DIY Beauty: How to Make Dry Shampoo
Let's be honest with each other for a sec. I (and I think can safely say we) don't wash my (our) hair everyday. Some days, it might even be a little oily (gasp!). I would like to say that my disdain for hair washing comes from a strict beauty routine and not wanting to strip my hair of it's natural oils. The truth is far less glamorous though, it boils down to pure laziness.
Dry shampoo soaks up all that oil and dirt and gives your hair texture and a fresh scent. It's basically my best friend in a bottle. I like to constantly have a supply of dry shampoo on hand. Only sometimes, this doesn't work out and I'm left with greasy hair and no bottle of my best friend in sight. Now, did you know that you can easily DIY dry shampoo with just a few household ingredients?
It is possible to use baby powder for dry shampoo when you're in a pinch. However, this also means some time spent combing and brushing it through for the brunette ladies. This recipe combats that cleverly, so read on ladies:
Here's what you'll need:
For darker hair: 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons of corn starch
For lighter hair: 1/2 cup of corn starch and 2 tablespoons of baking soda
Now, here's what you do: mix them together. It's that simple!
For a fresh scent, you'll can add one to two drops of essential oil. You can find essential oils at most grocery or health food stores.
Once you've mixed everything together, store in spice jars. This way you can shake it onto your hair without the mess! These jars are US$2.99 for 2 and you can find similar ones at the dollar store.
(additional images via flickr.com, recipe adapted from freepeople.com)
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I have dark hair and am a little worried I would have chocolate running down my face if it rains...I think I will just stick with the store bought stuff!
This may sound silly but I never heard of dry shampoo, please explain? I know your not essentially tossing this stuff in your hair and skipping the water altogether, right? What is the benefit of dry shampoo and how does it make your hair clean?
I have never thought of using cocoa powder!
tempted to try this out! never thought of using cocoa for my hair :S
I wonder if you would be able to detect the cocoa powder on the scalp?! This may be problematic for ladies with fine hair....
I think this is a wonderful idea. I used to try just plain baby powder but being a dark brunette it was always a fail. Can't wait to try this!
I am a dry shampoo addict! The cocoa powder kind of threw me but it makes sense for darker hair. The longer you go without washing your hair, the longer you CAN go without washing it. It takes awhile but I can go 3 days without even dry shampooing my hair and it looks fine
Interesting. Will have to try some day. But i m afraid my hair would smell like cocoa, lol. i m not sure if that s a bad thing or not? lol. :)
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