There are toxic ingredients in almost everything and I know it can be difficult to eliminate them ALL. But that’s why it’s important to eliminate at least some. If we’re using 20+ cosmetic products each day and we can switch half a dozen of them to low-tox, there will be a positive impact over time.
One of the easiest low-tox switches we can make is from conventional dry shampoo to the homemade kind.
A whole swathe of dry shampoos were recalled in the US recently over concerns about elevated levels of benzene, a known carcinogen. Even low exposure to benzene has been associated with greatly increased risk of leukemia. And yes, benzene can be naturally occurring (it’s produced during bush fires, for example), and that’s an exposure we can’t eliminate entirely.
But in our dry shampoo? That’s something we have control over.
So let’s make our own.
A shaker container
Corn starch, rice starch or arrowroot powder (or a combination of all 3)
Optional colour (see below)
Optional essential oils (see below)
Here are the colour options:
Grey hair 👉🏼 add some bentonite clay
Blonde hair 👉🏼 you might not need to add any colouring, but a little cacao powder can soften it
Auburn hair 👉🏼 add some cinnamon powder
Brown hair 👉🏼 add some cacao powder
Black hair 👉🏼 add some activated charcoal powder
How much to add? It’s important to experiment until you get the colour you’re happy with. Start off small and measure the batch as you go so you can replicate a blend you’re happy with.
For some incredible hair health benefits, add 3-5 drops each of rosemary, cedarwood and lavender essential oils.
Shake well and store in a shaker, or if you don’t have a shaker, the powder can be applied lightly and evenly using a large make-up brush.