My (almost) Plastic free Hair Care & how I wash my Hair with Rye Flour

I know some of you have been waiting for this post – so finally here it is. I will share with you some details on how I wash my hair with rye flour and what else I use to take care of my hair.

Back HERE I have been sharing with you that I wash my hair with rye flour and I got a bunch of comments asking me about how exactly I am doing it why after all I decided to turn my back to shampoo and use rye flour instead.

First of all, I will tell you why I decided not to use shampoo any longer. Many of the ingredients in conventional shampoo are highly questionable as far as our health goes, including potential carcinogens and developmental and reproductive toxicity such as glycol, DEA, parabens (contribute to breast cancer), and formaldehyde.  Shampoos contain thickeners, artificial fragrances and colors, and known skin irritants such as sodium laureth sulphate and alcohol. If you are not able to pronounce the words on the ingredient list, chances are you shouldn’t be pouring it on your scalp.

You can of course choose organic shampoos to avoid the chemicals, yet, to me rye flour works sooo much better. I have oily hair and I basically had to wash my hair every single day, even when I used sensitive organic shampoos for oily hair. Every time after washing my hair (no matter which kind of organic shampoo I used – and I tried a lot) my hair did not have any volume at all and it sticked to my scalp if I was not using some kind of product for volume. I tried not to wash for several days to allow my hair to get used to less washing but no matter how hard I tried I kept having the same problems … for the past ten years!

Since around three months my problems are solved 😀

Rye flour. Is. Magic. It is loaded with vitamins, proteins and minerals. Here is a secret; you can buy synthetic pantothenic acid vitamins to add to your hair to increase the strength, shine and overall health – or you can use rye flour which naturally contains pantothenic acid vitamins! Rye flour helps naturally to restructure dry and damaged hair, boost shine and improve manageability. Rye flour also contains all the vitamin Bs, vitamin E, and phytonutrients such as lignans, phenolic acids, phytic acid, plant sterols and saponins which are also used to help with hair re-growth and even skin regeneration. Rye flour is naturally perfectly pH balanced and so will not dry out your hair of its natural oils.

To me rye flour works amazingly well. My hair looks great for three days in a row, after washing it is shiny and has a whole lot of volume so I do no longer need any styling products. It feels much more healthy and even thicker. And; I even got compliments for my healthy hair from several people since I am using rye flour!

So how do I use it? For my short hair I use around 2 tablespoons of rye flour and mix it with a little bit of water until I get a shampoo like texture. I then apply it to my scalp and rinse it off very well. Thats it. Its super easy. Just be careful about

a. using enough flour (2 tbs for short hair, more for longer hair)

b. washing it off really really well!

Whenever we have guests over night I ask them in the morning if they want to try the flour shampoo when taking their shower and I actually convinced so many of them to continue with this technique because they all loved what their hair looked like afterwards. So I think you should give it a try too 🙂

The only other product I use for my hair is argan oil. I LOVE argan oil and use it since a couple of years already. It works great for skin care, for nail care, for foot care, for everything; including hair. I apply a little bit of argan oil in the evening when I know that I will wash my hair the next morning and I leave it over night for best results. I always use organic argan oil and currently I am using THIS ONE from the beautiful online shop Grüne Erde which I actually know since I am a baby because my mother used to shop there! As a child I wore loads of clothes from Grüne Erde and I remember my mother always bought her cosmetics there. They have really high quality organic and fair trade products and if I would just have a little more money I would buy like everything from there.

Anyway, so that is all I use for my hair. No styling products, no shampoo, no chemicals, nothing but flour and oil. And my hair looks better than ever before in my life. I love to see how less is more not only when it comes to skin care, deodorants or sun screen but also when it comes to hair care. And I am deeply grateful for everything I am curently learning about this even more conscious and sustainble lifestyle of mine.

And now I am curious about your hair care! Do you use natural products as well? Have you tried alternatives to conventional shampoo? Do you use argan oil for your hair? I would love to know!


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  1. Coco
    August 24, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Wow! In always open to try New DIY beauty recipes! Thanks for sharing Baci, Valeria – Coco et La vie en rose NEW OUTFIT POST

  2. August 24, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    I’ve never thought of using flour as shampoo, but you have me convinced! Definitely need to give it a try. I love how you said if you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t use it……….so true
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  3. Nataly Kirei Kana
    August 25, 2016 / 11:26 pm

    Thank you for recipe! in my free time I’d love to try something!)

  4. August 26, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Wow, I had no idea that rye flour holds all these amazing benefits for the hair! I’ve bookmarked this page because I do want to give it a try sometime. Thanks so much for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!



  5. August 26, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Da bin ich jetzt wieder fasziniert, liebe Larissa, denn ich habe noch nie darüber nachgedacht, dass ich auf Shampoo verzichten könnte. Ich wasche zwar meine Haare beiliebe nicht täglich, aber was Du hier zeigst, ist auf jeden Fall eine Alternative. Danke dafür und ein schönes Wochenende!
    Liebe Grüße von Rena

  6. August 26, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Wow, that is such a simple method, I think I should try this! Now I’m quite happy with my hair condition, for few years I’ve been using hair products with natural ingrediets or I make them myself and I love it. I also have some regular favourite hair masks and conditioners which works well on me. When it comes to washing, I also wash them everyday, but I use no SLS shampoo – actually its not a shampoo, its Facelle intime gel, I think you should know that cos its German?:) I use it also to wash my face, it’s great:) I also use herbal tea to wash my hair after applying the gel. I love all kinds of oils, but also yoghurt, yeast or honey homemade masks are wonderful for my hair:) Have a lovely weekend, hugs:)))

  7. August 27, 2016 / 3:30 am

    This is so awesome! I have fine hair that shampoo tends to just deflate and dry out so this might be the perfect routine for me! You always inspire me to take a closer look at my daily habits and find areas in which I can be more conscious of my consumption.

  8. August 28, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Irre! Das muss ich ja unbedingt mal ausprobieren! Danke für diesen Tip!


  9. August 28, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    I have no idea of what rye flour was! Until today! This ingredient look great! Thanks for sharing with us all your secrets for healthy and beautiful hair dear! ^-^

  10. Januar 18, 2018 / 11:30 am

    Thanks for the information and this line “You can of course choose organic shampoos to avoid the chemicals” well… i do. 🙂 so what if i am a man i choose only Herbal, Ayurveda, Organic, Natural or Aloe Vera based shampoos and conditioner coz at-least they don’t have any side effect