DIY Dry Shampoo
I was first introduced to dry shampoo by a close friend and coworker around Christmas 2012. This friend gave me this small bottle of it as part of a Christmas gift. At the time, I kept bangs and I started using it as a way to keep my bangs from getting gross-looking when I went out or was at work all day. It really helped to keep them from getting all yucky when I would sweat on my forehead.
That bottle lasted me a really long time the way I was using it, but once it was done I wanted more. It was hard to find anywhere in regular department stores, though, and even now that brand isn’t available to purchase on most online websites. So I started doing some research and found out that dry shampoos are actually MUCH better for you than wet shampoos. Now-a-days I mostly use dry shampoo to keep my hair clean, and only use wet shampoo about once a week (or so). Depending on your hair & scalp type, you should use it every 1 to 3 days. I personally have a fairly dry scalp, with very thin, straight hair. I use it every 1 to 2 days depending on how my hair feels and how busy I get with MOM stuff.
Even though I now had a new understanding of how great dry shampoo is, I still needed to find some that I could afford regularly. So I did some more research and found that it really doesn’t take much to make a dry shampoo. In fact, for a mom like me who tries to find savings wherever possible, it’s a ridiculous amount of savings! That’s why this last Christmas when I was pretty strapped for cash, but still wanted to find thoughtful gifts to send to family and friends, I decided to make a whole batch to send out as gifts.
- Some sort of powder. I’d argue corn starch is the best base to use, but check out the substitutions for all sorts of others you can mix and match with.
- Something to put it in. I used some salt/pepper shakers that I bought for $1, but you can also re-purpose an old spice shaker.
- Baking soda
- Baby powder
- Unsweetened cocoa powder. Use this if you have darker hair.
- Cinnamon. Use this if you have red or auburn hair.
- Essential oil. To make it smell better.
- Other spices. Again, for scent.
- You can replace my corn starch base with any other kind of powder. Some examples are baby powder, flour, or corn meal.
This recipe is the way I like it because it works best with my hair (and most of the people I was making it for had darker hair). I recommend playing with the options and substitutions listed above to see what works best for your scalp and hair type.
Ingredients I used:
1 c corn starch
1/3 c baby powder
1/3 c baking soda
1/2 c cocoa
- Whisk all the white ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Add baker’s cocoa a little at a time until it’s your preferred color.
3. Bottle it. You can buy a funnel to help get all the powder into your bottle, or do just make your own. I rolled up a piece of paper to funnel it in.
4. When I was done, I didn’t have enough for my last jar, so I just poured some out of the other jars that were mostly full.
5. Then I taped the lids so that the shampoo didn’t spill when I mailed them.
Instructions for use:
1. Apply near the roots of hair first. Some people like to use a makeup brush for this. I just pour a little into my hand and use my fingers to rub it in.
2. If needed, apply away from the roots. Only do this if your hair still feels dirty or oily after applying by the roots. Some people will brush their hair to help apply away from the roots.
3. I don’t always shower immediately after application, but when I shower I do like to apply the dry shampoo first. With my hair, it seems to work better when it gets wet after putting the shampoo in. I still use a wet conditioner in the shower, but I’m looking into homemade solutions for this too. I also have a leave-in conditioner that I use after showering, mostly applied toward the ends of my hair.
4. Enjoy your hair being healthier! It took at least a week or so when I started this routine to start noticing some major differences. I still use a wet shampoo about once a week.
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