You’re going to love this herbal dry shampoo recipe! Made with natural botanicals, clay and essential oils, this dry shampoo not only keeps your hair looking great, but it smells amazing!
Homemade Dry Shampoo
A modern day beauty cult favorite, dry shampoo is a must for summer. Not only does it absorb the excess oil that can leave hair looking dirty and greasy, but it’s also great for styling and volumizing fine, limp hair. My favorite way to use dry shampoo is for a boost of volume. However, it is also an absolute must for when I go camping or hit weekend festivals where a shower is probably not an option.
A lot of commercial dry shampoos unfortunately contain talc powder. As talc has recently been linked to cancer, you should look for dry shampoos that use arrowroot or rice powder instead. Or you can simply make your own!
Following you’ll find my favorite herbal dry shampoo recipe. It’s made using only natural ingredients. I first tested out this herbal dry shampoo recipe over a four-day festival. Not only did it keep my hair from looking like a limp, greasy mess it also helped deter insects. Additionally I only got a lot of compliments on the fragrance. So much so that I was “shampooing” the hair of others throughout my stay.
Another big plus? Because this dry shampoo doesn’t come in a can with propellant, there’s no need to worry about the heat possibly causing the can to burst. And it’s a more eco-friendly option than spray cans. Because you can use the same container for every new batch of my herbal dry shampoo recipe you make, there’s less packaging and therefore less waste.
If you’re not quite ready to jump into making our own herbal dry shampoo, then I recommend Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve Dry Shampoo for Dark and Light Hair. Available from Mountain Rose Herbs, this herbal dry shampoo is perfect for all hair types and textures. This dry shampoo powder helps to restore shine and body to your hair between washes and comes packaged in an environmentally friendly cardboard paper tube.
Herbal Dry Shampoo Recipe
You will need the following ingredients to make this homemade dry shampoo:
- 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 flower powder
- 1 ml lavender essential oil
- 1/2 ml patchouli essential oil
- 1/2 ml rosemary extract
Tips for Making Dry Shampoo
Not everyone’s hair is the same color obviously. To account for this, you can easily swap out the red Rhassoul clay called for in my herbal dry shampoo recipe with another type of cosmetic clay that better suits your hair color.
How to Make Dry Shampoo
Here is how to make dry shampoo using natural ingredients, herbs, botanicals and essential oils:
- Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon, measure out the rice flour, baking soda, colloidal oatmeal, arrowroot powder, clay and lavender flower powder. Combine in a glass measuring cup.
- Next, using a different graduated 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. Once mixed, simply pour into two 4 oz. containers of your choice.
How to Use Herbal Dry Shampoo for Hair
To use simply apply to hair and lightly massage into your hair and scalp with your hands. (A makeup brush actually works great for applying your herbal dry shampoo!) Then brush your hair as usual to remove the excess and evenly distribute throughout your hair.
If you like my herbal dry shampoo recipe, then also be sure to check out my natural flea repelling dry dog shampoo recipe! My flea repelling dry dog shampoo recipe is made with natural ingredients that deodorize your dog’s coat while also helping to repel fleas.
Much like my herbal dry shampoo recipe, my dog shampoo contains natural clays and botanicals that gently deodorize dog’s coat while absorbing excess oil and dirt. The addition of neem oil then also helps to repel fleas. You can find my herbal dry shampoo recipe for dogs here.
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