The Strangest Shampoo

//The Strangest Shampoo

The Strangest Shampoo

rye flour

Are you ready for this? Rye flour for natural shampoo. Yup. Rye. Flour.

I have tried a lot of weird and wonderful alternatives to chemically-laden commercial products but I have to admit that this one takes the cake (or maybe the biscuit.) I would love to know how someone figured out that rye flour would make a good natural shampoo. I mean it’s not like you would accidentally pick it up in the shower and stick it on your head.

Anyway, I bought some, I tried it and I loved it. It felt amazingly smooth and velvety – just like shampoo but without the lather of course. I have been using bicarb and although I prefer it to the chemicals, I don’t really like the feel of it. The best thing about the rye is that my hair is oh so soft when it dries.

It turns out that rye is slightly acidic with a ph of 5 – pretty much the same as hair. It is also chock full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and omega 3 fatty acids.

What you need:

  • About 3 tablespoons finely ground rye flour
  • Cup
  • Spoon
  • Luke warm water

What you do:

  • Put flour in cup
  • Add water a little at a time and mix – take your time with this to make sure you wet every bit of the flour. Don’t overdo the water though because you want a thickish, creamy paste.
  • Wet hair and apply paste
  • Work the ‘shampoo’ through your scalp
  • Rinse well
  • Condition with diluted apple cider vinegar or kombucha vinegar

Note: If you do not mix the flour properly you will not be happy with this. Dry bits of flour can get trapped in air bubbles. Ask me, I know! Dry rye is a bit like glue. You have been warned.

By |2017-04-10T19:41:53+01:00March 30th, 2015|Natural Beauty|2 Comments

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Gizelle is a natural health therapist, writer and researcher who has had a life-long love affair with words and nature. Her blog posts put them both together for your enjoyment. Hopefully you will be entertained, informed and maybe even amused sometimes.


  1. Ela March 30, 2015 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    What effect would this have on Keratin treated hair?

  2. Gizelle Bichard March 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Ela,
    I can’t give a definitive answer to this one but I can’t see how the rye could be any worse than chemical shampoo. It is gentle and full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals.
    As the ph of rye is close to that of hair, it doesn’t strip the hair.

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