To Find Something Natural / January

 

     Good morning! This month's natural product is a necessity. Shampoo can be an iffy subject for people, mostly because they never really do what the bottle says. Typically promising volume, curl enhancement, dandruff relief, etc., a shampoo will usually work once (the first time you use it) and then your texture will go back to what it was before. This is because hair shafts literally get used to the product, much like skincare products and different workouts will stop having an effect once the body adapts and adjusts. It's the shock that you need! That being said, shampoos are also sometimes the most chemical filled, and it's just plain unnecessary.

     Enter: this organic herbal shampoo from Avalon Organics. I typically am after a clarifying shampoo, one that will keep my hair clean and simple. I'm also partial to rosemary, so this volumizing edition is perfect!

     It has somehow thickened my hair quite a bit, especially at the roots. I think people forget that before the invention of modern day chemical filled products, people miraculously used natural things to stay clean (by those days standards, of course). Herbs have always been effective for bodily use, and I see no reason to divert from that. Thanks for reading, and have a great day!

To Make Dry Shampoo

 

        Hi guys! This DIY was super fun for me! I use dry shampoo almost on a daily basis, and I can't think of a more useful product, hair wise. My need for dry shampoo is part laziness, part necessity. In the past ten or fifteen years, research has shown that washing your hair every day is pretty bad for it and your scalp. It mostly just drys out the skin and ends too much. Not to say you shouldn't shower everyday, to keep your body clean, but just skip the shampoo every other day. Your hair produces oils for a reason, and they can really benefit your hair! Oil doesn't look very cute the second or third day in though (that really depends on your hair type), and this is where the dry shampoo is very handy. It doesn't necessarily wash your hair, it just absorbs the oils and makes it look and feel "clean", without drying out your scalp. Dry shampoos vary in formulas and even color. I've personally never had to worry about the shampoo leaving a white residue, since I'm naturally blonde, but they make dry shampoos tinted in every color from brunette to red.

      I've actually found that baby powder works in the same way as any other dry shampoo, and since the white powder isn't an issue for me, I decided to go ahead and use the powder in a homemade dry shampoo! If you have dark hair and want to make this, all you have to do is add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the mix and you are good to go! All I added to the baby powder was some lavender essential oil, to aid in keeping the powder from being too dry. To make this even more fun, I designed a label for my apothecary bottle, and it's probably my favorite part of this whole project. I'm not sure why, but when I think of dry shampoo, I think of the desert. Hence, the cacti I illustrated around the lettering! Lately, I've been looking for an excuse to illustrate cacti on anything. I'm obsessed! Get the how-to for easy dry shampoo below!

Materials:

- 3 tablespoons of baby powder

- essential oils, any kind you want!

- a glass or plastic jar

- a small funnel

- optional: a tablespoon of cocoa powder, if making for dark hair. You can adjust this to how dark your hair is, just add more until you get a matching shade.

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Directions:

Step one - Mix together all ingredients in a small bowl, and funnel into your jar.