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Here's how to make your own dry shampoo the next time you're in a greasy hair crisis

Homemade hair hacks.

31 Aug 2018

If you're bored of your regular shampoo and fancy getting creative, or unexpectedly run out of dry shampoo and find yourself in a panic, there are a plethora of natural hair recipes hiding in your pantry at home.

The experts at Neal's Yard Remedies have shared a selection of the most popular natural hair recipes (including two DIY dry shampoos, yes, really!), with GLAMOUR.

Time to put your chef apron on...

Banana Hair Mask

Use overripe bananas to make a deeply moisturising hair mask (or banana bread), which can do wonders for your scalp and hair. Bananas are a rich source of potassium and vitamins A, C, and E, which are known to help
hair to become strong and healthy. This quick and easy recipe makes hair feel soft and conditioned - and who doesn't want that?

Ingredients
1 medium-sized ripe banana
1 ripe avocado
3 tbsp coconut milk

Method
1. Using a fork, mash the soft banana and avocado in a bowl.
2. Add the coconut milk and mix well to make a paste. If you have
very dry or damaged hair, you could leave out the avocado and replace
the coconut milk with 1 tablespoon almond, coconut, or olive oil.
3. Use immediately as the mask contains fresh ingredients.

Cedarwood hair treatment for oily hair

The regenerative, antiseptic, and astringent properties of cedarwood oil can help in the treatment of oily hair, dandruff, and scalp irritation. The coconut oil in this DIY hair mask recipe nourishes the hair and adds body, lustre, and shine. An excellent antiseptic, lavender soothes as well as heals, and has the ability to promote the formation of scar tissue. Who knew?

Ingredients
2 tbsp solid coconut oil
3 tsp neem oil
5 drops cedarwood essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
Cedarwood Hair Treatment

Method
1. Heat the oils together in a bain-marie, until they have
melted. Remove from the heat. Add the essential oils and mix well.
2. Pour into a sterilized jar and leave to cool before placing the lid on.
Store in a cool, dark, and dry place. Keeps for up to 3 months.

Dry Shampoo for fair hair

Dry shampoo can help avoid oily roots, give your hair extra volume, and work as a good styling aid, separating curls and adding a subtle hold. The arrowroot and cornflour in this recipe absorb the excess oil. Plus, the powders used here are light in colour, so can help to lighten the roots if your hair is dyed. For bonus points, add essential oils to make your hair smell heavenly.

Ingredients
1 tbsp cornflour
1 tbsp arrowroot
10 drops of either grapefruit, peppermint, or eucalyptus globulus essential oil (optional)

Method
1. Mix the cornflour and arrowroot together in a bowl.
2. Add 10 drops of any of the essential oils, if desired, and mix well.
3. Place in a sterilized airtight container and shake well before use. Store in a cool dry place. Keeps for up to 3 months.

Dry shampoo for dark hair

This recipe is a variation of the dry shampoo recipe shown above. The combination of oil-absorbing cocoa powder (to match the darker hair tones), starchy arrowroot, and cornflour, will revive your hair.

Ingredients
4 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp arrowroot
10 drops essential oil of your choice
(see suggestions above)

Method
1. Mix the cocoa powder, cornflour, and arrowroot together in a bowl.
2. Add the essential oil, if desired, and mix well.
3. Place in a sterilized airtight container and shake well before use. Store in a cool, dry place. Keeps for up to 3 months.

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