Chemical free Dry Shampoo and other ways to reduce shampoo waste

dry shampoo

L’Oreal India has introduced the Ultra Blends range of Shampoos in India (the erstwhile Ultra Doux) as a herbal range. The company, along with other FMCG majors is betting big on the resurgence of Herbal and Organic hair care products category – which is good news – because it confirms that consumers are becoming more discerning about their choices.  If you’re going to buy one of these natural hair care products, we suggest you first read our articles – Read the Label, and Natural, Herbal, Organic, what’s the difference?! That way you can be sure that you are getting the right deal.

Besides being chemically loaded, our dependence on Shampoos and conditioners adds to another environmental challenge – which is the the accumulation of solid, plastic waste that’s clogging our landfills, and killing our oceans. If urban consumers (and there are multi millions of us), consume even one bottle or sachet of shampoo per month, that’s millions of pieces of plastic being added to the existing pile.


So what’s the answer? In several other markets it includes patronising brands and stores that provide you refills (you take your own bottle). In India, that concept is yet to start, so there are two things you can do,  reduce your purchase of store made options and use home made products from time to time, and choose shampoos that come in eco-friendly packaging such as reusable glass bottles or as soap-bars.  

Here are some recipes for you to create your own wet (in a bottle), and dry shampoos! You’ll find tons of other recipes online once you start searching.

Dry Shampoo: As the name suggests this one involves water-free cleaning. Dry shampoos are especially good for bad hair days, when you don’t have time for a full head wash. The dry shampoo absorbs the grease from your hair and leaves your locks looking cleaner and fresher. It’s perfect for use between wet washes as it extends the time to your next shampoo by a couple of days. Using a dry shampoo could also help keep the blow dried or styled hair look going longer.  It’s similar to the talcum powder hack if you know it, but is chemical free, and eco-friendly.

Make your own chemical-free, natural dry shampoo:

What you need:

  • 2 Tablespoon Arrowroot powder or Cornstarch – these are great for grease absorption. Arrowroot more than cornstarch.
  • 1 Tablespoon organic unsweetened cocoa powder – the unsweetened cocoa is an essential ingredient for dark hair; it keeps the white powder from showing on the scalp. Be careful not to use sweetened cocoa, as this will further make your hair greasy and messy.
  • A few drops of your favourite essential oil – you could skip this step too.
  • An empty recycled glass container with a lid, or an old salt shaker that you can recycle.
  • Makeup brush for smearing the dry shampoo on your scalp.

How to use your dry shampoo: Just mix all these ingredients together, and you’re ready to go. You can apply this dry shampoo using a big makeup brush, OR, store it in a salt shaker and just shake some onto your roots when needed.  

Alternately, you could also use a spray version of the dry shampoo. Here’s how you could fix that up.

As for regular wet shampoo and conditioner, there are tons of recipes out there, which you can try based on the texture of your hair. Many of the ingredients you’ll find within your home, and other natural ingredients like Arrowroot Powder are easy to procure via sites like Amazon!

Have some fun, while you do your bit for protecting the planet!


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