When I first mentioned the concept of dry shampoo to my husband he said something to the effect of, “Why don’t you just wash your hair?” Honestly, this is a reasonable response and perhaps I should in fact, just wash my hair. But, as I imagine you know if you are reading this article, it’s not always practical, convenient, or timely to wash your hair every day. Life happens and sometimes you just need a hair pick-me-up to allow you to postpone that next shower.
By no means am I advocating that you throw your personal hygiene to the wind and stop bathing altogether. However, those occasions do exist when that shower just isn’t going to happen. For those times, this is the recipe that I like and use:
Brown & Red-haired Folks Will Need: (**For lighter hair, see instructions at bottom)
2 Tbsp Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder
2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
½ tsp Baking soda
3-5 drops of Essential Oil (I like lavender and rosemary)
An empty spice shaker OR a small jar & a makeup brush
1. Combine the corn starch, cocoa powder and baking soda in a small dish. Stir to combine.
2. Add 3-5 drops of the essential oil of your choosing. I like using lavender or rosemary but you can experiment with any scents that you like.
3. Mix again and then use a funnel or a rolled up piece of paper to pour the mixture into your spice shaker. (*This mixture can also be stored in a small jar and applied with a makeup brush.)
4. You’re all set! Shake some on to your greasy locks when they need to be refreshed, brush through, and enjoy!
**For Blondes: If you have light hair, you most likely will not want a dark-colored dry shampoo. You can replace some or all of the cocoa powder with more corn starch.
A Final Note: Keep in mind that if you are putting cocoa powder into your hair, your hair will smell a bit like freshly baked brownies. While this might seem obvious, I was nonetheless a little surprised the first time I used this. My advice is to relish the fact that you smell like a walking baked good (I’ve heard no complaints). When you finally do shower, you’ll feel like you’re bathing in hot cocoa. There are worse things, so soak it up and enjoy!