I have talked about my love of dry shampoo before, but as with every other part of my beauty routine, if there is a natural alternative, I will try it. Depending on whether or not the natural version blows me away, I am happy to give up my chemical-laden products for a less-havoc-wreaking substitute. In addition to wanting a natural alternative, I don’t like the fact that dry shampoo doesn’t last very long. Or at least, it doesn’t for me. As dry shampoo became a necessity to me, I didn’t like that if I ran out, I was doomed. And there is nothing worse than not making time to wash your hair before work, only to find your dry shampoo can is running on empty. Before I tried making my own dry shampoo, I was excited to discover that the ingredients were not only surprisingly simple, but they were things I will always have on hand. No more morning curses over greasy hair. Or, that was my hope.
BEAUTY FROM SCRATCH: DIY Dry Shampoo
So here is the “recipe”:
1/4 Cup corn starch
1 T baking soda
-cocoa powder for darker hair
-a few drops of the essential oil of your choice
That’s it! I use an empty spice container, and shake it a few times before I apply it directly to my roots and rub it in, or brush it through with a comb or brush. I also find that, just like with the store-bought kind, it works better when you let it absorb into your hair while you sleep.
This stuff has saved me so much time and money. And the verdict? It works just as well as my store-bought favorites. I also love that the base recipe is odorless, as weird scents seem to be the top complaint where the store-bought stuff is concerned.
So. Do you use dry shampoo? Have you ever made your own?
Jenny Williams is an Oklahoma-native who moved to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to fulfill her dream of living in her favorite city and working on Capitol Hill. It took her two-and-a-half-years, however, to realize her true passion was not in writing someone else’s policies behind a desk all day, but rather, in the thing she has always loved: observing the beauty of the world, and writing about it. Leaving politics without glancing back, she entered the less glamorous private sector which allows her more time for writing, and her other favorite things: making breakfast, tearing up while reading Anne of Green Gables for the fiftieth time, and exploring the District with her husband. She can be found elsewhere on the internet at Jeneric Generation.