Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Dry shampoo

I stumbled upon the idea of dry shampoo some time about a year ago. I had never heard of it, but if you've ever browsed the hair/beauty section of Pinterest or randomly clicked around DIY blogs like me, you've seen dry shampoo everywhere. In stores, it comes in a spray canister (I'd still like to make mine spray, but I'll have to live with shaking instead).

The first time I made dry shampoo, I mostly followed this recipe from Petitelefant, but I cut back on the baking soda because I had read it makes your hair gross. It worked pretty well, but the cornmeal got stuck in my scalp, and I'd end up pulling it out all day, which was kinda gross.

I made it again with a few changes:
4 tbsp. ground oats
4 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
tea (in a spray bottle, any flavor you want for a subtle scent)

First, mix up all the dry ingredients, making sure everything is a fine powder. Then, as you mix, spray with peppermint tea. Let it all dry, and repeat once or twice to get the scent in. Once everything is dry, you might want to run it through a spice grinder to make sure it's all a fine powder. Then store it in a little container or salt shaker!

Dry shampoo, before adding the tea
Double-strength tea for a subtle scent
Tea goes into a spray bottle, then spray the
shampoo, let it dry, repeat.
The tea will make it a bit clumpy, so put it
through the spice grinder one more time. 
Spice grinder
The final result (still in a bowl, not its final container)
To use it, I put some on my scalp, rub it around, and brush it out. It's pretty easy, but it does make a mess. I also haven't fully figured out how to get it all out of my scalp and find that it sometimes makes my head itchy because it's sitting there. Is my hair just too thick? Let me know if you have any ideas!

The start--my hair is greasy
Rubbed in the dry shampoo
Flipped my head over the bathtub and rubbed it around
Brushed it out--can you tell it's not as greasy?

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