Going natural is all the buzz in beauty and body products these days. Nothing new really because that’s how it all began back in the day. Everything in the kitchen cupboard and pantry is DIY recipes waiting to be made when needed. Before bottled shampoos, DIY dry shampoo recipes were concocted by women in their kitchens because there weren’t any real chemicals around to play with — safely. Having water to wash your hair meant putting in some muscle and elbow to gather enough water daily to drink, cook with and clean. Making your own dry shampoos would certainly go a long way for the pioneer women then.
Today, women are jugglers and live multiple lives at the same time. Time is never a convenience even more so, “me “ time for ourselves. The rise of online shopping and grocery shopper apps tells of how even the most basic needs of men and women are a hassle to buy even when they have the money to buy. And for those who live the other way around, having the time but never have enough money to buy basic necessities — dry shampoo recipes are a godsend!
What Is a Dry Shampoo?
Although it sounds like a confusing and contradicting product, it actually does work! The basic principle of shampooing your hair is to clean it and rid your scalp of sweat and oil that traps dirt and clogs your hair follicles. The typical liquid shampoo in a bottle or the shampoo bar does this conveniently but it needs to be rinsed off well.
A dry shampoo requires only dusting ( and even spraying ) an oil-absorbing ingredient on your scalp and hair strands to suck up the oily residue stuck to it. Cornstarch, arrowroot powder, and bentonite clay are common ingredients in DIY dry shampoo recipes. The idea here is to rid the scalp and hair of accumulated grease that develops on your head due to sweat and keep it looking clean. Most women who have no time and money to repeatedly style their hair use this as their secret weapon for keeping well-coiffed every day at work. It is true! You can’t deny the fact that dirty hair holds and styles better than clean hair. You’ll be surprised how many of those picture-perfect wedding hairdo’s have not been washed for days. Ha!
Types of Dry Shampoos
Before you start cooking up a storm for a DIY dry shampoo recipe, let’s get to know and understand what’s in a commercial dry shampoo product and what they do for your hair.
This usually means the shampoo has a higher percentage of starch. Looking at the back label, you will find this on the list of ingredients right before an alcohol-based component in the guise of something that resembles the word cyclodextrin. This means the product uses more powder to enable it to absorb more oil. However, it does leave quite a powdery residue, so it is best to brush it out well after leaving it on for a few minutes.
Are you familiar with how ingredient listings work on product labels?
The first ingredient listed means it contains the highest content percentage in the product If alcohol is the first ingredient you spot on the label, this dry shampoo formula is best for acquiring and maintaining volume. Alcohol thins out the mixture and has a less powdery mist that can weigh down hair. However, this only works for hair that hasn’t been washed for a day and was not subjected to much sweat and heat.
Are Commercial Dry Shampoos Bad for You?
Convenience always comes with a price but there are ways to compromise. No matter how much a lifesaver commercial dry shampoos can be, using them in place of proper hair cleansing shampoos is an open invitation party for buildup, breakouts and clogged pores.
Dry shampoos are only meant to be quick fixes and not a permanent personal hygiene regimen.
Does Dry Shampoo Really Clean Your Hair?
To be short and honest, it doesn’t. Dry shampoo is a quick fix solution for those time-strapped days when you have nothing but a prayer to hold onto while you’re spinning around. Our scalp has a need to be regularly washed and cleaned of excess scalp oil, dead skin cell build-up and hair grime. Using dry shampoo for long periods will eventually cause damage to hair follicles and trigger dandruff.
Is Talc Powder Safe to Use in Dry Shampoo?
Studies have found that talc has been linked to cancer. Although it is still used in other body products today, it is best to heed such warnings from research and choose safer ingredients in the products you buy or prefer to use on your DIY cosmetic and body products. Rice powder, activated charcoal, bamboo powder, clay powder, and even cocoa powder are safer natural alternatives for talc-based products.
Is It Better to Buy Commercial Dry Shampoo Products or Make a DIY Dry Shampoo?
Consciousness can never be turned back. Once you are awake, you can never close your eyes and pretend to be asleep. We are all given choices and the power to inform ourselves with knowledge and facts. There are hundreds and thousands of commercial products out there we can choose to use, but knowing what is harmful to your body, to others and the environment and making the right conscious choice is what matters most.
Whether you choose to make your own dry shampoo recipe or patronize a commercial brand of dry shampoo for ease of convenience and/or lack of time and skill to concoct your own DIY dry shampoo –being self-aware of harmful and safe ingredients should be the basis of your choice.
If you’re quite the experimental nerd and homemaker, you will be pleased to find that there are a lot of DIY versions of commercial products. The point is, don’t be afraid to try. If you’re using all-natural ingredients and have researched enough–you really can’t go wrong.
Just Do It! DIY Dry Shampoos for Dark and Light Hair
Maybe you’ve thought about it or know someone who makes their own hair products because of specific traits that need specific ingredients. Some have dry hair, others have oily hair. People with blonde hair have different shampoo requirements than brunettes. Dark hair and grey hair react differently with shampoos meant for light hair.
The Mane DIY Dry Shampoo Recipes
For Dark Hair
- 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 2 – 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- Essential oil of choice ( 5 drops )
- 1 tablespoon Bentonite Clay
- 1 tablespoon Arrowroot powder
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Essential oil of choice ( 5 drops )
For Light Hair
- 1 tablespoon bentonite clay
- 1 tablespoon Arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Essential oil of choice ( 5 drops )
Mix it all up together and place in a small jar. Caution: don’t add too much cocoa powder as the heat from your hands and scalp will turn the cocoa powder into a chocolatey mess.
How to Dry Shampoo Your Hair
- Use an old makeup brush.
- Tap on the mixture to your roots. Concentrate on the oily parts of your hair.
- Run your fingers all over and through your hair and feel where oils mostly build up.
- Divide your hair into sections if you can and move from the crown of your head down to your name.
- Let the powder set on your hair for 5- 10 minutes then brush your hair out from root to tip. This evenly distributes the powder and removes the excess.
Diy Wet/ Dry Shampoo Spray for Light and Dark Hair
- 1 cup warm water
- ¼ cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- ¼ cup vodka , rubbing alcohol or witch hazel
- Essential of your choice
Mix all ingredients in a small spray bottle and shake well. Spray on roots and oily parts of your scalp and hair. Let dry and style as you please.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do remember the golden rule of less is more. Putting too much will only end up as clumps and leave your hair with an ashy look and color. Shampoo and clean your hair properly after a short period of dry shampooing.