When I published my DIY dry shampoo recipe a while ago, a few people asked “but what about those of us with red hair?”. For some bizarre reason, I only thought about blonde and brunette folks. Whoops! So, for my beautiful red headed readers, here’s a DIY dry shampoo recipe for you.
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe For Red Hair
Below are three ratios for red hair using arrowroot powder and clay. You can use bicarbonate soda instead of the arrowroot powder if you want to. Just use what’s readily available to you.
Ingredients For DIY Dry Shampoo:
- Arrowroot powder
- Red clay
- Jar/container to keep the mixture in
- Couple of drops of your favourite essential oil (optional)
Simply mix your arrowroot powder and red clay together. If you want to add an essential oil, you can do so. Only add a few drops for a light scent and mix well. I find it’s easier to mix your dry shampoo in the container that you’ll use for storage.
For Light Red Hair –
2:1 ratio of arrowroot powder and red clay
For Medium Red Hair –
1:1 ratio of arrowroot and red clay
For Dark Red Hair –
1:3 ratio of arrowroot and red clay. Or, just use plain red clay
The mixes above will give threeshades of red; dark, medium and light. You can easily mix a colour to match your hair by adding more/using less arrowroot powder to the red clay. For a mahogany colour, try adding some cocoa powder to the mix. And for hair that’s dyed and has quite a bright orange tone to it, experiment with tumeric powder. There’s no right or wrong way to mix up a matching shade!
I used French Red Clay in this recipe, but if you’re looking for a more vibrant, deeper red, try Red Montmorillonite Clay.
Using The DIY Dry Shampoo
Apply directly to the roots using an old makeup brush. Face powder, blush and kabuki brushes work really well. You could even use an old pepper pot to sprinkle on the roots and work in with hands. The clay and arrowroot powder will absorb the excess oil. After you’ve applied, just massage your scalp and then brush your hair. Ta-da!
To make a dry shampoo for blonde or brunette hair, check out my DIY Dry Shampoo post!
Have you made your own dry shampoo before?