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Our friendship has really grown over the last two years (soon to be three in April…what?!). We’ve chatted about everything from drinking homemade lattes to cleaning toilets. It’s safe to say that we’ve explored a lot of natural living and real food topics together, even the ones that are a bit hard to share in public, like photos of my toilet. Today may take our friendship to a whole new level, because we’re going to talk about my mother-in-law and hair. The stuff lady friendships are made of, right?!
PS: If you’re my mother-in-law and you’re currently reading this, I only have good things to say today. Love you!
Many years ago, my mother-in-law introduced me to a homemade product called dry shampoo. Over a phone conversation, she mentioned that when she wasn’t able to wash her hair, she would use a simple baby powder solution to add some fresh life to her roots and take away any grease buildup. I remember thinking, That’s a weird concept. I’ll never get that desperate with hygiene.
At that time, I was a young married woman with an adequate amount of time each morning for a proper shower, so I really couldn’t understand why anyone would need such a product. Why would someone skip washing their hair every single day? The very thought was preposterous to me.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to…
- be an informed consumer and read ingredient lists
- make your own body products using simple ingredients (i.e.cocoa powder, baking soda, oats, yogurt, honey)
- determine what to buy versus make
Six years later, my life has changed. I now have two wonderful children, 6:30 am wakeup calls, a daily coffee-driven carline appointment, work deadlines, and the list could go on. I think you’re getting the point here. And with these major life changes, let’s just say that my view on dry shampoo has also completely changed. I understand the idea of not being able to wash your hair every single day. In fact, there are many days when the last priority on my “to accomplish” list is washing my hair.
Now, please don’t get the wrong idea, I’m a firm believer in good hygiene. I still try to get a shower in my schedule each morning or at night, but as it turns out, skipping a daily hair washing appointment may actually be a very healthy activity.
Hair naturally produces oil called sebum. The sebum provides a barrier to the hair and skin, and also moisture. When hair is washed every single day, shampoo strips the hair of the natural oils which can result in very dry hair. Even my hair stylist has commented that she doesn’t use traditional shampoo on her hair every single day, and instead she uses a dry shampoo in between washes.
Mother-in-laws and hair stylists are always right.
A few months ago, I finally embraced the suggestion of my mother-in-law and hair stylist and started using a simple homemade solution called dry shampoo. Why? Because I realized that daily shampooing, blow-drying, and styling my hair were super time-consuming activities.
With my new hair routine, I wash my hair a few times a week with a “cleaner” store-bought shampoo and conditioner (I haven’t found a homemade shampoo or conditioner that actually work on my hair). On my “skip days,” I simply jump into a quick shower, but I don’t get my hair wet. Instead, I use my dry shampoo to help keep my hair looking clean and grease-free, and sometimes I use my curling iron or flat iron to add a bit of style.
So, who’s with me? Are you ready to stop washing your hair?
Wait, that just sounds so wrong. You know what I mean, right?!
Awesome, let’s proceed…
DIY Dry Shampoo
On my “skip days,” I simply jump into a quick shower, but I don’t get my hair wet. Instead, I use my dry shampoo to help keep my hair looking clean and grease-free, and sometimes I use my curling iron or flat iron to add a bit of style.
In a small bowl, whisk or stir the ingredients together until combined. Do not use metal utensils with bentonite clay. I use a container with a metal lid for long-term storage, but the lid doesn't touch the powder, so I believe it's fine.
Store the powder at room temperature for up to 6 months, or according to the expiration dates on the product packages.
To Use: Lift sections of your hair. Sprinkle the dry shampoo on your roots, toward the top of your head, with either a foundation brush or use a spice container (like a salt shaker or a spice container with a plastic lid). The ends of your hair shouldn't need this shampoo, so just focus on your roots. Wait a couple of minutes for the powder to begin absorbing the oils, then use your hands to massage the powder into your roots and scalp for a few seconds. Finally, brush out the excess powder, and viola...you're ready to face the day!
The “where to buy” links provide links to the actual products I use. As always, I recommend shopping around online and at local stores for the best prices and products you love.
*Cocoa Powder Note: This amount will vary depending on your hair color. I recommend starting with 2 teaspoons, and then increasing the amount until the desired color is achieved (up to a few tablespoons).
This dry shampoo recipe uses the same base ingredients as my homemade foundation powder.