Some of my friends had recommended dry shampoo, but I really didn’t know what it was all about until I tried using it myself. Then I knew right away why people swear by it.
Dry shampoo has become the one and only hair care product that I always am sure to keep on hand. My hair care is pretty low-maintenance: I don’t really do anything beyond shampooing and conditioning. In the past, I tended to shampoo my hair more often than necessary, stripping it of the natural oils that help keep hair healthy. I still find that my hair begins to look oily if I don’t wash it for a couple of days. However, by using some dry shampoo, I can instantly refresh my hair, leaving it clean enough to last one more day without shampooing.
I decided to experiment with making my own dry shampoo using only natural ingredients. I came up with a formula that uses ordinary ingredients I usually keep in my kitchen cupboards, and it worked out really well! It performs as well as the store-bought brands I used to use, leaving my hair refreshed and volumized. It’s also really easy to make. This is what you need to do:
- 2 Tbsp rolled oats
- ½ cup cornstarch
- 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
- 2 Tbsp dry chamomile flowers
- 1/3 cup cocoa or carob powder (for dark hair only)
If your hair is light-colored, omit the carob or cocoa powder. My hair is dark, so I use it to avoid having the dry shampoo show up too visibly in my hair. Using a food processor, mix all the ingredients to make a fine-textured powder. (Alternatively, you could use a spice or coffee grinder for the oats and chamomile if you don’t have a food processor.) Just make sure that all the ingredients are blended together well.
Be sure the container you keep your dry shampoo in is airtight.
The easiest way to use this product is by applying it with a makeup brush such as a soft blush brush.
Dip the brush in the powder, shaking or tapping to remove excess. A little goes a long way. Divide your hair into sections with a comb, and dab the dry shampoo onto your roots. After about two minutes, brush the powder out of your hair. You can also use your fingers to massage the powder into your roots, spreading out the absorption as well as volumizing your hair.
I prefer to keep my DIY dry shampoo inside a pretty glass jar, but I also take it along in a plastic container when I travel.