When was the last time you washed your hair? It has been three weeks since I last washed my hair, but don't worry, I still showered. Probably more like 4 weeks between shampoos. And no, I don't smell. I actually smell like Rosemary and Cedarwood because I reached for my DIY dry shampoo powder, and it is incredible.
I make my own because it is safer, less expensive, better, less wasteful and pretty easy to make. Many dry shampoos have questionable ingredients, so there is that, and one of the controversial ingredients is #talc. Talc is inherently a powered silicate, basically ground-up rock. Silicate can also be a kind of salt. It is mined straight out of the earth, but can also be produced in factories. It is a carcinogenic and toxic ingredient.
Talc has been known to be linked to ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer. A woman in the USA was awarded 55M in damages because she used J&J baby powder for 35 years before being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
In 2006, the Canadian government classified talc as a “D2A, “very toxic,” and “cancer-causing substance under its workplace hazardous material information system. Asbestos also falls under this classification.
When I was looking for a dry shampoo, I wanted organic, corn starch-free, baking soda-free (baking soda isn't good for your hair) and talc-free. Of course, I found a few brands, but when I started paying attention to the ingredients, I noticed I could probably make my own. And that is exactly what I did. This is how and why my dry shampoo recipe was created.
DIY Dry Shampoo Powder
Dry Shampoo Powder for Light and Dark Hair
- mason jar (with non-metal top)
- make-up brush
Light Hair Base Mixture
- 1 recipe light hair base mixture
- 1 tsp (add more or less) organic raw cacao powder
- Add the tapioca flour, kaolin clay and essential oils to a mason jar and mix with a wooden spoon. Don't use metal since you are adding clay to the dry shampoo.
- Take the light dry shampoo base (recipe) and add the raw cacao until the desired tint.