It’s a new month & a Wednesday means it’s my turn to write a blog for What I Made Wednesday! Today I’m talking all about dry shampoo! But before i get to that, how did you like our featured guests in April? In case you missed them here’s the April Recap:
What I made Wednesday April Edition
How to make cloth napkins – featured guest Lucie
How to reduce the use of single use plastic – featured guest Megan
Goat Soap – featured guest Mandi
So much good stuff hey?? Thanks again to Lucie, Megan, and Mandi for your featured posts.
What I Made Wednesday
Friends, I have a confession 🙋🏼♀️
I hate washing my hair. I know, I know, hate is a strong word and it’s intended here.
All the extra time it takes in the shower to wash these long thick locks *insert eye roll here* (I know, I’m blessed) can sometimes be a real pain. Especially after a day of pounding fence posts. Y’all my arms are TOO tired to be up there washing my hair! Don’t even get me started about after shower care. Brushing through the wet hair plus blow drying NO THANKS. I only wash my hair a maximum of two times a week, if that grosses you out, maybe can’t be friends…
So on the days I can’t wear my hat or toque I turn to the greatest invention of all time – dry shampoo. Yes, I am dry shampoo addict. I have tried nearly every kind there is from natural all the way to the most flowery smelling extra strength kind you can get. A quick spray or shake on the head followed by a rub of your roots with your finger tips and your’re ready to go.
Have you ever taken the time and looked at the ingredients on the back of your spray can of dry shampoo? Typically there are things like we recognize like baking soda or corn starch listed somewhere in the middle. Most often the first ingredients listed on a can of dry shampoo are things like Hydrofluorocarbon (use most commonly in hair sprays and spray deodorants) or butane (lighter fluid). Some of Hydrofluorocarbon’s non-cosmetic uses include a foam expansion agent used in things like spray insulation and a refrigerant used in heating and cooling. Yes, even in some of the natural and clean cans of dry shampoo’s you’ll find these ingredients.
All of that crammed into one can of convenience in the mornings when your hair is just a little too greasy to go out into public acceptably and you hit that snooze button just one too many times. Kind of scary right? I personally don’t want to spray lighter fluid on my head. So in the effort to clean up the products I used on my body, I started testing out cleaner-powdered dry shampoos. But when I looked at the ingredients list on these sometimes expensive products, I was like ‘Hey, I can make this myself’. So started my adventure into homemade dry shampoo. Through some trial and error, I have found a blend of ingredients found in your kitchen pantry mixed with delicious smelling oils that will leave your hair looking fresh and smellin’ fine, even though you’re on day three of not washing it.
Homemade Dry Shampoo
Cocoa Powder (for dark hair)
Your favourite Young Living Essential Oil
*The rice acts like a scent bud in your dry shampoo. Adding oils directly to your powders can make them clump up and difficult to apply. If you choose to not use oils you can skip the first two steps.
In a small glass jar with a lid, pour 2-3 tbs of rice in the bottom (more if your jar is larger). I used only two in the jar in the picture.
Next, drop in your favourite Young Living Essential oil or oil blend (I typically mix lavender + peppermint or Peace and Calm). Let the rice soak up the oils for a few minutes before you proceed.
Measure out equal parts baking soda and corn starch (If you have dark hair, add an equal part cocoa powder) and place in your glass jar.
Place lid on jar and shake to combine. Tadaa, you’re done!
Options for application
- Purchase a jar that has a shaker top with holes on the smaller side. Shake to apply to your roots and wait a minute, then rub your finger tips on your roots to discard any excess that hasn’t soaked in.
- Use a blush brush to apply the dry shampoo to your roots! It’s a little less messy then shaking if on and I find I can be more accurate and less wasteful. Dip your brush into the jar and tap off any excess & rice that may get on your brush then apply to roots. After you apply, wait a minute, then rub your finger tips on your roots to discard any excess that hasn’t soaked in.
Try it out and let me know what you think of my dry shampoo recipe in the comments below!
Thank for checking out my What I Made Wednesday for the month on May. Stay tuned all month long for some more great makers, creators, artisans, small shops and more!
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