A quite a few years ago I came across dry shampoo in the store. I had never used it, but thought it was intriguing, so I grabbed a bottle of it.
Turns out, I absolutely loved the stuff.
It was great for adding a little bit of lift and volume to my roots, great for holding in a solid backcomb, and great for making my hair look first day fresh just *one* more day!
There are some days, where I accidentally sleep in and wake up with less time than I’d like before rushing off to bring the kids to school and hustling off to work. Those are generally the days I wake up feeling, and looking, a little less than fresh. AH! I know. This is when my dry shampoo really steps up!
While I LOVED the store bought stuff, I just didn’t like the ingredient list. Or the fact that they were single use aerosol cans. Or the strong scent. Or how much it made me cough when I used it indoors.
In my bid to be healthier and more environmentally conscious, I mostly gave up dry shampoo.
Then one day, I was at my local health food store and they had a little bottle of dry shampoo sitting on the counter. It wasn’t filled with toxic, hard to pronounce ingredients. It wasn’t an aerosol propelled spray bottle. It was perfect!
Till I saw the price. $30! I choked back my shock and bought it. Used it. Loved it.
Until I ran out. That’s when I decided I needed to make my own.
I hope you love my dry shampoo as much as I do! It’s easy to pat a little bit along my roots for a quick freshen up, or give my head a good spritz with the spray shampoo followed by a quick blow-dry to help sort out the “I just slept this hair” kinks.
The dry shampoo is fairly straight forward – the wet dry shampoo sounds weird, but it’s so great!
To make the dry shampoo:
Gather your ingredients:
2 tbsp tapioca starch
2 tbsp corn starch
3 tbsp Bentonite clay
3 tbsp cocoa powder – change this depending on colour needed to blend in to your hair, use as little as none and as much as 5 tbsp
Simply dump into a lidded container and shake well to combine.
– dip a large makeup brush in the dry shampoo mix
– tap off excess back into container
– tap again in lid
– gently pat the mixture into your roots where required, massage a bit using fingertips
– wait a few minutes, then brush hair thoroughly until well blended.
To make the spray dry shampoo:
2 tbsp tapioca starch
2 tbsp vodka
2 tbsp witch hazel
1-2 tbsp cocoa – if required
10-15 drops of essential oils – if desired
Using a narrow funnel, fill a small spray bottle with ingredients, starting with the starch. Once all ingredients are in the bottle, shake well to combine.
– shake well before use
– part hair and spritz along the roots
– work it in to the roots with your fingers
– hit it with the blow-dryer to help speed up the drying process and to add a little volume
* No need to spray lots of this one – it packs a punch, but just doesn’t seem so when wet
* Spray before you get dressed as it may leave a little bit of powder residue behind
I didn’t add cocoa to this one, although I could have, it was borderline for me on the blend. You’ll know if you need cocoa when you test it.