DIY: Dry Shampoo

Problem:
I have tried a zillion dry shampoos (mostly the aerosol kind), but I just cannot seem to find one that works for me.

Solution:
Make my own!

cornstarch and cocoa powder

It is super simple and requires only ONE ingredient, with an optional second. For you light-haired babes out there, you simply need cornstarch. If you have dark hair, like myself, just add some cocoa powder and mix well. It will keep your roots from looking powdery-white.

DIY Dry Shampoo… as simple as cornstarch (and cocoa powder)!

dry shampoo container

I put my diy dry shampoo in an old bareMinerals foundation container, and I use one of my old bareMinerals “flawless face” brushes to apply the mix at my roots. Any air-tight container and brush will do. In the past, I have also just shaken some of the mixture on my scalp straight from the container and used my fingers to “rub” it in.

Happy “more-days-with-great-hair” !!!

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Homemade Body Scrubs

One of my favorite combinations.. coffee grounds, coarse pink salt, and coconut oil.
My favorite combination to make… coffee grounds, coarse pink salt, and coconut oil.

I am a big fan of creating my own beauty products at home, particularly scrubs. By adjusting ingredients you can make a gentle scrub for the hands and face, an invigorating scrub for the body, or a tough scrub for the feet.

To make any type of scrub you need two main ingredients: an exfoliator and a moisturizer. Here are some suggestions…

Exfoliators:
White sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, table salt, sea salt, epsom salt, coffee and oatmeal.
(The more coarsely “ground” the exfoliator is, the more rough it will be on the skin.)

Moisturizers:
Olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil.

While combining an exfoliator and a moisturizer will certainly yield a scrub, it’s nice to add a little something extra. Essential oils are probably the most common, but I don’t ever have any on hand. I tend to use citrus zest, minced herbs, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.

I never measure out any of the ingredients; there’s no need. And even if I shared with you measurements, scrubs are up to personal preference. Less oily, more oily, harsh scrub, gentle scrub; just start with the exfoliator and add enough oil to get the consistency and texture you like. The more you make and use, the more you understand what you like and in which combinations.

If you’re still uncomfortable making up your own body scrubs (you really should try), here are some recipes that I really like:
Rosemary and Orange Salt Scrub
Coffee Grounds Body Scrub
Lavender Sugar Scrub


** Remember to keep your scrubs in an airtight container!! Scrubs generally last one month.

Happy Scrubbing!

 

Hair Care and Baking Soda

Baking soda has seemingly endless uses, particularly in regards to cleaning. Used alone, or combined with other ingredients (such as white vinegar or lemon juice), it is not only versatile, but naturally effective.

baking soda shower
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Aside from a zillion household uses, baking soda works GREAT as a “shampoo.” My roots get incredibly oily. In between traditional shampoo washes, I love to use baking soda. It’s a super simple and super cheap option that really works for me.

Steps:

  • make a paste out of baking soda and water
  • wet hair
  • sing a little tune
  • apply baking soda paste to roots (I definitely avoided the ends as mine need all the moisture they can get; sometimes I’ll condition just the ends at this point, too.)
  • rinse with water (or apple cider vinegar for extra shine!)
  • air dry (I feel like blowdrying would be too harsh.)

In the shower, after rinsing, my hair feels very rough/dry, but after it dries the texture is wonderful. The baking soda seems to dry up the excess oil in my roots and, perhaps my most favorite part, it adds some great volume to my flat, fine hair.

Have you used baking soda to wash your hair?
Did you like the result, or have a bad experience?