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Oh, dry shampoo! One of my best friends. We all have those mornings and evenings when you just don't have time to wash your hair or you just don't have the energy to do it. I have really thick hair, so this can be a regular occurrence for me! Dry shampoo to the rescue!

In this blog post you will find the following information:

  1. The downside to aerosol dry shampoo

  2. DIY ingredient benefits

  3. DIY Recipe

  4. Video Tutorial

Say goodbye to chemicals on the scalp, and hello to delicious smelling, oil-free, healthy hair and scalp.



Store-bought aerosol dry shampoos, whilst convenient and helpful, are not the healthiest for our hair and scalp. They contain a bunch of hidden toxic ingredients which can cause future scalp issues including drying the skin, creating dandruff and blocking pores.

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They contain things such as:

• butane

• propane

• isobutane

These ingredients are what force the product out of the can and onto your scalp. They are harmful to our environment and our lungs.

Other potentially harmful ingredients include:

• Aluminium starch

It is well known that aluminium can play a part in causing cancer. It provides no benefits to the human body and is used as an anti-caking agent in products. It has been linked to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, auto-immune diseases, ADHD, skin conditions, asthma, and more.

• Butylphenyl Methylpropional

This is a synthetic fragrance that can cause dermal sensitisation, and skin rashes, and can affect the central nervous system causing issues with breathing and drowsiness. The Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database, states that this additive is on the list of banned/restricted fragrances in the European Union.

• Isopropyl Myristate

This product is a synthetic oil that is used as a emollient, thickening agent and lubricant in beauty products, It can clog pores, cause acne inflammation, nasal and lung irritation and skin sensitisation.

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These ingredients have been found in brands such as Dove, V05 Pump me up, Toni & Guy, OGX, Cedel, A'Kin, and Klorane to name just a few.

They can also be pricey. Making it yourself is a super cheap and much healthier alternative.



This homemade recipe is fast to make, smells amazing, and is actually pretty good for your hair and scalp. The Cornstarch and baking soda soak up excessive oil. Adding cocoa powder customises the colour to suit your hair so you don't end up looking 25 years older than you actually are, and the combination with peppermint essential oil makes this smell like mint chocolate. Hello! Peppermint essential oil also gets rid of the dirty scalp itch.

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Ingredients ¾ cup Cornflour ½ tbsp Baking Soda Cocoa powder to suit your hair colour (I use about 1/4 cup) 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Mix dry ingredients well, use a whisk or coffee grinder to ensure there are no lumps, and then add the essential oil. Store in a glass jar and apply to roots using a large make-up brush. Alternatively, use a herb/spice jar for easy use when travelling.

To use, part the hair and either shake some onto the hair from a spice jar or use a large makeup brush to dust onto the roots and massage in. Work your way around the scalp, parting the hair and applying the powder, ensuring you massage it well to distribute it evenly and make sure it gets into the roots.



NB: I made this video many years ago, but still use the same recipe!


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Hi, I'm Mandi. A former primary teacher, Lifestyle Medicine graduate and current Diploma in Natural Skincare student with a passion for natural living.

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