Ever since one of besties introduced me to dry shampoo, I’ve been hooked.

I’ve tried them all – from the $3 brands up to the $20 brands. I have favorites and unfavorites. I love the major volume/texture it adds and how it absorbs the excess oil in between washes. Since my hair is long (elbow length), washing it everyday is just hot happening! Before you think I’m some dirty hippie girl, I’ll let you know that I do shower everyday because I work out, but I don’t think washing your hair every single day is healthy as it strips the natural oils that keep your hair nourished and shiny. After a few weeks, your scalp will naturally produce less oil with fewer washes which means you can get away with it. During this time and then in between washes, dry shampoo soaks up the excess oil and gives your hair some life again!

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I will admit, the store bought dry shampoos work wonders and smell amazing, but for a few months now, I’ve been in the process of doing a major overhaul of my beauty collection. Same goes for cleaning and household products. Since going vegan, I’ve learned that this lifestyle is not only about food, it forces you to re-evaluate every product you buy! It’s not something we should have to think about, but nowadays it’s especially important.

There are numerous toxic chemicals added to literally every product around these days. From makeup to shampoo to body wash as well as lotions, hair products, cleaning products and everything in between. I learned so much about toxic ingredients from this book: The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You. I notice an increase in certain products containing less toxic chemicals, and more natural ingredients but many of these companies do testing on animals… So the ingredients may not be harmful to our health (although many of them still are), but in order to find out if these ingredients are harmful or not, they do numerous tests on animals…

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So to save you from chemicals and draining your moolah, I’m sharing a DIY dry shampoo and favorite vegan beauty products. The dry shampoo is a powder recipe; infused with lavender essential oil (or your favorite essential oil). It’s SO easy, super affordable and works wonders. I found the shaker bottle at TJ Maxx for $2, but you can also buy it here. The shaker is meant for seasonings (!!) but it’s perfect for homemade dry shampoo. Just sprinkle it on your scalp or wherever you would normally spray dry shampoo (some people spray it on a brush and then brush through hair) rub it in, brush it through and that’s it. Normally I do this over the sink because the powder can go everywhere. You don’t have to add any essential oils, but it makes the dry shampoo smell lovely!

Easy DIY Lavender Dry Shampoo

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DIY Lavender Dry Shampoo

You will need:
one shaker bottle (purchase one here)
1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch or arrowroot powder
15 or more drops of any essential oil (I used lavender)

Mix all ingredients together in a shaker bottle and sprinkle on your hair!

*If you have dark hair, add a couple tablespoons (as needed) of cocoa powder. The dry shampoo will blend right in, without leaving a white sheen.

All image source: Shannon Leparski