With Floyd Fest next week, I’ve been working on my checklist of all the things I need to take with me – including those things that will simplify my stay as well as make things easier on me. This includes going for my first ever session of acupuncture the day before I’ll be sleeping on the ground for three straight nights in hopes it will keep my fibro calm during my stay. Additionally, as there are only a limited number of shower stalls available at Floyd Fest and, from what I hear, lines for those showers the entire stay, one product I definitely have on my list other than unscented baby wipes is dry shampoo.
I’ve tried some different versions of a dry shampoo, including ones that called for using spices like nutmeg or cinnamon for a darker shampoo, but the strong food fragrance put me off – especially since I’ll be camping outdoors and don’t want to attract insects. In the end I came up with a natural recipe that is void of cornmeal and instead uses arrowroot powder, rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, cosmetic clays, essential oils and herbs. Not only does it work beautifully, but it also adds volume and a lovely lavender fragrance.
Natural Handmade Dry Shampoo Recipe
3 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Rice Flour White
1 Tablespoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons colloidal oatmeal
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 Tablespoon Rhassoul (Red Moroccan) Clay
1 Tablespoon lavender blossoms (flowers)
1 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
1/2 ml rosemary extract
Because I tend to have red highlights in my hair I chose to use red moroccan clay in this recipe. If you prefer you can substitute with Fuller’s earth clay. You can also sub the arrowroot powder with Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Flour. (Although Bob’s Red Mill makes a all natural arrowroot starch/flour as well.) For darker hair you can also add 1/8 – 1/4 of a teaspoon of brown iron oxide.
Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flowers in a glass measuring cup. Then, using a different gradulated plastic transfer pipette for each of the essential oils and rosemary extract, measure out and add these to the dry ingredients. Mix with a spoon, then slowly pour into a coffee bean grinder and mix well. This will turn your lavender blossoms into a powder and evenly distribute the essential oils and extract. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. or one 8 oz. jar or container.
To use simply apply to hair – a makeup brush actually works wonderfully for this and cuts down on spillage – and lightly massage into hair with your hands. (If you used brown iron oxide pigment, avoid your scalp area as it can stain your scalp.) Then brush through and go! I found this recipe works really well, smells heavenly, and it even added some nice volume to my fine, straight hair.