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Making Your Own Dry Shampoo

Making Your Own Dry Shampoo

Please note: I'm not a hair professional. I have adapted this recipe for my own use and I love it. Your results and needs may vary.

First, what is dry shampoo?

Dry shampoo is a hair product that soaks up grease and allows you to go longer between regular soap and water shampooing. There are different kinds of dry shampoo, including aerosols and powders. You apply the product at the roots and brush through your hair until you have absorbed the greasy look in your hair.

Isn't it gross to skip shampoos? 

This DIY recipe will have your hair smelling great and the essential oils will provide benefits to your scalp. Many people agree it's better for your hair to wash it less, and over time you'll notice that oil production will balance out, and your hair will be less oily than when you washed all the time. 

  • Many shampoos contain detergents that strip beneficial oils from your hair 
  • Washing too often can stimulate oil production (to replace the oils removed) this can cause your scalp to be very oily, but ends are dry and possibly damaged
  • Over time, you'll go longer between washes and use less dry shampoo as your scalp adjusts to your new routine

Can't I buy dry shampoo at the store?

Yes, dry shampoo is commercially available. Most are full of harmful ingredients though. Making your own is easy and you may already have the supplies indoor kitchen. I have really liked this method for my hair, and I find the shaker jar to be the best applicator.

THE RECIPES

You will need a shaker jar, like this one, found here

For Dark Hair

1/3 Cup Arrowroot Powder** (see note)
2 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 drops each: rosemary, melaleuca, and peppermint essential oils (or oils you prefer for aroma—I recommend these oils for thier benefits to scalp health)

Note: I recommend avoiding citrus oils in case of increased sun sensitivity. 
 

For Medium Toned Hair

1/3 Cup  + 1 Tablespoon Arrowroot Powder**  (see note)
1 Tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder
2 drops each: rosemary, melaleuca, and peppermint essential oils (or oils you prefer for aroma—I recommend these oils for thier benefits to scalp health)
Note: I recommend avoiding citrus oils in case of increased sun sensitivity. 
 

For Light Hair

1/2 Cup Arrowroot Powder**  (see note)
2 drops each: rosemary, melaleuca, and peppermint essential oils

Note: I recommend avoiding citrus oils in case of increased sun sensitivity. 

**You can try cornstarch powder if you don't have or can't find arrowroot. Cornstarch tends to be a GMO product and some people have sensitivity to it. Experiment and see what works best for you.

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To Make: In a medium bowl (it can be messy!), mix a few tablespoons of the arrowroot with the essential oils. I find it's easier to mix the oils into a small amount of the arrowroot. When well combined, add the rest of the arrowroot and cocoa powder (if using). Mix well and push through a fine sieve to break up any clumps. Stir again, then pour into the jar. Add the shaker top and lid.

To Use: Shake a small amount of powder onto the part in your hair (or other noticeably oily areas). Brush, or massage into scalp. Add more powder if needed, building until oil is absorbed. Repeat as needed during the day for as many days as you can manage to go between shampoos. Try applying the powder at bedtime to wake up less oily. If you find that the ends of your hair are feeling a little dry, apply just a little bit of a hair serum to smooth.  

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And that's it! Enjoy your easier morning routine.

 

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