DIY Zero Waste Beauty: Simple, Easy Dry Shampoo Recipe
Make your own Dry Shampoo
I don't need to sell the benefits of dry shampoo for your hair. It's a great thing, but I don't like the unnecessary packaging that comes with the shop bought versions. Did you know there is a super easy way to make your dry shampoo at home? No more need for the spray can with my simple and super easy zero waste dry shampoo recipe. It's so easy I wanted to share it with you all.
Dry shampoo is a super convenient way to eke out an extra day between washes and it's so easy to make at home it's a really simple switch to make when thinking about reducing your packaging and plastic waste. My dry shampoo recipe is great for your hair too. It's boosted with essential oils that are great for your hair, but if you don't have these to hand you can make it without them.
How does Dry Shampoo Work?
Dry shampoo basically works by soaking up the oil on your hair. It is this oil that can make it look greasy and limp. By soaking up the oils, dry shampoo helps to make your hair look fresher and put a little oomph back into 'flat' hair by giving your roots a little lift too.
Dry shampoo can be used by your whole family and it can be extra helpful if you have kids who hate having their hair washed.
Belle & Co Dry Shampoo Recipe
The main ingredient in my dry shampoo is arrowroot powder which you can buy in the supermarket (https://shop.countdown.co.nz/shop/browse/baking-cooking/baking-additives/arrowroot ). If you don't have this to hand, or can't find it in your shops you can also use cornstarch which you'll usually find in the baking aisle of your grocery store. These are the perfect oil soaking ingredients for your hair!
If your hair is darker you will find this might be a little white on your hair and so I have a recipe for dark hair too which smells divine as it's darkened with 100% cocoa powder. You can use cinnamon powder too.
I like to use a blend of lavender oil and rosemary oils in my dry shampoo, but you can leave this out if you don't have any to hand. Aside from the lovely scent, lavender and rosemary oils are renowned for their antimicrobial properties which are great on your scalp. Rosemary oil also will help to strengthen your hair. I also like to use a few drops of peppermint oil which not only adds a fresh kick but it has antiseptic properties and is a great boost for your scalp.
How to use your DIY Dry Shampoo
You can use the dry shampoo straight in your hands. Just use about a teaspoon and rub it across your palm and fingers and scrunch it into your roots. I find it easier to apply it with an old (clean!) make up brush though. dip your brush into the dry shampoo, tap away the excess and dab into your roots.
Massage into your hair and scalp and leave for a few minutes before you brush it through and style as normal.
Belle & Co dry shampoo tips:
- I have dark hair and so use the cocoa recipe. If I run out though and have to reach for the standard mix I find if I apply it at night before bed I wake up with fresher hair and the white has gone.
- If I use dry shampoo in the morning, I apply it before I get in the shower and leave it for longer to absorb the oil for longer before I brush it through.
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe
- 4 tablespoons of arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
- for dark hair only, 4 tablespoons of cocoa or cinnamon powder
- a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil
- a few drops of peppermint essential oil
- a clean, dry jar with a lid - an old jam jar or similar will do
1. Measure out each of your dry ingredients into your jar. With the lid screwed tightly give it a good shake up to blend your cocoa and arrowroot powder together.
2. Add your drops of essential oil, screw the lid and shake up again. You'll want to make sure your dry shampoo is really well mixed before you use it, especially if you have added cocoa so when you think you've shaken enough.. give it another shake anyway ;
And it's as simple as that. Keep your dry shampoo sealed up when you aren't using it to keep it dry and fresh.