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DIY All Natural Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Whether you’re going for just one more day without washing or wanting a little more volume in your do, it does the job and it does it well.

I’m always on the look out for ways to cut chemicals and irritants from my products. This recipe from Flora Ex Machina shows us how to DIY a safe dry shampoo that smells divine. There’s one for blondies and another that blends in better for brunettes.

FOR BLONDES
This blend has a delicate floral smell with antiseptic properties.

What you will need:
• mixing bowl
• fine mesh sieve
• whisk
• wide mouth jar for storing with tight fitting lid for storage
• large makeup powder brush for applying 
• 1/4 cup organic arrowroot powder or tapioca starch
• 1/4 cup baking soda
• 1 tablespoon finely ground lavender, dry
• 1 tablespoon finely ground mint, dry
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or a couple drops of your favorite essential oil 

Directions:
1. Make sure the herbs are completely dry. If grinding your own herbs, do so in a high speed blender or mortar and pestle until completely powdered and sift so only the finest powder is used. 

2. Combine dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well with a whisk.

3. Add essential oils of your choice and/or vanilla extract and combine well. 

4. Seal in a wide mouth jar and allow essential oils to dry before applying to

FOR BRUNETTES
This blend smells like a mocha frappe and has scalp-stimulating properties.

What you will need:
• mixing bowl
• whisk 
• fine mesh sieve
• wide mouth jar for storing with tight fitting lid for storage
• large makeup powder brush for applying 
• 1/4 cup cacao powder 
• 1/4 cup espresso powder, finely ground 

The ratio of cacao to espresso powder can be adapted to suit your own hair color. Use more espresso powder for a deeper tone, and more cacao powder for more auburn colors and even redheads. Tapioca starch or arrowroot powder can be added in small amounts to suit lighter shades of brown hair as well. 

This mixture smells delicious on its own, but feel free to add a couple of drops of vanilla extract or your favorite essential oil to the mixture as well. 

Directions:
1. Grind the espresso as fine as possible in a mortar and pestle or high speed blender. Sift espresso powder through a fine mesh sieve so that only the finest powder is used. 

2. Combine dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well with a whisk.

3. If desired add essential oils of choice and/or vanilla extract and combine well. 

4. Seal in a wide mouth jar and allow essential oils to dry before applying to hair. 

TO USE
Make sure your hair is completely dry. Apply roughly one tablespoon of dry shampoo to your hair with a large makeup brush, focusing on your scalp and roots, and massage in with fingers. Let mixture sit for 5-15 minutes. The longer you leave the powder on the hair, the more oil will be absorbed. 

Next, simply brush the powder out with a hairbrush. If you are worried about getting powder on your clothes, you can apply the mixture at night and wrap a towel around your head while you sleep. In the morning you can simply shake and brush out.  

*Try massaging a couple of drops of essential oil into your scalp after the treatment to add an extra boost of fragrance. If you find the scent of essential oils in the dry shampoo has dissipated, you can also add a few more drops to the mixture.

Will you be giving this one a try? Let me know!

Image via Flora Ex Machina

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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  • Nikaila

    This would work perfect for me! Dry shampoo is a life saver and i havent been able to go out and get any more lately! Blondies!! Thanks Jules!!

  • Michele Workman

    I’ve been looking for a good DIY dry shampoo recipe, thanks for posting this!

  • Christina

    Yes! I love dry shampoo especially on cold, winter days when I don’t want to have wet hair. 🙂

  • Andrea

    I have never used dry shampoo. It sounds strange. I might try if I can find all the ingredients.

  • Ashley

    OMG I just tried the brunette version and it is amazing!! I have used a lot of different dry shampoos before and this is the best by far! Just like the description says it smells great. I also found that the spots where your hair may be a little more thin it gives the illusion that your hair is thicker (bonus 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Bianca

    I am trying this dry shampoo. I cannot find cacoa powder any where. Does it make a difference if I use cocoa powder.

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