DIY Natural Dry Shampoo For Light or Dark Hair

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Have you heard about dry shampoos yet? They seem to be all the rage among my friends, but I had never actually thought about using them. I am not sure why I hadn’t tried dry shampoo yet, it’s not like I take a shower every day…or even every other day. Shhhh….don’t tell! You wouldn’t know it because I smell like I have very peaceful pits (hehe), but making my hair look like it has been washed, when I clearly haven’t had the time to wash it, sounds like a dream to me!

I had not ever used a dry shampoo before now. If you have never heard of them, they are essentially a powder that you can apply to your dirty/greasy/unwashed hair to absorb and “clean” the excess oils from your scalp, making your hair look like it has just been washed. I was very excited to have a reason NOT to wash my hair, but then again who has the time to wash their hair every day? Not this busy Hippy!

Many of the Popular Dry Shampoo Brands Contain Toxic Chemicals

I did my homework and started looking into the ingredients in the more popular brands (such ash Garnier Fructise, Aveeno, and Got 2b) that are sold at stores near you. It wasn’t pretty. I found a large majority of them contain flammable chemicals such as propane and butane; not to mention fragrance, phthalates, and parabens! I wasn’t dying to put butane and propane on my scalp, so I went on a search to see what I could make.

You Can Find Many Nourishing Ingredients Around Your Home

I didn’t realize it at the time, but I already had ALL the ingredients I needed to make a fabulous dry shampoo. The basic recipe that floats around the web is cornstarch or arrowroot powder for light hair and cocoa powder combined with arrowroot powder for dark hair, but I wanted to make an exceptional dry shampoo that would help condition my hair and provide much-needed nutrients too. After looking through my cabinets, I came up with a list of things that can be used in your dry shampoo recipe;

  • ground oatmeal
  • clays (white, french green, rhasoul, etc.)
  • finely ground herbs (lavender buds, peppermint leaf, rosemary, chamomile flowers, calendula, rose petals, etc. These will add a nice light herbal scent to your dry shampoo and hair as well.)
  • coconut milk powder
  • baking soda (be careful using this. A friend of mine with sensitive skin used this as a dry shampoo and it made her skin get all red and peely!)
  • cinnamon powder
  • almond meal powder
  • cornmeal and salt

I’d Choose Cinnamon Over Chocolate No Matter the Reason

Whether it’s for breakfast or which dark powder I am about to sprinkle upon my head, my first love is always sworn to cinnamon. It is exotic and delightful to the senses and has so many amazing antibacterial and healing properties, that I tend to favor it over other choices. Now don’t get me wrong, in its raw form, cacao is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, but I just can not help but add cinnamon to everything. My love for cinnamon runs really deep. If you do not have cocoa powder handy, cinnamon powder is a fabulous substitute AND smells Ah-MAZE-ing.

My Hair Looked Like It Had Been Freshly Washed

With no knowledge of how awesome dry shampoos really can be, I was completely shocked to find that my hair turned out totally oil free and soft as can be. Not only that, it smelled absolutely delightful. I was most impressed by how clean my hair looked afterwards. I had half expected to see remnants of the dry shampoo in my hair, but instead, my hair looked clean.

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All-Natural Dry Shampoo For Dark Hair

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder  or cinnamon powder (I used organic fair trade raw cacao powder AND organic cinnamon bark powder. Both are chock full of nutrients that help to condition your hair.)
  • 1 Tbsp. arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. coconut milk powder (optional, this  can be replaced by arrowroot/cornstarch powder if you do not have this on hand. This will help condition your hair.)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. finely ground oatmeal powder (optional, this can be replaced by arrowroot/cornstarch powder if you do now have this on hand.)
  • 5-10 drops MRH lavender essential oil or PT lavender eo (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine powdered ingredients until well blended. If adding essential oils, stir them in until combined.
  2. Using an old makeup blush brush, dust the dry shampoo onto the roots or oily parts of your hair. If you don’t have an old makeup brush, you can just comb this dry shampoo through your hair.
  3. Store your homemade dry shampoo in a repurposed container.

All-Natural Dry Shampoo For Light or Blonde Hair

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Tbsp. arrowroot powder (or organic cornstarch)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut milk powder (optional, this  can be replaced by arrowroot/cornstarch powder if you do not have this on hand. This will help condition your hair.)
  • 1 Tbsp. finely ground oatmeal powder (optional, this can be replaced by arrowroot/cornstarch powder if you do now have this on hand.)
  • 5-10 drops MRH lavender essential oil or PT lavender eo (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine powdered ingredients until well blended. If adding essential oils, stir them in until combined.
  2. Using an old makeup blush brush, dust the dry shampoo onto the roots or oily parts of your hair. If you don’t have an old makeup brush, you can just comb this dry shampoo through your hair.
  3. Store your homemade dry shampoo in a repurposed container.
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