So a few weeks ago I published a post about 5 all natural dry shampoos that I love and recommend. I had spent hours researching and months testing products determined to find a dry shampoo that wouldn’t slowly kill me (just kidding……..kinda). And not only did I find one, I found five. You can read all about them here.
But as I was putting together that post I noticed how simple the ingredient lists were on these dry shampoos. And suddenly it dawned on me, why don’t I make my own diy dry shampoo?
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But what’s so bad about dry shampoo?
If you haven’t read this post yet, I highly recommend you do so. I really go into detail about the dangers of dry shampoo. But to put it simply most dry shampoos are filled with highly toxic chemicals that can really harm your health. You can download the Think Dirty app and scan your favorite dry shampoo to find out what toxins might be lurking inside.
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After I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease earlier this year I realized I needed to be my own health advocate. My doctor recommended that I go on medication. But after learning that the medication would only decrease my symptoms and wouldn’t actually cure me or stop my immune system from attacking itself, I decided I needed to do my own research to determine what was best for my health.
One of the things I discovered was how harmful many of the products I use everyday were to my health. And ever since then I’ve been on a mission to eliminate them one by one.
Unfortunately, many natural products can be kind of pricey. And all though I still recommend and stand behind the dry shampoos I mentioned in this post I wanted to create a cheaper version (price breakdown below) and to be honest, I thought it would be kind of fun to make my own.
DIY Dry Shampoo INGREDIENT Breakdown
This diy dry shampoo recipe only contains 5 ingredients (6 for dark hair. More info about that below). I chose the ingredients based on 3 things, price, effectiveness and of course safeness. I wanted to create a dry shampoo that contained affordable, toxic free ingredients and I wanted the diy dry shampoo to work just as good, if not better than the products you find at your local drugstore. You can read all about the ingredients below.
Arrowroot Powder | This is the main ingredient. Arrowroot powder is a starchy substance that’s extracted from the root of a tropical plant known as Maranta arundinacea. It is very light and soft. Its main purpose is to absorb the oil from you hair and scalp without being overly drying. Not only is it toxin-free but its also naturally gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and paleo-friendly.
Rosemary Essential Oil | Smells sooo good! Helps to give the hair volume, prevents excess oiliness on the scalp and reduces inflammation in hair follicles.
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe
1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder
1/2 Tablespoon Baking Soda
3 Drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
3 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
3 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
DIY Dry Shampoo Directions
Step 1 | Add 1/4 cup of arrowroot powder to a glass bowl
Step 2 | Add 1/2 a tablespoon of baking soda to the glass bowl
Step 4 | Mix together
Step 5 | Add 3 drops of each essential oil
Step 6 | Mix again
How to apply diy dry shampoo
I always apply dry shampoo before bed. That way it has time to fully absorb and no powdery residue can be seen. I sprinkle the dry shampoo on the sections of my hair that need it the most then I use a makeup brush like this one to blend it in. Easy peasy!
diy dry shampoo Price Breakdown
Young Living Rosemary Essential oil is $16.00. Each 15ml bottle contains approximately 250 drops which breaks down to around $.06 per drop. And were only using 3 drops. So total cost $.19.
Young Living Lavender Essential oil is $24.25. Each 15ml bottle contains approximately 250 drops which breaks down to around $.09 per drop. And were only using 3 drops. So total cost $.29.
Young Living Cedarwood Essential oil is $16.00. Each 15ml bottle contains approximately 250 drops which breaks down to around $.04 per drop. And were only using 3 drops. So total cost $.14.
So the total cost to make this diy dry shampoo is less than $1.25. I personally like to double the recipe so I don’t have to make it as often. But even if you double the recipe it still costs way less than any all natural dry shampoo you would find at the store or on Etsy. And it lasts forever.
Update: Since writing this post I’ve started using more affordable essential oils such as Eden’s Garden, Plant Therapy and Florihana. I still use and love my Young Living oils but if you’re looking for something a little more wallet friendly I highly recommend either of the three essential oil companies I just mentioned!
I purchase the Arrowroot powder and baking soda at Thrive Market. I love Thrive Market. They do have a membership fee similar to Costco but in my opinion it is 100% worth it! To be honest the only reason I signed up with Thrive Market was because they were offering a free trial membership plus 25% off my first purchase. I had every intention of cancelling my account after that initial purchase but once I saw how great their prices were I decided it was completely worth the membership fee and I’ve been a member ever since.
They sell many healthy, toxic free foods and products at a discounted price. The membership fee is $59.95 a year which is less than $5 a month. If you are interested in trying out Thrive Market you can click this link to get a free 30 day membership trial and 25% off your first purchase. If you don’t love Thrive Market you can cancel before the 30 days to avoid the membership fee.
The essential oils in this diy dry shampoo recipe are not 100% necessary. If you decide to leave out the essential oils, the dry shampoo will not have the additional benefits the essential oils provide and it will not smell good but it will still work. If you do not already have essential oils I know the initial investment can seem like a lot. And that is exactly what it is…..an investment. When you purchase essential oils you are investing into you health and overall well being.
You can learn what essential oils are and exactly how they work here. If you are trying to live a more natural, toxic free life you need essential oils. You can use them for so many different things. Some essential oil companies I recommend are Eden’s Garden, Plant Therapy, Young Living and Florihana.
I really hope that this diy dry shampoo works well for you. Let me know how you like it!
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