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How to make dry shampoo

Are you dutiful about washing your hair? I’d like to be better. You’d think I didn’t like washing my hair, but I do love to with this shampoo. It’s just the styling afterwards. Life gets in the way and I’d rather be off making things.

I know that in the land of grown ups, clean and styled hair is important, even for mad makers like me. So, I’ve been on the hunt for some creative options and I’ve found three great ways to fake grown up, or at least, well loved hair.

1. This nifty salt hair spray. It’s great for thickening, doing an intentionally messy look and can also help push an extra day out of a hair wash.

2. Tying my hair up in a scarf, has been a long time coming. Whenever I tried it I looked like I was trying out for the part of one of the wise men in the local school Christmas pageant. That was until I watched this tutorial by the fabulous Smaggle. Now, I own the hair scarf.

3. The third is genius. Dry Shampoo with scalp conditioning and protection. Now I realise homemade dry shampoo is all over Pinterest like a, well something nasty, but what few people seem to realise is that it has a very useful history and some very important ingredients that make dry shampoo good for scalp conditioning too.

What tricks do you use to push past those need-to-wash hair days?

How to make dry shampoo | Blah Blah Magazine

Cornmeal, dry shampoo and scalp conditioning

My beloved, 1970s, The Handbook of Natural Beauty, mentions how cornmeal was originally used by Dr L. Edward Gual, M.D., of Evansville, Indiana, to treat a patient suffering dandruff, seborrhoea and hair loss that wasn’t responding to any medications. It took several months but the condition was reversed. This is only one case, but it looks like the good doctor may have been inspired by the traditional American Indian medicine that used cornmeal and corn oil to treat dandruff and skin conditions. Corn starch or flour is bascially cornmeal ground finer, so better suited to modern dry shampoo recipes.

Cocoa and the fatty acids it contains are believed to nourish the scalp and in the long run minimise split ends.

Rosemary essential oil has legendary status in the aromatherapy world for helping scalp issues and hair condition.

The green tea and zinc are optional, but I live in Australia and think it’s a good idea to sneak in potential sun care* at any opportunity. Besides, the sun does nasty things to hair and scalps too. Zinc oxide powder sounds scary, but it’s similar to the stuff people take as a nutritional supplement and can be bought at online aromatherapy suppliers. I understand if you’re nervous about the green matcha powder colouring your hair, but at this quantity you won’t notice and if you’re really worried you don’t need to use it.

Colour matching your hair to dry shampoo

One of the wonderful things about homemade stuff is you can tailor it to you, perfectly. In the recipe below corn starch or flour and cocoa are listed as 0-4 tablespoons. This is so you can match the powder to your hair colour. You’ll also see in the ingredients picture the two different brands of cocoa, as there can be a bit of variance in colour.
White blonde can probably get away with 4 tablespoons corn starch and no cocoa.
Medium blonde 3 tablespoons corn starch and 1 tablespoon cocoa
Brunette (like my hair below) 2 tablespoons corn starch and 2 tablespoons cocoa
Dark brunette will need to use only cocoa and may need to skip the zinc too.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has black hair and has had success with making a dry shampoo. I’m wondering if charcoal might be a good option, as it also has great absorptive properties. Is there anyone happy to experiment? I sourced my charcoal powder from an aromatherapy supplier, but it can also be bought in capsules in healthfood stores.

Homemade dry shampoo

How to use

Sprinkle on a clean brush (I love this brush my brother gave me when I was 14 years old).How to make dry shampoo | Blah Blah Magazine

Brush through hair.How to make dry shampoo | Blah Blah Magazine

Dry shampoo ingredientsHow to make dry shampoo | Blah Blah Magazine

How to make dry shampoo
An easy to make recipe that will help on those should've-washed-my-hair days
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  1. 0-4 tablespoons corn starch or flour
  2. 0-4 tablespoons cocoa
  3. 5 drops rosemary essential oil
  4. 1 teaspoon zinc oxide powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon matcha (powdered) green tea
  1. 1. Mix the powders together in the quantities to suit your hair colour (see note in above post).
  2. 2. Stir in rosemary essential oil.
  3. 3. Store in a sterile jar with a shaker lid (herb or parmesan shakers are perfect for this – I found mine in a discount store).
Adapted from The Handbook of Natural Beauty
Adapted from The Handbook of Natural Beauty
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*Just as an aside, I’m not keen on the idea of replacing sunscreen for the face and body with green tea and zinc. Yes, there is evidence that they aid with sun protection, but skin cancer is a big risk and I haven’t seen enough evidence to support replacing an SPF rated sunscreen on the skin, however I see zinc and green tea as a bonus in hair care and one worth taking.

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  1. I didn’t even know you where ALLOWED to make your own dry shampoo. This is freaking awesome. Thanks for the link lovely lady! xxx

  2. I have never tried dry shampoo but after having my third baby this might be something I will need to try.

  3. Brilliance yet again. How long does it hold your hair out from a wash for hun? You know just asking for ahem a friend 😉 xx

    • Lovely lady, for me it only lasts the day but for less oily hair it might last longer x

      • But, I forgot to say that someone I know, ahem, has used it two and even three days running, but applied it twice during the day (with a make up brush) on the last day. At which point she decided it was probably a good idea to wash her hair x

  4. I actually never knew you could make your own dry shampoo. I use dry shampoos quite often but I don’t like how they smell! I’d have to give this a go some time. Thanks for such a helpful post xx PS following you on Bloglovin now!

  5. When I was a kid my mom would buy “Minipoo”. Don’t know if they still make it but I love the name. I’ve been using baby powder but it does leave my dishwater blonde hair looking rather gray. Love the idea of adding colorful herbs. Think I’ll try a little tumeric for some golden highlights.

    • Great name. I love the way you’re thinking of different herbs and spices. Turmeric is sometimes used for staining skin, so it’s probably a good idea to do a little patch test somewhere discrete. I was wondering about chamomile ground in a coffee grinder x

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