Dry Shampoo -7 Ingredients for Amazing Hair

Finally it’s here! My recipe for DIY Dry Shampoo that is an absolute staple in my routine and I simply cannot live without (ok- dramatic!;). If you have read the article detailing the NO Poo technique that gets you away from toxic chemicals and washing your hair everyday with commercial soap/shampoo, then you can understand the need for a Dry Shampoo. Generally, I only cleanse my hair twice a week, so I take seriously the products that I use in the in-between times. This Dry Shampoo is natural, smells good, gives good styling texture and can be modified to fit your specific needs.

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How do I use Dry Shampoo?

That is a great question! Using Dry Shampoo is easy to use and can extend the life of a style or increase the time you need between washes. This particular Dry Shampoo is a powder that you sprinkle in your hand (start with about a dime-sized amount and just like cooking, season to taste! Errrr- adjust for your needs ☺). Spread the powder around in your hand covering your fingertips and then massage into the roots of your hair. I sometimes turn my head upside down over the bathtub to catch any loose powder so clean up is as simple as turning on the shower. Massaging your scalp is great for the health of your skin and your hair. It increases the blood flow to your follicles, uses your body’s natural oils to condition the scalp, and helps to strengthen the roots of you hair. Insider tip- it also feels really good. Once you are done massaging the DIY Dry Shampoo into your roots, voila! That’s it, you’re done! Flip your hair over and you will see added volume, less oil, and a pretty nice texture (although it may take a bit of getting used to the feel) for styling.

How do you make Dry Shampoo?

Ok, enough talk already! Where’s your recipe for this magical Dry Shampoo? Well, it couldn’t be much easier to make.

DIY Dry Shampoo recipe:

What you’ll need:

¼ cup French Green Clay
¼ cup Arrowroot Powder
½ T. Chamomile Powder
½ T. Lavender Flowers (ground)
½ T. Oatstraw Powder
Essential Oils
Iridescent Mica (optional)

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Directions:

Mix all of your powders together. I like to do this in a mason jar. It makes for easy mixing of the Dry Shampoo ingredients and you can use it for storing the excess powder until you need it. After it is fully mixed, add a few drops of your essential oils of choice. I would recommend using no more than two. Some of my favorite oils for this Dry Shampoo are Lavender, Rosemary, Sweet Orange, and Jasmine. The last ingredient on my list is optional but plays an important part in doing something that most other Dry Shampoo recipes fail to do, which is keeping your hair looking shiny. Let’s face it, gaining a few extra days in-between washes is great but not at the expense of looking like you are wearing a powdered wig. I add a small amount of iridescent mica to my Dry Shampoo and this keeps your hair looking dimensional and shiny. There are a lot of different options for iridescent powders but the Bare Minerals Clear Radiance would be a good example of one to add. They’ve recently changed their formulation to make it more health friendly. Feel free to experiment with what mica you use if you want to change the color or the sheen of your Dry Shampoo formula.

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The last tip to mention is one that I love- storage! I have kept my Dry Shampoo in cute little containers on my bathroom shelf and in my cupboards but the last discovery was by far the handiest. Take an old, empty spice container that has the shaker top and fill it with your DIY Dry Shampoo powder. It fits with your other products well and seals nice and tight for travel. It also allows you great control in how much you pour out to apply. Remember, a little goes a long way!

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Let me know if you try the Dry Shampoo recipe for yourself. I’d love to hear what you think and any comments or suggestions you might have.

 

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Top 12 Essential Oils for Healthy Skin

Skincare and Essential Oils

One of the simplest and most natural ways to care for your skin is incorporating essential oils. Here are the top 12 essential oils (in alphabetical order) essential to your skin’s health:

  1. Bergamot
  2. Cedarwood
  3. Chamomile
  4. Frankincense
  5. Geranium
  6. Lavender
  7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)
  8. Myrrh
  9. Neroli
  10. Rose
  11. Rosewood
  12. Sandlewood

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Essential oils are great for skincare and very versatile. Although most are fairly gentle, you should always be cautions when putting anything on your skin. Test first to make sure you don’t have any sensitivities or allergies to the oil, as everyone’s skin reacts different. Additionally, some of these oils should be diluted when used topically so make sure and research each oil before you decide to use one. I keep a pump of carrier oil (I prefer food grade sesame oil) in my bathroom to dilute many of these oils when applying them to my body.

