Anyway- there are LOTS of recipes online for super easy dry shampoo that only involve one or two ingredients, but mine is specifically tailored to Oscar Blandi's version which I have used for years and enjoyed. My big problem with his is that it's full of some dangerous chemicals and ingredients. However, the ingredient list can be simplified down to just the necessities and be just as effective- and much more affordable!
1/2 c. rice starch
1/2 tbs. baking soda
1/2 - 1 tsp. kaolin clay powder (depending on how dry your hair is)
3 drops lemon oil
3 drops tea tree oil
Combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well mixed. The starch + kaolin absorb oil, the soda absorbs odor. The tea tree oil is for bacteria + dandruff and the lemon oil is for scent/cleanliness. Normally I recommend people don't put citrus oils anywhere near their hair since they're so drying. But the point of this IS to dry, and also such a small amount won't be too drying on your hair. If you have a natural perfume you like, you can opt to spray the mixture with a few spritzes of that instead.
*you can upgrade any of these ingredients to organic to make your dry shampoo organic instead of natural.
$2.29 from Sally's that has never had any chemicals or dye in it!
Always shake the bottle before applying (remember to put your finger over the tip!) Here it is applied to my roots. I have pretty dark roots since I never have my highlights applied there. As long as you take care to rub the powder in (and in some cases, brush it out with a bristle brush), there's nothing to worry about as far as color. Even though I'm sure it's fine- there's a mental block that doesn't allow me to add cocoa powder to dry shampoo as a means of darkening it up. It just seems gross for some reason, even though I'm sure it isn't!
And here I am enjoying a fantastic cup of coffee from my sweet husband immediately afterwards! It's an instagram (aunak) so the quality is horrible- sorry! I didn't think to take a picture of my hair aside from the roots and I washed it later that night. You can see though that it doesn't look greasy and has some nice volume at the roots. My hair is very, very thin so dry shampoo has been a huge help in adding body and volume. I never have to buy anything to make this, since these sorts of ingredients are staples in homemade products and are kept on hand, but if you haven't got some of these ingredients, they're all worth the investment.
I hope you had a fantastic weekend! We celebrated birthdays in our family (mine and my brother's), visited the zoo with my nieces and ate more food than any human should. My husband did a really sweet birthday week surprise for me that perhaps I'll share as an idea for others to use as well. We'll see :) All the best and as always, thanks for reading!