Friday, April 15, 2011

Organic Dry Shampoo

A few years ago I noticed I was beginning to experience hair loss at a fairly rapid rate. Pretty scary to one who is already noticing several other signs of aging and the vulnerability of self esteem that can accompany this time of life. I began to research hair loss and the effects of aging on hair and scalp.

As you might imagine I have gradually altered my hair care regimen to better suit the needs of my aging hair. Nature's Gift carries a product we call Stimulating Scalp Massage Oil. You can read all about it on our site. Marge suggested I try it, which I did, and can tell you now that my hair loss has diminished. Another thing I've found is that I shouldn't wash my hair everyday. It not only makes my hair look dull, it makes it drier and weakens the hair shaft as well. Not washing daily was a hard one for me as my hair tends to get flat and look oily at the roots if I don't.

I love hats, but they don't look good on me. I love scarves, but I'm not so great at tying them in the exotic styles I see some women wearing. So what am I to do on the 'bad hair days'?

Dry shampoo!

Today I found a wonderful recipe in one of my fave magazines, 'Ready Made", and I'd like to share it here with you. Any of the ingredients can be found on line, or at your local health food store, and of course, you'll find any number of tantalizing aromas to scent it with at


  • 2 Tbl Organic Arrowroot Powder
  • 2 Tbl Kaolin Clay
  • 1 Tsp Organic Horsetail Powder
  • 6 drops Essential Oil of choice (more or less depending on the oil and your preference)


  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 1 Sieve
  • 1 Whisk
  • 2 Spoons, one large + one small
  • 1Tablespoon
  • 1Teaspoon
  • One Empty Spice Jar

In a glass mixing bowl add the arrowroot powder, the kaolin clay and the horsetail powder. Whisk the powders together until they are well blended.

Next, slowly drip 6 drops of essential oil into your powder and whisk again. The oil will not blend into the powder on it's own so don't be discouraged by any lumping.

Gently scoop your powder mixture into a sieve positioned over an empty mixing bowl. Sift the powder into the bowl until only small, dust covered clumps are left.

Take a large spoon and gently press these clumps through the sieve. Scrape to and fro and continue to press to get all of the oils through. Tap the sieve against the palm of your hand to knock any remaining clumps into the bowl.

Whisk the powder again, make sure all of the oil is distributed evenly.

Take a small spoon and gently spoon your powder into an empty spice jar, cap with a shaker top, label and store.


I think this sounds like a wonderful idea. If any of you try it I'd love to hear your feedback, and when I get around to it, you will certainly hear mine. Have fun!


Anonymous said...

How do you use this dry shampoo?

Marge said...

Any dry shampoo I've ever seen has the same instructions.. shake onto the scalp (near the roots of the hair normally need 'freshening' more than the ends.)...let stand for a few minutes, brush out.

Anonymous said...

I've had the best luck with 2 methods (i have black hair & white powder is never sexy looking in it!)

1. shake a small amount onto a large brush (ie. kabuki brush), shake off any extreme excess, & dab dab dab at my hair roots, parting & flipping my hair in small sections to get to all areas of my head

2. shake a small amount into my palm, distribute between both hands, then turn my head upside down and push the powder into my roots (i do this when travelling without my brush).

hope that helps!

Marge said...

Thanks, Danielle...that's terrific help!!!1

Kris said...

Most hair products are laden with harmful chemicals that cause hair loss. I always read the ingredients label now that I know how bad some of the ingredients are. Making your own organic dry shampoo is cheaper and healthier for your hair and scalp.