What is cornflour?

If you are looking for a product derived from corn that you could use for your hair and your body, then you might be interested in using cornflour. Yes, that particular flour that so many of us use for cooking could actually have some long-term benefits when it is used in your hair. Cornflour is often a finely ground powder that is made by using whole corn kernels. It’s a very interesting product and has a long history of being used in various ways for our body and our long-term health.

Cornflour For Hair: Benefits

  • It’s rich in minerals such as iron and zinc, which are useful for long-term hair health.
  • Cornflour also contains Vitamin A, B, C, and E: all useful for hair improving the condition of your hair.
  • A perfect natural substitute to dry shampoo. Cornflour can help regulate sebum production and in turn prevent hair from looking and feeling greasy. 
  • Cornflour is easy to rub in to your hair due to its light and powder-like texture. A sprinkle of cornflour can be used at the roots to add volume to your hairstyle.


Cornflour Side Effects

It’s hard to say what the side-effects would be for most people. We would recommend speaking to a medical professional before trying to use cornflour in your hair in case you may have an allergic reaction. We do not advise using cornflour in your hair every day. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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