Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo

Dry shampooer's, DRY SHAMPOO, and I mostly mean moms with small kids. Dry shampoo is amazing because it means you can go a few days without washing your hair and no one will know. NO ONE WILL KNOW. And while I don't usually encourage people to pretend to be something they are not, I am perfectly comfortable helping sleep-deprived parents look like they've showered when tiny tyrants are holding them hostage.

I'd love to say that I am part of the brilliant generation that came up with this ground-breaking, grease-defying, time-saving concept, but evidence suggests that crafty humans in Asia were using clay powder in their hair as early as the late 15th-century. The first reference of dry shampoo in the US is from the late 1700s when starches were used to make fabulous wigs a more desirable color and less smelly (i.e., more fabulous).

There are store-bought options out there that work just fine, but finding one that works for dark hair and with only natural ingredients with a reasonable price tag is not easy. This recipe works can be tweaked for either dark or light hair and can be made using just one ingredient. One ingredient! Thank you, Internet.

To make dry shampoo for dark hair:

Mix 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder/cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Add a few drops of essential oils for scent (optional). "Without essential oils (and probably still a little with, I haven't tried) this has a lovely, faint, I Am A Fudge Brownie aroma. You really need to be up in someone's business to smell it. It's subtle and delicious, but prob worth noting in case you hate the smell of chocolate. (Weirdo.)

To make dry shampoo for light hair:

Just use the arrowroot powder/cornstarch, mixed with 5 drops of essential oils if you want to scent. Mix everything together with a spoon and store it in a small jar. You can sprinkle a little on your roots with your fingers or use a makeup brush to apply it. The makeup brush means less of a mess on your counters and more even application. You will need to comb it through to spread it out a bit, especially if you have really dark hair (like me). Honestly, I just sprinkle some on and use my fingers to rub it all over my roots - as if I am washing my hair. I flip my hair over, make sure to get it everywhere close to the roots, and give it a really vigorous shake with my fingers. Bonus: this stuff also gives your hair some really nice volume. Seriously, I have fine hair, and when I do the crazy shake and flip my hair back over, I have a fantastic pouf of magnificence.

I find it also helps to apply this at night before going to bed. as it gives the powder more of a chance to absorb. If you have dark hair and want to try this with no cocoa powder, this would be the way to do it.

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