Let’s face it, most of my readers are mom’s and they are probably going to be able to relate to my confession. We don’t get to spend as much time on our hair, makeup, outfits, going to the bathroom, (wait, did I really just say that? I can’t be the only one who can’t seem to find a minute to actually run to the bathroom. Right?).
Whether it’s because of a new baby, sleepless nights from sick children, or crazy schedules that don’t seem to end, it can be a struggle to get a shower in every day or every other day.
And I’m here to tell you right now that it’s ok. I have the solution for you and hopefully it works for you just as scrumptiously as it has for me.
Did you know that if we wash our hair everyday it can actually be bad for it? Constant washing can dry out your hair. Our hair naturally produces something called Sebum, which is a light yellow, oily liquid. Sebum is a natural moisturizer for our hair, however if we wash our hair daily we are not allowing our hair to take advantage of this natural moisturizer.
Some ladies are used to washing their hair daily because of the oil buildup that occurs. Nobody wants to walk around with oil dripping off their hair (an exaggeration but you get my point).
Enter Dry Shampoo.
I recently started reading about dry shampoo and it intrigued me. For those of you who don’t know what it is, dry shampoo is a powdered substance used to clean the hair of the oils. It does this by soaking up the oil and dirt on the scalp, leaving your hair looking dry again.
You can buy dry shampoo, but I found recipes to make some that were extremely fast and cheap. That works for me!
The following recipe is the one I used since I have brown hair. This would work in black hair as well.
Dry Shampoo Recipe for Darker Hair
2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder – I used Ghirardelli Brand since I had it for baking. Talk about luxury on your hair!
2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
5 Drops of Essential Oil (Optional) – I used Lavender but I would love to try orange!
Directions: Mix the cocoa powder and arrowroot or cornstarch and essential oil (if you are using it) together and store in a small container. Apply it to the roots of your hair using your hands or a makeup brush. I tried both and found I preferred my hands over a powder brush. Use this wherever you feel or see oil on your hair. Remember the back half of your hair that you might not spot in the mirror!
Dry Shampoo Recipe for Lighter Hair
1/4 Cup Arrowroot Powder or Cornstarch
5 Drops Essential Oil (Optional)
Directions: Mix the arrowroot or cornstarch and essential oil (if you are using it) together and store in a small container. Apply it to the roots of your hair using your hands or a makeup brush.
And now for the confession part of this post. I went *ducks head so I don’t see the shocked expressions* 5 days last week without washing my hair. Yes, I really did! The house we just moved into still has some repairs being done to it and we only have access to the bathtub, not the shower. It was an excellent time to try this dry shampoo out and I was thrilled how well it worked. It is incredibly easier to style my hair when it has not been washed that morning.
I’m excited to have discovered this! Now when it’s been a day or two since I’ve had a shower, I’ll just put on some dry shampoo, style my hair with a flexi clip and call it good for the day! Oh, I will say that it’s winter time, so when summer rolls around that might change things a bit since I won’t want to go 4+ days feeling sweaty and hot without a shower. 😉
Give it a try and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to hear if it works for you!