2/13/14

Dry Shampoo Recipe and Instructions

I know this is gonna sound crazy. There is absolutely no scientific data to back this up. But I am 100% certain that in the last 6 months, I have not added a new gray hair to my head! No, my stress level has not decreased. But, I have not had highlights done in 8-10 months and it is hardly noticeable
 
 Well, maybe it is, but if anyone is saying so behind my back, I can't hear them.
 
I attribute it to one thing: less hair washing. Crazy? Maybe. But I haven't changed much else in my life. I used to be a wash my hair every day kind of gal. And not with gentle, organic cleaners either. Since learning the damage that can be caused to my inners by what I put on my outers, I have significantly cut back on hair washing. Plus, I take my vitamins.

So, yea. I have nice hair. With--I am really not kidding here-- less gray. But I also have an oily mess to deal with by day 2! Her is my trick to help keep the oil at bay in between washings.

Dry Shampoo


1/3 cup Epson salts
1 T arrowroot or cornstarch
1/4 tsp-1 T of cocoa powder (less if lighter hair, more if dark)
6 drops lemon or rosemary essential oils or a combo of both.

Put the Epson salts in a spice grinder and pulverize to a soft powder. Add the other ingredients and pulse until well combined. Store in an airtight container.

To apply, use a cosmetic brush and add a light layer along roots of DRY hair. I am careful to go around my ears as well, a really oily spot for me. Let it sit to absorb the oil for a minute or two (the longer you let it sit, the better.) Then comb it over the sink or bathtub and if needed, run a blow dryer on it for a few seconds.

 
 If you then find that static electricity gives you more height than Madonna in the 80's, reach for static's worst nemesis: Tin Foil!

I used to use fabric softener sheets to tame wild static hair. For a non toxic remedy, cut off a square of tin foil and run it through your luscious locks to smooth them. Use it again and again. Cool trick, huh? How do you think it would work in the dryer?? Hold that thought....

*Shampooing tip of the day: (really, how many hair washing tips does one need in a day?) For a chemical free lather, use this! (affiliate link)
 
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27 comments:

  1. I used to be a wash it every day type of girl too .. stripping it of everything with chemical dyes and shampoos. I have since scaled back considerably and use toxic free shampoos and conditioners. Day 2 is when I start noticing slight oiliness too so I'm going to have to try this! Is the cocoa powder to help color? Thanks for sharing. Visiting from Lets Get Real blog hop!

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    1. yes, if you are blonde, you can omit the cocoa powder. :)

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  2. I am terrible about this. I think I'm the ultimate "must shower and wash hair daily with super hot water because I am always cold even though I know it's bad for me to have the water that hot and our water is full of chlorine even with filters" person. I am so trying this soon. I need to make more hot chocolate mix, so while I've got the cocoa out, I'll give it a try! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. So funny, hot chocolate and dry shampoo...sounds like a date! And delicious!

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  3. I'd like to try it...but will it make me smell like the cocoa all day? Just wondering :)

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    1. If you keep it to a tsp, no. More than that, and maybe. It is really not necessary as you brush or blow dry it out anyhow. I just kind a like the faint smell.

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  4. I had tried to use the vinegar rinse and no shampoo this summer and didn't make it 5 days. Maybe this would be a better idea!

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    1. Yea, I still have to wash 3 times a week at least. But the shampoo bar is a great, non-toxic idea!

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  5. I just found your blog and really love it! What if I don't have a spice grinder? Would it work in a food processor or even a coffee grinder? Or would that ruin the coffee grinder? I've never pulverized epsom salts before :)

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    1. Thanks Ashley. I am glad you stopped by. Spice grinder and coffee grinder are the same thing...I think. It would work great. They chop up very easily. A food processor would work if you did a large batch at once.

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  6. I've been trying to avoid shampooing everyday but I have yet to find a shampoo that works well and doesn't contain harmful chemicals. :/

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    1. I like yes to carrots from target and the liggets shampoo bar. Both work really well on my hair.

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  7. I love this! I have pretty oily hair, and it's blonde, so it shows up pretty well by the time I hit the 24hr mark after washing. I have to wash everyday just to keep it looking decent. I used to use baby powder on days when I just didn't get a chance to wash it, or the oil showed up early. I love this recipe, though and think I need t give it a try! Thanks so much for linking up at Tips and Tricks Tuesday! I always love your posts!

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    1. I hope it works for you. I like the addition of Epson salts which help with oil.

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  8. I only wash my hair about 3x/week--love it! I also recently made a dry shampoo that I'm liking, but need a better way to apply it...might try using a brush like you suggest. Thanks!

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    1. I hope this method works well for you. Thanks for stopping by Kathleen.

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  9. Great post and very interesting! I may not necessarily wash it every day, but more often than not, I try to. Great information! Thanks so much for sharing it on Meandering Mondays! Have a great weekend!

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  10. My daughter is a beautician and she is adamant that people should not wash their hair every day because it is just too hard on the hair! She uses dry shampoo in between washes. I haven't tried dry shampoo yet but this is really interesting and if it stops the hair from graying that would be awesome! Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop.

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  11. Great post! My hair is super thick and frizzy, so I usually wash it every other day.. I need to try out a dry shampoo. Thank you for linking up with us at the MaMade Blog Hop! Don't forget to stop back and link up again next week and see if you've been featured! 

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  12. I have fond childhood memories of my aunt cleaning my hair with a homemade dry shampoo when I had a bad cold or the flu, so I was delighted to see your recipe for dry shampoo. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and helpful instructions on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

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  13. I'm a chocolate lover so cocoa in a dry shampoo would fit my fancy, especially since i have dark hair with a little "Silver". (we don't like to call it grey) and I don't mind smelling like chocolate!! At almost 59 I can still style my hair so none of the "Silver" shows! It also seems to me that I have less "silver" as well lately, though I have not taken a "head count" and I am taking the same vitamins and supplements you are (go doTERRA Life Long Vitality pack!) all my siblings are full of silver, not on LLV!! Maybe there is something to that... Hard to fake it with black hair.and I have always only ever shampooed 2-3x's a week my whole life and never colored my hair. Takes a week for my hair to LOOK greasy! but it will get flat so I'll have to mix up a batch and give it a try and see if that cocoa really does it for black hair! Thanks for the tip Janine!

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  14. Huh. I may have to give this a try. I wash my hair probably more often than I should, do have some gray, but this might work. We'll see what happens....

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  15. Will any essential oils work or do I need to use those in your recipe??

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    1. Sure! Wouldn't chocolate and orange smell great together? I chose lemon and rosemary because they are touted to be good for the hair. No other reason! Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. Thanks for the info and the recipe for dry shampoo. Great blog! I just came over from Whole New Mom and I sure love what I am reading here.Blessings.

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  17. I successfully stopped shampooing my hair daily many yrs ago (esp. after moving to dry CA from humid MI) & my hair has adjusted to once a week with no problems & no excess oil! I have always looked for the least toxic hair products (currently happy with doTERRA shampoo & conditioner) & never add extras like gels or spray. My only grief (esp. as a health & wellness coach) is using hair color. :( I do use the temp. instead of permanent & would love to try henna & indigo but am a little frightened to try it myself & can't find a professional who knows how to use it. Have also tried the natural herb/coffee concoctions w/o success....if that's worked well for anyone, I would love to hear about it! I also love your blog! :)

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