by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Canadians love to go camping in the summertime, (although some of us would prefer “glamping” but that’s a post for another time. 🙂 )
To kick off the camping season, I thought I’d share a dry shampoo recipe that you can take with you on your camping trips anywhere across this beautiful country of ours.
Dry shampoos are good to use in the great outdoors because:
- the powder is lightweight and easy to pack;
- the natural ingredients will not harm the environment;
- homemade dry shampoo recipes don’t contain industrial chemicals like commercially-made shampoos;
- homemade dry shampoo recipes aren’t over-packaged;
- the powder does not generate extra garbage;
- the recipes work for men, women and kids;
- will cleanse greasy or oily hair without stripping the hair;
- there’s no water required.
Dry shampoos are not just good for camping and of course, you can always use your dry shampoo at home anytime of year. I keep some on hand in case I need to go out and look presentable but don’t have time to take a shower and wash and dry my hair. And sometimes, if I’m planning to workout later in the day and don’t want to take two showers in a day, I’ll apply some dry shampoo in the morning to refresh my hair. Dry shampoo is a great alternative to wearing hats or pony tails.
Dry Shampoo Recipe by Maria Koropecky
- 1 TB Bentonite Clay — a natural clay that absorbs oils and is good for skin and hair.
- 1 tsp cornstarch — this absorbant powder lends a silky feel to home spa recipes.
- 1 tsp baking soda — soothes itchy skin and clears blemishes.
- 1 tsp orrisroot powder — has a slight violet aroma and is used to fix other scents in the recipe.
- 1/4 tsp myrrh gum powder — is good for dry skin and the exotic aroma warms the senses.
- You can substitute myrrh essential oil for the myrrh gum powder or not use either.
- If you have dark hair, you can add 1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder.
- If you have auburn hair, you can add 1 tsp of cinnamon.
- If you have grey or white hair, you can use white China clay instead of Bentonite clay.
Measure and combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well and store in a sterilized jar like a salt shaker. You can also put the recipe in a plastic, ziplock, baggy while camping. The shelf life is indefinite as most, if not all of these ingredients, contain some natural preservative properties.
This can get a little messy so it’s best to do this outside. I don’t recommend applying this clay powder over a sink because eventually it will clog your drains.
If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in a salt shaker, bend at the waist and simply shake some powder on your head near the roots. Let it sit for a minute and then brush it out.
If you’re keeping your dry shampoo in another container, scoop some out with a spoon, bend at the waist, sprinkle over your head, wait a minute or two, and then brush everything out.
Apply more dry shampoo as needed and brush your hair thoroughly. Once you notice a difference and feel your hair is clean, remove any excess powder that may have landed on your neck and shoulders during application.
Voila! Your hair is clean and you’re good to go. I hope you enjoy the myrrh and orrisroot fragrance.
Let me know what you think of this dry shampoo recipe and I’d love to hear about your camping trip, too!