It’s is best not to wash your hair too often so that your scalp can restore it’s natural balance and produce the perfect amount of sebum for healthy hair. Twice a week is my goal. Between washes I like to use something to keep oily roots at bay and also to give my hair some added lift and volume!
I am actually in the process of creating a small line of products which I can’t get into too much detail about just yet because it’s still in the beginning stages (if you follow me on instagram you have probably seen some teaser photos + videos) but I have some haircare items I have concocted recently. In the process of creating I came up with this really easy to make dry shampoo and volumizing powder (it really does add instant lift to your roots!).
My Mom has been using this powder for the past few weeks and told me her “hair has never looked or smelled better!” and that is coming from someone who is really picky about her haircare products and who tends to have limp and hard-to-volumize hair! After seeing her results and mine I knew I had to share this simple and effective recipe with you all.
I have purchased dry shampoo’s in the past and liked them all but I actually prefer this recipe I created myself. You can tweak the ingredients based on your preference for scents and such but for this recipe I will be using the following ingredients:
- Arrowroot Powder
Is the perfect base for any dry shampoo and does wonders at soaking up excess oils from the roots.
- Raw Cacao Powder
Not only does cacao smell absolutely wonderful, it works very well for brunettes because it doesn’t leave any streaks. It also is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are great for the scalp and hair.
- White Kaolin Clay
Kaolin Clay is rich in silica and can also detoxify hair along with restoring moisture to dry and brittle hair. The clay will also help to get rid of excess oils.
- Lavender Essential Oil
Not only is the scent of Lavender instantly relaxing and intoxicating but it’s actually great for the hair and helps to promote a healthy scalp.
*You can purchase most of these ingredients at your local health food store or on my favorite bulk-ingredient site Mountain Rose Herbs.*
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl until completely blended. This is the finished result:
Notes & Ingredient Substitutes:
- I use one tablespoon of each powder and 5 drops of Lavender EO.
- Instead of Arrowroot powder you can use Cornstarch and/or Orris Root Powder.
- Instead of Raw Cacao you can use Cocoa Powder. If you don’t have light to medium brown hair skip the cacao powder altogether and use yellow cornstarch or extra Arrowroot Powder.
- You can use any essential oil of your choice. Lavender is my favorite because it’s calming and smells delicious. Other great EO’s for this mixture would be: Sage, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Neroli, Peppermint.
How To Apply The Powder:
- To apply this powder I use a foundation brush. It helps to evenly distribute the powder to the roots. I dip the brush in the mixture and apply to sections of my hair (focusing on the roots). I then leave the mixture on my head for a few minutes. I start to massage the mixture into my hair as you would with any regular liquid shampoo. Last but not least; Stand over the bathtub or go outside and flip your head down, comb through your hair with your fingers and gently shake off any remaining powder. Flip your hair back up, brush through and you’ll see that your hair is thicker and your roots should no longer be oily (if they were before). Your hair will smell like a field of Lavender Flowers!
If you end up making this mixture PLEASE let me know how you like it. With the Holidays not too far around the corner, this would be a wonderful gift to give to loved ones! I would love your input 🙂
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