If I can make my own version of something, I will do it. I don’t know if it’s me trying to be frugal or my rebel nature – likely the latter, as it is usually the culprit! 😉 – so when I figured out this recipe I was pretty proud of myself!
This dry shampoo works great, smells awesome even if you don’t use essential oils plus it’s literally 2 ingredients (less if you are light haired!), and all of 5 seconds of prep!
As with most things that I make myself, this started with a need, first I wanted to start taking my showers at night, to save time in the morning. But for years I had been taking my shower in the morning because I had a deep rooted fear of having greasy hair.
Maybe it’s getting older, or all of the mindset changes I have made in the past couple of years, but I did not care as much about that anymore. I did however want a way to add volume to my hair and not have it weighed down all day while I waited to have my shower at night.
I contemplated buying conventional dry shampoo, but when I realized all of the toxic ingredients in them, plus the fact that they all come in aerosol cans, that decision was a big NO for me!
Then I started researching natural dry shampoos, and found a few, and realized the ingredients where crazy simple, and for a fraction of the price I could just make my own!
So I did a little research for a recipe, but I could not find any that didn’t have obscure ingredients, and in my impatient nature, I wanted to make it RIGHT NOW! Haha! So when I didn’t find any recipe I thought would work, and for which I had all of the ingredients on hand, I decided to develop my own.
After a couple of bouts of trial and error, I came up with the recipe below, and I have been using it almost daily ever since!
And although I wash my hair every day, I tested it just for my loyal readers, and I can tell you it lasts 3 days easily between washes!
All you are going to need is a kind of starch, and cocoa powder if you are dark haired.
It’s a 1:1 ratio, or straight starch depending on your hair colour. Then if you want it to smell like something then you can add about 1 drop per tablespoon of powder of essential oil to the mixture.
Mix well, and add to your container of choice. Here I used an old spice jar, so I can either sprinkle it into my hair, or – my preferred method – use an large makeup brush to apply directly to the roots of your hair!
So to reiterate, here is how I prep my dry shampoo…
3 Ingredient DIY Dry Shampoo
- 1/8 cup tapioca starch
- 1/8 cup cocoa powder
- 4-8 drops essential oil (usually lavender, mint, and rosemary)
DirectionsSimply mix the ingredients together in a bowl and store in an air tight container. I use an old blush brush to apply to my roots, then scrub my scalp with my fingers as I would when washing my hair. Then I brush my hair, and style as usual.
That’s it! Enjoy the frugality, and hope it makes your rebel heart happy! 😉