Washing Hair Without Shampoo: Rye Flour.


Have you ever thought of turning to natural ways of washing your hair? After all, shampoo has not always existed. In  fact, it’s a pretty recent invention, as even my gran remembers the alternatives.

I have always had a bit of a problem with shampoos. The normal synthetic ones made my head itch, and the ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ ones are rather pricey. And even with organic, there are always a couple of ingredients that make me doubt them a little. So, I decided to try something completely different, and delve into the world of home remedies and recipes in search of a completely natural and healthy way to wash hair. You have got to remember, there’s nothing healthy about shampoos… but that’s a whole different story which is worthy of it’s own post (which I may write some time)!

If you are like me, then you probably like to experiment with random beauty recipes :-) I must tell you, it’s been fun! (And sometimes not so fun when things go wrong). So if you would like to find out some recipes I have tried and tested for natural hair washing and conditioning, then follow my posts!

Washing Hair With Rye Flour:

This is really simple and easy, and works really well, so I can safely say that it’s one of my favourite methods! Rye contains a whole range of vitamins and elements, most importantly, a whole group of vitamin B, which is one of the most important for our hair. Rye is also a flour low on gluten, therefore will not get ‘doughey’. This recipe is suitable for all types of hair.

What you need:






  • 2/3 Tablespoons of Rye Flour. (Try to get the finely ground version, otherwise you may end up with bits stuck in your hair.)
  • A little warm water. (Definitely NOT hot water, or the flour will get lumpy.)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cognac *Optional.  (This is best for brunettes/darker hair. This recipe works fine without it too! It’s just a pleasant extra, at it’s very good for your hair, smells lovely and adds shine. My preferred brand is Hennessy, it’s good, and easy to find.)

How to make:

Put the flour in a cup/bowl/whatever, keep adding a little bit of water and mixing. Try to get it as least lumpy as you can. It should be a runny consistency, kind of like shampoo. Actually, the consistency is pretty easy-going when it comes to this recipe. Add the cognac last, if you choose to use it.

How to use:

  1. Simply use it like a normal shampoo. Wet your hair and apply, concentrating on the roots. You don’t really need to apply this to the lengths of your hair, they will be washed when you are rinsing the flour out.
  2. Give your roots and scalp a good massage. The texture of this ‘shampoo’ should be a little slippery. It’s not going to bubble or anything (obviously), but trust me, it washes hair perfectly.
  3. Rinse your hair after you are done. This is pretty easily rinsed out. If you are worried that this will get stuck in your hair and become dough, don’t worry yourself :-) To make dough, you need a flour with a high glycogenic index (which rye is not), eggs and milk and all those other ingredients…
  4. Use a natural or a home-made conditioner.


Do not try with any other flour! Or you may end up having to wash dough out of your hair…


Enjoy natural ways of washing hair! And subscribe if you are interested in more natural shampoo recipes, as well as much much more!

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