If you've been following me on Instagram you'll know I've been having a lot of frustration with shampoo bars. They're just not working for my hair, and I was feeling so guilty and ashamed for using shampoo that came in a plastic bottle.
But I've also realized I'm making a lot of progress in other areas of my zero waste beauty routine, so today I want to share what I use to make a DIY, zero waste dry shampoo!
My Dry Shampoo Recipe
I'll admit, it's not much of a recipe, but that's what happens when you love super simple, zero waste solutions!
- 1/4 Cup Arrowroot Starch
- 2 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
The arrowroot starch is available at most bulk stores for an incredibly low price. It's a white powder that is great for absorbing the excess oils in your hair and adding just a slight amount of volume. It's also wonderful for lighter hair colours because the white adds a little bit of brightness to your colour.
If you've got dark hair, you can easily add cocoa powder until you find the right ratio for you. Tamsin from Eco Fluffy Mama breaks it down really well in her DIY Natural Dry Shampoo recipe.
Why Should You Use Essential Oils?
I thought the essential oils would create a paste instead of a powder, but because the arrowroot starch is great at absorbing oils and because we're using just a few drops, you're still going to end up with a powder.
You can choose whatever essential oils you like, but I chose these for a few reasons. I get headaches often and lavender and peppermint are soothing and refreshing scents that help release the tension. They also smell wonderful together and act as a natural hair perfume!
Lavender and peppermint are also both great for hair health. They both improve the health and thickness of your hair, and they increase hair growth! You could also use lemon and ylang ylang for similar benefits.
How Does This Zero Waste Recipe Work?
This is a really affordable, zero waste recipe that takes just a few seconds to put together. You can use any kind of packaging you want. Some people prefer a bottle they can sprinkle, like an old salt shaker, and some prefer to apply with a makeup brush.
I use a small bottle that I can use to dump a little bit of dry shampoo into my hands, rub them together and then work the dry shampoo into my hair. It takes just a few minutes each morning. I like to brush my hair, apply the powder, then lightly comb my hair to help distribute the dry shampoo.
While it may take a second or two for the arrowroot powder to fully absorb the excess oils, this is a really effective recipe. It's the only recipe that's worked for my hair and I don't plan on changing things anytime soon. You'll be left with softer, nourished, and balanced hair that smells nice and has a little bit of volume.
Do you have any favourite zero waste recipes? I'd love to hear them!