Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dry Shampoo

I use this all the time. It is great for mornings when I can't manage to get out of bed and into the shower, when I have to go to an appointment right after I go to the gym or when I get called into work unexpectedly. I was most grateful for dry shampoo when I stopped shampooing my hair. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver in the icky inbetween time when the baking soda and vinegar doesn't seem to be working yet. For a couple weeks my hair never really felt clean and using dry shampoo really helped me stick to the no shampoo method instead of just giving up.

The proportions of ingredients are not exact, I more or less make it up as I go along each time. In a pinch I just use cornstarch, which make a perfectly good dry shampoo all by itself. Since it's white, it takes a little more brushing to make it blend well with my hair. This recipe is the dry shampoo I use most often, cocoa and red clay make the powder blend in better with brown hair. If you have red hair you could use less cocoa and more red clay, if you're blond you may not use either, or add a teeny tiny bit of either to just take the stark whiteness out of the powder. Just experiment until the colour works for you. It doesn't actually need to match your hair colour.

Dry Shampoo for Brown or Dark Hair:

Cornstarch or Potato Starch, a few tablespoons
Baking Soda, a teaspoon or so
Cocoa, a couple teaspoons
French Red Clay, about a teaspoon

Mix 'em up in a spice jar with a perforated lid so you can sprinkle it on your head. Done.

To use your dry shampoo, just sprinkle it onto your hair and brush it through vigorously to blend the powder in. Focus on any dirty looking areas; I always need some on my bangs. Add powder a little at a time and blend it in well. It's easier to add more than to remove too much. Only apply to dry hair. Wet hair + dry shampoo = paste. It's gross.

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