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?
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
- 0-4 tablespoons corn starch or flour
- 0-4 tablespoons cocoa
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil
- 1 teaspoon zinc oxide powder
- 1/4 teaspoon matcha (powdered) green tea
- 1. Mix the powders together in the quantities to suit your hair colour (see note in above post).
- 2. Stir in rosemary essential oil.
- 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).