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. 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.
If you are like me, then you probably like to experiment with random beauty recipes :-) It’s always great 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 nutrients-most importantly a whole complex of vitamin B, which is one of the most important for our hair. Rye is also a flour low in 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.)
- 1 Tablespoon 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 lump-free as you can. It should have a runny consistency, kind of like shampoo. Add the cognac last, if you choose to use it.
How to use:
- 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.
- Give your roots and scalp a good massage. The texture of this ‘shampoo’ should be a little slippery. It’s not going to bubble (obviously), but trust me, it washes hair perfectly.
- Rinse your hair after you are done. This ‘shampoo’ rinses out very easily. If you are worried that this concoction 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 a whole lot other ingredients…
- 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…
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