Washing Your Hair With Rye Flour – How To Guide

Washing Your Hair With Rye Flour – How To Guide

When deciding to transition to natural hair wash methods choosing the best DIY natural product alternative for your hair can be quite daunting. Understanding how to identify if your hair needs moisture or protein and what porosity hair you have is like entering a whole new world!

Before you opt to move to natural hair wash methods make sure you understand what you are in for. It’s an incredibly rewarding process in the end but it is an investment of time and requires trial and error. All you need to know is in our Blog and Natural Recipes. We explain what it’s really like to use natural organic products on your hair and why it’s important, here. We also go into depth about our experience with a natural hair lifestyle, divulging plenty of useful tips and tricks.

Choosing Your DIY Natural Products For Great Hair

It is important to maintain a balance between moisture and protein in your hair. If your hair looks dry, dull or frizzy you probably need something moisturizing. If your hair looks or feels heavy, limp or oily you probably could do with more protein on your strands.

The protein level in your hair often reflects as volume. If you constantly feel like your hair has no volume you might be lacking protein. Another way to assess if you need a protein wash is the strand stretch test. If your hair has the right level of protein, when you pull and stretch a strand of hair it should bounce back to its original shape. Rye flour is a protein wash.null

Preparing A DIY Natural Product Hair Wash Using Rye Flour 

Rye flour is a mild protein wash and is good for restoring volume and bounce to limp hair. With most protein washes your hair takes a few hours to react. Your hair often has even greater volume the day after your wash than the day of. Here’s how you do it …


  • Mix a thin milkshake-like consistency of rye flour in a cup of water (usually about 2 tables spoons of flour to a cup)
  • Pour over hair and wash as normal. Rinse off with water.

It’s really that easy!

 What you need to know about this method:

Overuse of protein washes can make your hair dry and brittle. Like the baking soda method, it is a good idea to allow at least 4 – 5 days between rye flour washes.

Depending on the brand of flour you use it can leave a flour residue in your hair once dry. Blow drying your hair briefly once your hair is mostly dry or a vigours rub of your head once dry will get rid of any residue. Sifting the flour before mixing the solution can also help reduce the residue.

If you are brand new to natural hair care and still in the ‘transition period’ the results might not be as good with rye flour. We recommend using the baking soda method to start off with.