how to make dry shampoo beauty diy

As devotees to the concept of the quick workout and even quicker beauty routine, we’ve been looking for a recipe telling us how to make dry shampoo for eons – one that actually works. So you can imagine our delight when we discovered this DIY by Heather Crosby and our friends at Darling Magazine that not only delivers, but gets our locks both sweat-free and smelling amazing! Perfect for those post-yoga dates or just a normal day sans shampoo, here’s how to make dry shampoo for both light and dark hair. Bonus? There’s only 2-3 ingredients! Now that’s what we call a quick fix:

As a woman with fine hair, the second I tried dry shampoo I was swooning. Not only was the oil gone, but my hair’s texture was the stuff of dreams. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for busy women, active women, and women who prefer the way their hair looks a day (or three) after a shampoo.

If you aren’t familiar with dry shampoo, picture yourself running late to meet your girlfriends for dinner post-yoga and sans shower. Or, throwing in that top-knot before work and the sides are looking a little too slick to be safe. With dry shampoo you not only dry out the oil and add fabulous texture to your hair in minutes, but you save some water, too.

However, we don’t need to use chemicals to dry up oil and get that gorgeous volume.

Our skin is our largest organ — what it comes in contact with (pollution, chemical cleaners, beauty products, fragrance) eventually makes its way into our bloodstream and can manifest as acne, mood swings, thyroid issues, developmental and reproductive harm, autoimmune disease and even cancer. Most beauty and personal care products on the market, including our beloved dry shampoos, contain known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and other toxins, so skip the chemical-laden dry shampoos and make your own out of a few ingredients so safe you can eat them. And they smell so good that you’ll want to. So skip the chemical-laden dry shampoos and make your own out of a few ingredients so safe you can eat them.

Making your own beauty products is empowering and easier than you may think. It’s also a commitment to being accountable for your health, and it’s a way you can connect a bit more not only with yourself, but also with those you gift with homemade goodies (hint, hint).

All you need to make your own dry shampoo is a container (an empty salt shaker, a recycled seasoning jar with a shaker top, a store-bought shaker, or a glass jar with a lid) and a large makeup brush to apply. Feel free to double or triple these amounts to fill the container you’ll be storing it in.

Lavender-Scented Dry Shampoo

For Light Hair:

2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder (aka arrowroot flour or arrowroot starch)
7–8 drops of lavender essential oil

For Dark Hair:

1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon of cocoa (or raw cacao) powder
7–8 drops of lavender essential oil

For tips on how to apply and customize your dry shampoo, read the rest of the DIY on Darling by clicking over here!

Check out the toxic shampoo ingredient that’s not on the label here!

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  1. This may be a silly question, but how do you use Dry Shampoo?

    kristina | 12.22.2014 | Reply
  2. Omg!!! Thank you so much for this recipe! I have tried it and it works extremely, extremely, and surprisingly well! As someone who has thin, oily hair, I’ve lived in a nightmare of either washing my hair every day (and feeling this deteriorate it even more over time) or having to go through my first day without washing feeling dirty, greasy, ugly, and self-concious. I didn’t expect this recipe to work on my hair so well seeing as mine is exceptionally oily, but it allows me to go three days without washing, a miracle in my book which will seriously help me make it healthier over time. THANK YOU!!!

    Daniella | 11.14.2015 | Reply

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