How To Use Rye Flour As Hair Cleanser

Quitting the use of commercial shampoo and opting for the ‘no-poo’ method of hair cleansing has its own benefits. There could be hundreds of reasons for you to go ‘no-poo’! For instance, you could find natural ingredients way more comforting and you can easily keep the damaging effects of chemicals at bay. If you are planning to steer clear from these commercial shampoos and wish to make a gentle DIY hair cleanser, try using rye flour to make the same. Keep reading to know why and how to use your homemade rye flour hair cleanser:

How To Use Rye Flour As Hair Cleanser


  • Rye flour starch is a gentle emulgator and an effective cleanser.
  • Rye contains vitamin E, Vitamin B and proteins that promote hair health.
  • It is pH neutral and you can use it as a cleanser even if your scalp is sensitive.
  • It helps absorb excess oil, removes dirt and keeps hair fresh.


Things that you need-

  • Rye flour- 4 tbsp
  • Lukewarm water- enough


  • Strain the rye flour into a bowl and add water to it to get a semi-liquid, creamy texture.
  • Mix the ingredients well and make sure there are no lumps present.
  • Wet your hair and apply the rye flour paste generously on hair and scalp.
  • Massage well and wait for 5 minutes.
  • As you leave it on for 5 minutes, this hair cleanser acts as a hair mask, providing nourishment to the hair strands.
  • Wash off with plenty of water.
  • (optional) Use apple cider vinegar rinse for extra shine.
How To Use Rye Flour As Hair Cleanser


  • 4 tablespoons of rye flour works for shoulder-length hair. For longer hair or shorter hair, adjust the ingredients accordingly.
  • If you have thick and curly hair, opt for full-grain rye. If you have fine hair, use rye flour with a finer grind.
  • You may use chickpea flour, rice flour or even oat flour as substitute for rye flour.
  • You may use herb infusion, chamomile tea or even green tea instead of plain water while making the paste for extra benefits.