Zero waste dry shampoo is so easy to make. It’s also fantastic for giving your hair some much needed life between washes. I don’t wash my hair every day, I do it every other day. I tend to have oily hair, so even the day after washing it, it can start to grease up. Zero waste dry shampoo is my secret weapon for keeping grease at bay. I just sprinkle some dry shampoo onto my roots and spread it into my hair. It does a good job of giving my hair some volume, and getting rid of grease.
Granted, dry shampoo is no replacement for actual shampoo – it’s just designed to get you through the days you go without washing your hair. Washing your hair every day isn’t such a good idea anyway, because it can leave you with a very dry scalp and it strips away beneficial oils your hair needs. You can buy dry shampoo in stores…but the ingredients in those products tend to be less than ideal. Plus, they typically come in wasteful packaging that’s rather hard or impossible to reuse. Making your own will save you a lot of money. You can also just reuse a glass jar you have lying around the house to store the dry shampoo. Here’s how to make your own zero waste dry shampoo – using just three simple ingredients.
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Zero Waste Dry Shampoo
- 1/2 cup of rolled oats (blended), or 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (for brunette hair)
- 4 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- Begin by blending the rolled oats up in a blender. If you have cornstarch, you can omit the blended rolled oats entirely (I didn’t, so I had to use this method). Make sure you blend it really well and really good until it forms a fine powder.
- Add the blended oat powder (or cornstarch) to a bowl. Mix in the baking soda and the colorant of your choice (cocoa powder for brunettes, activated charcoal or more cocoa powder for black hair, cinnamon for red heads – blondes don’t need any color additives so they can skip that part if they so choose.
- Add the essential oil to the bowl, making sure to stir and blend it together with the mixture. Once everything is mixed nicely, transfer into the container of your choice. I chose to put mine into glass jars I had lying around the house. The smaller glass jar is for my parents to use, while the bigger one is for me – though I don’t mind sharing when they run out!
Using zero waste dry shampoo
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