Hairstylists say that shampooing your hair, strips it of its natural oils, so it's healthier to wash it as infrequently as you can. The problem is, when I don't wash my hair it looks greasy and feels downright dirty! I have expirimented a lot to find out how often I need to wash my hair to feel fresh without drying it completely out and I've found that, for me, an every-other-day washing routine works best.
But what do I do toward the end of that second day when my bangs start to feel a little stringy? Until just recently I had been pinning them back, pretending they weren't greasy, but then I read about how easy it is to make your own dry shampoo at home!
Here's the truth of the matter, dry shampoo can be as simple as this: cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Either of these powders, when applied to the roots of your hair with a makeup brush (so it doesn't clump or make too much of a mess on your bathroom counter), will help absorb the excess oils that are collecting on your scalp. Since these two ingredients are light in color, on dark hair they may appear gray so adding some extras would be a good idea. Here is our list of suggested base ingredients for concocting your own Dry Shampoo:
For blonde hair - 2 Tbs of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
For dark hair - 2 Tbs of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 2 Tbs of pure cocoa powder (not hot chocolate mix!)
For red hair - 2 Tbs of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 2 Tbs of pure cinnamon powder
Mix your ingredients in a jar and apply at the base of your roots where the hair gets greasiest. We suggest you expiriment on a day when you are not pressed for time, so you can add a little at a time and find out what works best for your hair. It may take up to two hours for the dry shampoo to absorb enough oils so that it is no longer visible to the eye, so definitely be ready to expiriment.
Here's where it gets really fun! Now that you have your base dry shampoo ready and you know how it works with your hair, you can play around with it by adding essential oils for scent! We all love the smell of freshly shampooed hair, but you can have yummy smelling hair even if it hasn't been washed in a couple of days. Maybe add a drop of orange essential oil to your cocoa shampoo, or a bit of mint? Who knows, maybe extracts would even work? The possibilities are endless and by skipping the every day wash you are doing something good for your wallet as well as your hair's health.
Come on into the store for ideas and inspiration for your DIY Dry Shampoo. We have every ingredient mentioned here as well as mixing jars and shaving brushes that would work for storage and application! Let us know how your inventions turn out!
Wishing you health & happiness,