I have always said and stressed on one thing – Clean Scalp! But, washing hair everyday is a bad idea, right? Even when using the most eco-friendly and hair-friendly products! May be we should all try out a hand at dry shampoo. These days we have lots of brands coming out with this product range. But, the good part is we can make it at home and at relatively less price and with great results!
So, I have this tip from one of our readers, Nayantara. She has tried her hands at making her own dry shampoo and she has shared her recipe and experience with us!
This is probably gross, but for anyone who is active it is a huge problem, especially with longer hair.
I exercise regularly and running especially makes my scalp extremely sweaty. I do not like to wash 5-6 days a week as my hair is fine and quite fragile and still end up washing my hair 3 times a week as my scalp used to itch constantly. I believe this led to dandruff which caused severe hair-fall. To ensure my scalp stays clean everyday, here is what I do on workout days in between wash days and post-exercise.
I use the blow-dryer on cool setting to dry out my scalp, making partings along the scalp and drying them individually. Then I use my own dry shampoo consisting of cornflour, cocoa powder and cinnamon powder + a drop or 2 of rosemary EO.
The first two ingredients can be mixed in equal proportions (say ¼ cup each) and ½ to 1 tsp cinnamon powder. You can also adjust it as you like. If you have a severe dandruff problem, increase the qty of rosemary EO to about 4-5 drops, but no more, as this helps in fighting scalp infections.
While cornflour on its own works as well, on dark hair the white particles show up more prominently. My mixture blends better with dark hair colour and provides more benefits to the hair as well. It can be kept in any old talc or a similar container.
How to Use? I dust it over the scalp and then scrub it in with my fingertips, leave for a few minutes to soak up excess oil and finally shake out the excess powder and use a wooden comb to get out the rest. I prefer a comb as my hair is curly but those with straight hair may prefer a hair-brush. However, try to use one with natural bristles that don’t damage your hair. And, voila! Clean scalp, smells awesome and is all natural + economical!
This also worked for me to get rid of the dandruff problem over the long term, apart from switching to SLS free shampoos and cone-free conditioners, which can aggravate scalp infections for some people, as it upsets the natural pH balance.
This is so true. I have always cribbed that if you are exposed to more pollution and dust and sweat or even if you workout everyday, washing your hair daily is the only solution. But, now we have another solution. I have never really tried any dry shampoo but have read about it umpteen number of times.
Rice flour and arrowroot powder are two of the most recommended ingredients for dry shampoo as they absorb the oil and cleanse the scalp. Sesame at Vivawoman has also shared her recipe for dry shampoo which uses arrowroot powder, corn starch, baking powder and rice flour!
I am thinking of trying it out as well. What do you say? Are you also willing to try it out?
Earlier Posts from #OneMonthtoHealthyHair event:
#OneMonthtoHealthyHair – Activity 1 – Hot Oil Treatment
#OneMonthtoHealthyHair – Activity of the Week – 1
#OneMonthofHealthyHair – Activity 2 – Get a Hair Cut!
#OneMonthofHealthyHair – Activity 3 – Go for a Hair Wash!
#OneMonthtoHealthyHair – Activity 4 – Essential Oils for Hair Care!
#OneMonthtoHealthyHair – Activity 5 – Weekend Hair Care Routine – I
#OneMonthtoHealthyHair – Activity of the Week – 2
#OneMonthtoHealthyHair – Activity 6 – How to take care of your Scalp?