  1. Bergamot-

    Versatile oil used for hormonal support and antibacterial properties. Bergamot works great for skin conditions associated with oily complexions and helps with the distribution of pigments and melanin, evening out skin tones. This oil is used often to eliminate effects of acne and scars and marks that have aged. Bergamot can make skin UV sensitive for up to 36 hours so use with care. Oil should be diluted when used topically.

  2. Cedarwood-

    Regularizes sebum production, which makes it great for acne treatment and eczema therapy. Cedarwood oil also promotes hair growth, is antibacterial and is a lympatic stimulate. This oil is great for treating dandruff, dermatitis and oily skin. Used in high concentrations, Cedarwood Oil may produce irritations on the skin so use in judicious quantities.

  3. Chamomile-

    All hail the calming neutralizer of skin irritants! Chamomile is the all around helper of the essential oils for skincare. It is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypoallergenic oil great for treating sensitive skin for acne, eczema and scar tissue. Chamomile is also a natural skin lightener that promotes a healthy glow as it heals and restores skin’s natural moisture content. It is also great to use with other oils as it increases the penetration and effectiveness of other skincare topicals.

  4. Frankincense-

    With a rich history of use as an essential oil, is an important immune stimulant that has the ability to turn off the DNA of cancer cells and restore skin to a healthy state. Frankincense is cytophylactic, which means when applied topically, it helps to eliminate scars, marks after boils, acne pox, and sun spots. It is also great for treating dry skin and regeneration of healthy cells to generally tone and tighten skin all over the body. This makes it great for treating micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks. Frankincense oil can be used undiluted.

  5. Geranium-

    One of the most versatile skincare essential oils. What can’t Geranium do? It is regenerative and healing with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Geranium improves blood flow and acts as an astringent, which makes the skin, tissues and blood vessels contract. When used alone, it can prevent sagging, loose skin and because of its’ astringent qualities, can help prevent wrinkles from forming. Geranium is good for treating dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, vitiligo, scars and skin spots. It also encourages dead skin cells to be recycled and stimulates the production of new cells resulting in more radiant skin.

  6. Lavender-

    One of the most commonly used essential oils, Lavender oil inhibits the bacteria that causes skin infections and helps to regulate the over-excretion of sebum by hormonal regulation. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that promotes tissue regeneration and stimulates the upper layer of skin rejuvenation. Lavender oil is great for perineal repair, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scaring, stretch marks and burns.

  7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca)-

    The ultimate disinfecting oil. Tea Tree is anti-microbial, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, all properties making it a great treatment for fighting acne. The oil penetrates the blockage between your skin and the glands and is great at disinfecting pores and drying out whiteheads and blackheads. Tea Tree oil is also great for treating dandruff because of its’ different moisturizing properties while soothing itchy scalp. It can be intense on sensitive skin so you should make sure to test it before use. People suffering from eczema should be cautious in using Tea Tree oil.

  8. Myrrh-

    Prevents signs of aging and is great for soothing cracked or chapped skin. Myrrh is also a great essential oil to use on wrinkled skin or to sooth painful stretch marks.

  9. Neroli-

    Increases blood flow and helps keep skin healthy by promoting skin cell regeneration and preserves skin elasticity. Neroli oil is also great for use on scars, stretch marks, thread veins and wrinkles. It can help relieve under eye circles, balance oil production and clean dirt and bacteria from pores. Neroli is labor intensive to produce which makes it a bit pricey and in turn, harder to find in your local stores.

  10. Rose-

    Contains a complex collection of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Rose oil has excellent emollient properties, which makes it an ideal skin moisturizer. This oil is great for refining skin’s texture and controlling psoriasis and dermatitis. Rose oil is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent and is a good option for reducing appearance of scars and wrinkles.

  11. Rosewood-

    Natural anti-aging oil that is great at minimizing fine lines, wrinkles, treating acne and improves skin’s elasticity, keeping skin healthy, tight and firm.

  12. Sandlewood-

    Mostly used for acne, wrinkles and scars. Sandlewood has a toning effect, which helps in tightening pores and improving skin texture. This oil is also said to revitalize skin by inhibiting many types of cancerous cell growth.

 

Again, each person is different so make sure you test oils before you use them on your skin and gauge your sensitivity. Diluting the oils with a carrier oil is a good way to minimize your sensitivity and to make your essential oil supply last a bit longer. There are also tons of fantastic ways to incorporate oils into your beauty products and routines (recipes coming soon!) so you are bound to find a formula and application that works for you.