Ever since I can think of buying my own hair products I remember going from one product to the other, as nothing produced the desired results as I am really not blessed with naturally beautiful hair. I tend to have dry ends and my hair gets knotty quite easily – plus I have a very sensitive and itchy scalp. This combination is just evil as you either find products that make your hair look nice OR calm the scalp, not both. And since I finally completely switched to natural cosmetics last year all the product research started from scratch. Even with completely chemical-free hair care products, my scalp was still irritated. So I started doing some research and trying out my own homemade shampoos.
The recipe I will be sharing with you is the one working out the best for me so far. It is only made of three ingredients, vegan and super eco-friendly as you also have no packaging.
These are the ingredients I use (This makes enough for two uses for shoulder-length hair)
- 3/4 cup of chamomile tea (made of two tea bags)
- 4-5 drops essential rosemary oil
- 1 heaped tablespoon rye flour
You will find a lot of recipes in natural beauty blogs for rye flour shampoo. The base is only water and rye flour which would make a shampoo already. In my version I am adding essential rosemary oil as it has a regenerative and cleansing effect on the scalp and reduces dandruffs. The chamomile tea in addition is soothing and has the extra bonus of making blond hair extra shiny. All in all the shampoo is very gentle to the scalp, really cleanses the hair though and leaves it quite smooth when dry.
How to prepare it:
Brew the cup of chamomile tea. Add the essential oil and the rye flour and mix it all together. I usually use a mixer to make sure there are no more chunks of flour. Then let it set for a few minutes until the tea is not hot anymore and the mixture got a bit thicker.
When applying I use it as normal shampoo massaging it into my wet hair, leave it in for a bit and then rinse thoroughly. If you have not been using natural shampoo before you might need to get used to the fact that is does not get really foamy. I usually just pour it over my head and then massage it in.
TIP: Do not use any other flour than rye flour like wheat or spelt as they contain gluten and will make your hair sticky. Yikes!