diy-hair-care-for-theAs a former hair stylist, I love all things hair. I love playing with hair, coloring hair, cutting hair, and figuring out the best to take care of our mops without it taking too much time or adding in unnecessary exposure to chemicals. Since becoming a more health conscious mama I have started focusing not only on what goes into our bodies, but what my family and I put on our bodies as well.

I used to be the girl that could not go more than a day without washing her hair. It would get oily and greasy and just stick to my head. Now as a hair stylist I would of course pass on the recommendation to my clients that they should avoid washing their hair everyday as it could dry out the scalp. However, I knew that I could not take that advice and I knew that probably *most* of my clients couldn’t either.

Since stepping back from the chair I have started experimenting with DIY solutions for shampoo and conditioner as well as dry shampoo solutions that would help me stretch the wash days–especially since I am an active gal, who gets a decent sweat session in almost daily. Today, I share with you  those three DIY tips as well as my new favorite dry shampoo.

For shampoo I dilute baking soda with water in a 1:1 ratio. I like to add essential oils to make it smell good. My favorite combo has been grapefruit and peppermint.

For the rinse aka conditioner, I dilute apple cider vinegar and water in a 1:1 ratio as well. Again adding my favorite essential oil combo. Now, you might be wondering if your hair will have a gnarly smell from the vinegar, but I can assure you, it won’t!

My DIY dry shampoo simply consists of cornstarch mixed with some cocoa power. You could also go with cinnamon (especially if you have more red/copper tones to your hair).

If you don’t feel that the cornstarch dry shampoo listed above would work for your shade of hair color, you may give this one a try! Being somewhat of a former “product junkie” I have tried various store bought dry shampoos and Batiste by far takes the cake. I picked mine up at a local Ulta store, but you might be able to find it elsewhere. This obviously costs a little more than the DIY version, but this is great if you have super dark hair. It also travels a little better and is in spray form. I’d love to hear how these work for all you other busy ladies as well!