DIY Dry Shampoos So You Don't Have To Splurge On Another Bottle
To be honest, I have officially given up on store-bought dry shampoos. I’ve gone through countless cans swarming with chemicals that not only do more harm than good for my hair in the long run, but that actually make my strands look greasier than they did to begin with (which I didn’t even know was possible, considering day one without a wash is cutting it close).
Here’s my dilemma, though: I’m still resisting shampooing my hair every time I take a shower in an attempt to train my tresses not to be so dependent on product. The answer, I’ve come to find, is to DIY my own dry shampoo to save money and sustain my hair health with wholesome, natural ingredients I recognize.
Navitas Organics Organic Cacao Powder, $6.99 ThriveMarket.com
Maybe I’m a little late to the game here, but I was in awe when one of my favorite wellness gurus, Lee Tilghman, gave a thorough tutorial on how to use raw cacao as a dry shampoo for brunettes. The technique is so simple, and so genius, that I’m a little bitter I didn’t come up with it myself.
All you’ll need is raw cacao or cocoa powder, a towel to drape over your shoulders for the sake of clean clothing, and a mesh strainer to separate clumps from the loose powder. You only need to sprinkle a little bit over the center of your scalp and liberally disperse with your fingertips as a little goes a long way.
Cocoa is rich in magnesium, and contains other essential nutrients like vitamin A, protein, and thiamine. These health benefits enhance your hair’s all-natural shine, and shaking it out can turn up the volume on any just-rolled-out-of-bed head.
Feel Good Organics Arrowroot Powder, $9.49 Amazon.com
Don’t worry, blonde beauties, I could never forget about you. Granted, I haven’t been a natural blonde since the early 2000s, so I reached out to Master Stylist and Colorist at James Joseph Salon. Mincho Pacheco to relay a home remedy for yellow strands that need saving on the fly.
Take ¼ cup of arrowroot powder and combine the dry ingredient with five drops of essential oil (lemon, he says, is a personal favorite). Mix the two ingredients with a spoon and apply to the roots, scalp, or just the oily parts of your hair that need touching up.
Pro Tip: Pacheco suggests using “an old makeup-brush” to a) save time combing through strands and b) enhance styling.
Cornstarch and Turmeric
Argo 100% Pure Corn Starch, $1.59 Target
Red heads, your fiery tresses are fierce, so it’s no wonder a spice like turmeric does wonders for your days-old strands.
This is definitely more of a root touch up than full-on dry shampoo, but it does a good enough job in that no one will notice you haven’t washed in a while. Cornstarch is commonly used in DIY dry shampoos (can also be swapped for arrowroot), while turmeric is highly antibacterial, so not only will your strands look clean, they’ll feel it too.