My Green Hair Care Routine

Before I realised that commercial hair care products aren’t healthy for your hair and scalp, I always used to struggle with an itchy, flaky and dry scalp. When I started looking for greener hair care sollutions, I finally discovered what works for me. I hope that this post helps out other people too! I tried the shampoo bars from Lush first, but they only made my scalp worse. My scalp was a lot more itchy and dry. I wash my hair 2 times a week now and this is my green hair care routine:

1. Rye flour/chickpea flour instead of shampoo

You can use rye flour or chickpea flour instead of shampoo. This method really works for me because it cleans my hair and it’s like a gentle scrub for my scalp.

How to prepare/use the flour shampoo (for medium long hair):

  • for short hair use 1 tbsp and for long hair use 3-4 tbsp flour
  • take a little bowl, add 2tbsp flour and add a little bit of warm water in the bowl
  • give it a good mix (I use a fork) and keep adding water until the consistency looks like shampoo
  • wet your hair and scalp, then start putting the flour mixture onto your scalp and hair
  • massage it onto your scalp and wash your hair like you would with shampoo (it’s a strange feeling in the beginning, but you get used to it very quickly:
  • leave for 1-2 minutes and then rinse thoroughly to make sure all the flour gets washed off
  • use an ACV rinse instead of conditioner (see below)

2. ACV instead of conditioner

ACV stands for appel cider vinegar, you can use this instead of a conditioner. I always use organic unfiltered ACV with the mother. “Unfiltered” and “with the mother” means that the vinegar contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria. This promotes a healthy scalp and makes your hair very soft. If you decide to use a vinegar rinse, make sure to dilute it with water, I use an empty shampoo bottle to make the vinegar rinse. I fill the bottle to the middle with ACV and I fill the other half with water. You can also add a few drops of essential oils. Essential oils have healing properties and they make the vinegar smell less strong.

Essential oils that help with itchy, flaky and dry scalp:

  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops lavender
  • 2 drops rosemary
  • 2 drops tea tree oil

How to make a vinegar rinse:

  • make sure you have an empty bottle ready
  • fill the bottle to the middle with ACV
  • fill the other half with water
  • put your desired essential oils in the bottle and give it a shake
  • make sure you washed your hair first with flour and rinse it thorougly
  • rinse your hair with the acv mix, rub it onto your scalp and hair and leave for a few minutes, then rinse your hair again
  • don’t worry if your hair still smells like vinegar after you rinsed it, the smell will disappear once your hair’s dry
  • enjoy your very soft, shiny and healthy hair! 🙂

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