Homemade Dry Shampoo (for blondes, brunettes, and redheads)
About 8-9 years ago I went through a phase of not washing my hair, this lasted for about 9 months… now some of you would think that this is super disgusting while others…”ehh I’m not surprised Ashleigh”.
Regardless what your thoughts are, I suffered from extremely bad dandruff and dry itchy scalp, I needed to stop using all those shampoos that were filled with chemical and most likely causing the irritation in the first place. I was able to see how often my scalp produced oil which wasnt very often. However, once my scalp did start producing oil more often I would wake up random days with a super oily head, but luckily I had a little secret weapon for those days!
I started using baby powder on the really bad days until I had come across an article listing all the nasty chemicals inside a simple baby powder (Luckily for Ava, she never had a powdered butt) I ended up switching to organic cornstarch and eventually over to Arrowroot starch/flour.
These two are great alternatives to baby powder. Anyway. as the months passed by, I slowly started to create my own little recipes to make it smell pretty as well as strengthen the hair without agitaing my scalp.
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Thanks to pinterest, I had learned that apparently this was no secret to others and was called dry shampoo! No I do not live under a rock, I was just a super crunchy mom and never heard of such things. ya girl needs help sometimes.
So today I figured I would share my recipe for a nourishing Dry Shampoo for you to use on the days where your hair is a bit too oily!
A few tips that I’ve learned along the way:
- Be careful not to add too much Dry Shampoo on your actual scalp, as it can cause your head to become a little itchy.
- A makeup brush and comb are helpful to brush the powder onto your hair without it going all over your clothes! (Although wrapping a towel around your shoulders isn’t a bad idea either)
- When washing or rinsing out your hair be sure to scrub your scalp to get the dry shampoo off and prevent it from caking on. (It doesn’t take very long to get it off your hair if you used the brush )
DIY Dry Shampoo
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch or organic cornstarch
- 1 tbs ground cinnamon
- 1 tbs ground ginger
- 10-12 drops of EO (listed down below)
- For darker hair add cocoa powder (about 1 part arrowroot 1 part cocoa)
- For Red or Orange hair add tumeric and beetroot powder to get the color of your red/orange (again 1:1
- Mix in the starch and spices together in a small bowl.
- Next add in the drops of EO and mix in once again.
Pour into a container with a air-tight lid and then pat yourself on the back because you just did it!
Here is a list of beneficial EO to choose for your hair!
West Indian Bay (Pimento racemosa) – This EO is great for controlling dandruff, oily hair as well as strengthening for the hair.
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) – This is great for oily hair. (Not recommended for nursing or pregnant women)
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) – Also great for oily hair. (Not recommended for hormone-dependent cancer, or if you’re pregnant, or nursing)
Green Myrtle (Myrtus communist ct cineole) – Great for oily hair.
Yang-Ylang (Cananga odorata var. genuina) – Great for oily hair as well as strengthening for the hair!
Rosemary & Lavender are also great additions as they are know to help with the growth and strengthening of hair.
*Contact your midwife, doctor, or practitioner for EO not recommended while pregnant or nursing, for more information.
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