Our hair is indeed our richest ornament, it frames our faces and is considered our crowning glory. As such, it is important that we observe proper hair care for our manes, no matter their shade, length, and variety.
One way to take proper care of your hair is to use a natural dry shampoo. Using such prevents you from putting too many chemicals on your hair brought about by commercially-produced shampoos. Daily use of the latter is known to strip your hair of natural oils, causing it to become dry and unhealthy.
Thankfully, there are plenty of hair care alternatives that help in cleaning your scalp naturally. With a homemade shampoo, you're observing natural hair care, which your hair will definitely thank you for.
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Natural Dry Shampoo? Here's How to Make It at Home!
What you'll need:
List of Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup of arrowroot powder
- 5 drops of your favorite essential oil
List of Equipment:
- Small mixing bowl
- Small rubber spatula or spoon for mixing
- Makeup brush for application
- Small jar for storage (preferably a small glass mason jar)
If you don't have arrowroot, you may opt to use organic cornstarch. That alternative ingredient works for light-colored hair. If you have dark-colored hair, however, you can use a combination of 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder and 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder.
The best types of essential oils known to promote healthy scalp and hair are readily available.
- Lavender oil is known to have antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, thus, it is perfect for this homemade natural dry shampoo recipe.
- Peppermint oil is another type of essential oil that is known to promote hair growth due to its ability to increase circulation to the applied area. If you wish to grow your hair and make your strands thicker, rosemary essential oil is your safest bet.
- Other types of oils beneficial to hair care include cedarwood, lemongrass, thyme, clary sage, tea tree, and ylang-ylang.
IMPORTANT: If you are allergic or contraindicated to these substances, please don't use them and consult a professional.
Step 1: Measure Dry Ingredients
Measure out your dry ingredients, may it be the arrowroot powder, organic cornstarch, or a combination of arrowroot and cocoa powder. Place them in your mixing bowl.
Step 2: Time for Essential Oil
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Add in 5 drops of your chosen essential oil that fits your natural hair care need.
Step 3: Mix Oil and Powder Properly
Mix your powder and your essential oil together using your spatula or spoon. Make sure that you incorporate the essential oil with your dry ingredients properly.
Step 4: Time for Storage
Place your mixture into your prepared glass jar. You can opt to use a small kitchen funnel if available, so you don't spill some of your powder mixture on your working table.
Step 5: Try out Your Natural Dry Shampoo!
Apply your natural dry shampoo formula onto your scalp using your makeup brush. Proper sectioning of your hair helps with the application as it exposes areas on your scalp that need dry shampoo.
If you don't know which scalp areas need an application of your homemade shampoo, simply feel your scalp with your fingers and determine which parts seem oily to touch.
Guide on Best Practices
Going the D-I-Y route on hair care is a great way to kickstart or maintain optimum overall health. Of course, when you choose to go down the path of do-it-yourself, you must ensure that you are using quality ingredients.
- Using quality ingredients basically means that you are using natural and chemical-free substances. Harmful chemicals are what you are trying to avoid when you want to care for your skin and hair naturally.
- When buying your ingredients for this homemade shampoo hair care recipe, it is better to go organic on your choices. Organic options for most ingredients were a bit harder to find several years ago, but thankfully, the healthy, chemical-free movement has slowly reached the mainstream market.
It is incredibly easy to find organic options of almost all household ingredients nowadays, so you're in luck with this recipe!
- When applying your dry shampoo onto your scalp, it is best to use a brush to make sure that you pick up enough of the shampoo itself and distribute it evenly on the oily areas of your scalp.
- If you don't have a makeup brush to use, you can always put your dry shampoo mix in a shaker container with holes, and just sprinkle some of the powder directly onto your scalp when using.
- After the application of your homemade shampoo, it is best to brush your hair using a wide-toothed comb. This way, you are distributing the shampoo even further along your scalp, in case you missed some parts in the beginning.
- If you have dark hair but are iffy about using cocoa powder, you can totally skip it! Just make sure that you apply your natural dry shampoo mix sans the cocoa powder onto your scalp the night before. In case you forgot, however, you can apply your arrowroot and essential oil shampoo mix two hours before you head out.
Doing so give your dry shampoo a bit of time to get absorbed into your scalp. When it gets absorbed, you won't have to worry about having white roots from the arrowroot or the cornstarch.
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Making your own natural dry shampoo has such a big benefit when it comes to hair care. You are avoiding the use of excessive chemicals on your scalp and hair while sticking to all-natural ingredients that are proven to be beneficial.
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