lived in Mexico when I tried the water only treatment. Perfect to try not to wash your hair with soap because everybody walks around with beach hair here. So no need to hide it ;) The first two weeks were great and I thought yes!!!! Thats it... But then suddenly my hair went greasy and more greasy. I tried to ask for advice and they told me to be patient, I would need two-three months until the hair get used to it... So I waited.
After 2.5 months I couldn‘t take it anymore. It looked awful! And when I brushed my hair a lot of grease and dust that got stuck in my greasy hair stuck to the brush too. Ughh.... I had never had that kind of greasy hair before. And I needed up to two months to get my hair to act normal again. A lot of soap, shampoo bars, vinegar rinse and then finally rye flour when I went back to Canada (I couldn't find plastic free rye flour in Mexico).
So no, I guess I won't try that again :D
Ariana from the blog "Paris to go" who has great hair with water only, told me afterwards that while water only shows great success if you have thick hair, water only might not be the solution for thin hair.
So I just I just stick to rye flour for now. But if you like to read more about the water only hair routine check out Arianas blog for that. -> How to start water only hair washing
So, tell me: why rye flour?
I actually never researched why rye flour is such a good alternative, but a few days ago somebody asked and I didn't know, so I started to do some research.
I found the same answers everywhere:
What kind of rye flour should I use?
Get finely ground light rye flour (preferably organic). If you take flour thats not finely grounded or there are husks in there, you will end up with a lot of flour flakes in your hair. I accidentally just bought the wrong rye flour in bulk the other day and ended up having all the bigger bits stuck between my hair and on my scalp :D Good thing is I just used the rye flour to make pancakes, so no need to throw it away!
How to use rye flour as shampoo:
It depends on how much and long hair you have. I have short and thin hair and use 2 table spoons of rye flour with double the amount of water to have a slightly running paste.
Wet your hair and then spread the paste all over your hair and scalp (make sure to not let the water run while you do so ;). Let it sit for a few moments while you wash or shave, and then wash the rye flour thoroughly out of your hair. Make sure to get it all out, leftovers on your scalp will itch and look like flakes.
You will feel straight away that your hair feels soft.
If you like you can mix 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water to use as a conditioner. The smell will go away once your hair is dry. Just make sure to not get it into your eye, it hurts. It happened to me already...
Any side effects?
If you don't have Celiac disease there are no known side effects. As with every other new shampoo your hair might need a few washes to get used to the new treatment, but that is totally normal.
But please remember: If you have Celiac disease, this is not the right shampoo for you!!!!
Rye flour shampoo
Don't like rye flour?
If you don't like or don't want to use rye flour, check if any shops around you have shampoo refill options. If not, shampoo bars are a great plastic free alternative to bottled shampoo. You can find a few product recommendations here -> Soap and Shampoo bars.
And always remember, hair needs to get used to a new product. So give your hair a little bit time to get used to the new product, before you decide it's not the right product for you. Every hair is different, but there are so many great products out there, you will find the perfect shampoo for you too.
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