This is something that I know is effective for the type of hair I that I have, but don’t know if it will work for every hair type.
I find dry shampoo very useful.
A lot of commercial dry shampoos are filled with nasty chemicals we shouldn’t put on our largest organ, our skin.
We all know that our scalps produce oil and even though that oil is good for our hair, it’s not quite accepted as professional or attractive in our society.
Shampooing strips these oils from our hair and can leave our hair dry and damaged.
Shampooing also leads to wet hair, which needs to be dried, which needs to be styled, which is often accomplished using heat.
I’m trying to use heat as little as possible because I want my hair to become more healthy.
So this is when I reach for dry shampoo.
However, some sources such as MindBodyGreen.com caution that overuse of any dry shampoo (even natural DIY dry shampoos) can actually do more harm than good, clogging the hair follicle and possibly leading to hair loss down the road.
So, they say if you’re going to use dry shampoo, use it sparingly and infrequently and brush it through the hair rather than allowing it to be concentrated on your scalp.
So like always, do your own research and come to your own conclusions, but if you should decide that you’d like to have it on hand for specific situations, here is a nice recipe you can make at home with ingredients you might already have lying around.
- cosmetic clay
- cocoa powder (for darker hair)
- cinnamon (for darker hair)
- essential oil (for scent)
1. Figure out what you’re going to put it in. I like to use an old cinnamon shaker because it makes application super easy and looks nice.
2. Start by mixing some corn starch with some cosmetic clay. If you have light hair, just try to make the color of the shampoo match your hair color by adjusting the proportions of these two ingredients.
3. If you have brown or darker hair, mix in some cinnamon for an auburn color and some cocoa powder for a darker brown. These ingredients also smell delicious.
4. Adjust the proportions until you have a color that best matches your hair color.
5. When you do apply it to your roots, you can brush it through and tussle your hair to spread out the product and blend it in so it doesn’t look like there was a baking accident.
6. If you want to add a scent, pick out your favorite essential oil and add 10 or so drops to the mixture. I like to use peppermint because it works nicely with the cocoa scent and smells fresh.
7. Transfer the mixture to your container and you’re done!
The concoction should last as long as it takes you to use it up!