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More and more people want to do without the dubious ingredients in shampoos. Silicones, parabens, or microplastics can be harmful to the body and the environment in the long term. Shampoo made from rye flour is an alternative to the daily chemical mace in the shower. However, there are a few things to consider when using it so that the hair and scalp can benefit from the cleaning and caring effect.
Washing hair with rye flour? That sounds strange at first and as a sticky affair. But unlike wheat flour, rye flour contains hardly any gluten and therefore does not stick together to form a tough mass. When going to the supermarket, you should still choose the right type of flour, two are potentially possible: wholemeal rye flour or rye flour type 1150.
While wholemeal rye flour has a coarser structure, rye flour type 1150 is considered to be very fine and is therefore particularly suitable for fine, thin hair. Accordingly, it dissolves better when mixed and is ready to wash your hair within a few minutes. Wholemeal rye flour, on the other hand, has to be mixed for a longer time so that the so-called husks can be released easily. It is ideal for thick, frizzy hair.
The ratio of rye flour and water is very variable depending on hair length, density, and hair structure. The following quantities apply to wholemeal rye flour as well as to rye flour type 1150:
The following applies to the production: slowly mix the flour and water while stirring constantly until a creamy, not too firm and lump-free mass is formed. Wholemeal rye flour needs to be stirred a little longer so that all the lumps dissolve completely. Now it depends on the correct standing time because rye flour and wholemeal rye flour are suitable for different hair washing purposes: A short standing time promotes the cleaning effect of the natural shampoo since the starch contained in the flour binds more fat and dirt particles on the scalp and hair are able.
If left to stand for a long time, the starch content in the flour decreases, but the caring active ingredients in the flour develop. For the first hair wash with rye flour, a short standing time of ten minutes is suitable to properly clean the scalp and hair. The standing time of the flour mixture can then be increased to up to 24 hours.
Unlike conventional shampoos from the drugstore, rye flour shampoo does not foam when you wash your hair. This can be irritating - but the flour has a cleansing effect on the hair and scalp. With short hair, washing your hair with rye flour shampoo is very easy: Distribute the mixed mixture in your hands and massage it gently. Then devote yourself to the shower routine and after five to ten minutes rinse your hair thoroughly until the water runs clear.
For long hair, the rye flour mixture should be applied to the parting, similar to coloring hair. First, treat the top hair and the back of the head, then distribute a good portion of the mixture in the lengths. After the exposure time, rinse out the shampoo thoroughly. Here it is also worthwhile to proceed part by part to remove all flour residues. If necessary, a conditioner can now be applied - ideally without silicones and additives so as not to cover up the cleaning effect of the rye flour.
There are other tricks to wash the last bits of rye flour mixture out of your hair. So you can set a hard water jet, which also rinses coarser flour particles out of the hair. A hair clip is also ideal for pinning up individual sections of hair and, above all, for rinsing out the hair at the back of the head properly. You should also carefully comb your hair in the shower while the water continues to run over your head.
If there are still flour residues in the hair after washing your hair, you can dry the mane as usual and then comb through it again overhead with a coarse comb or a soft brush to remove the flour residues.
If you switch your hair wash completely to rye flour shampoo, regular acidic rinses are recommended to remove limescale from the hair. In some parts of Germany, the lime content in tap water is higher than in other regions. Depending on the lime content, you should do a vinegar rinse every four to eight weeks. The acidic PH value dissolves limescale from the hair and makes it more receptive to care ingredients when washing the hair.
Fresh lemon juice can also be used as an alternative to vinegar. It is important that the water is cold because this seals the hair structure and gives the hair a rich, healthy shine.
While the shampoo can be bought quickly in the drugstore or in the supermarket, the natural shampoo has to be mixed in the right proportions and, depending on the intended use, have to be thoroughly absorbed. When you actually wash your hair, there is also no feeling of fluffy foamed hair, and the typical shampoo scent after washing your hair is also missing. But the effort is worth it financially and in the long term. A shampoo from Rossmann, Dm, and Co. can cost up to four euros and lasts about three to four weeks. With a kilo of rye flour or wholemeal rye flour, however, shampoo can be mixed for several months. Organic rye flour costs just between 1.49 and 2 USD.
Switching to natural rye flour for washing your hair is also recommended for health and the environment. Microplastics pollute the environment and can be found in numerous shampoos. Parabens, surfactants, or silicones can irritate the skin and permanently damage the hair structure.
Rye flour shampoo does not contain any artificial additives and gently cleanses the scalp and hair lengths. If you integrate rye flour shampoo into your regular shower routine, you will get the hang of it in the long run and your hair will wash and wash out the mixture faster with every application.
Don't forget: After every hair washes with rye flour, the drain should be cleaned properly so that nothing is clogged and bacteria or fungi have no breeding ground.