Did you know that it's best not to wash your hair too often? Our scalp is more than capable of restoring it's natural balance and producing the perfect amount of sebum for healthy hair all on it's own! Making this transition, I started by shampooing three times a week and now that my scalp has kind of "reset" itself (if you will), I am able to get away with washing once (twice max) a week!
Between washes I do like to use something to keep any oily roots at bay, and also to give my hair some added lift and volume. There are many great dry shampoos on the market but sometimes my scalp can get easily irritated by specific ingredients added, so I thought, 'why not make my own and add the ingredients that work best for me?' It's really easy to make dry shampoo and volumizing powder (and it adds a noticeable instant lift to your roots!)
The great part about this recipe is that you can tweak the ingredients based on your scent preference.
DIY DRY SHAMPOO + VOLUMIZING POWDER
Arrowroot Powder - the perfect base for any dry shampoo as it does wonders for soaking up excess oils from the roots.
Raw Cacao Powder - Not only does cacao smell absolutely wonderful, it works very well for brunettes because it doesn't leave any streaks. It also is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are great for the scalp and hair. *If you are not brunette see below for ingredient alternatives!
White Kaolin Clay - Kaolin Clay is rich in silica. It can also detoxify hair while restoring moisture to dry and brittle hair. The clay is also absorbent for excess oil.
Lavender Essential Oil - Not only is the scent of lavender instantly relaxing and intoxicating, but it’s actually great for the hair and helps to promote a healthy scalp.
NOTES & INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTES
I use one tablespoon of each powder, and 5 drops of lavender EO.
Instead of arrowroot powder you can use cornstarch and/or orris root powder. You can also add baking soda, but I find my scalp responds better without it.
Instead of raw cacao you can use cocoa powder. If you don’t have light to medium brown hair skip the cacao powder altogether and use yellow cornstarch or extra arrowroot powder.
You can use any essential oil of your choice. Lavender is my favorite because it’s calming and smells delicious.
Other great EO’s for this mixture would be: sage, jasmine, ylang ylang, rosemary, sandalwood, neroli, and peppermint.
HOW TO APPLY: To apply this powder, I use a foundation brush. It helps to evenly distribute the powder to the roots. I dip the brush in the mixture and apply to sections of my hair (focusing on the roots). I then leave the mixture on my head for a few minutes. I start to massage the mixture into my hair as you would with any regular liquid shampoo. Last but not least, stand over the bathtub (or go outside) and flip your head down, comb through your hair with your fingers, and gently shake off any remaining powder. Flip your hair back up, brush through and you’ll see that your hair is thicker and your roots should no longer be oily (if they were before). Bonus? Your hair will smell like a field of lavender flowers!