Wednesday, 29 January 2014

DIY: Cocoa Hair Powder

Hair Powder is a beauty-staple of mine, and this green beauty option is a super-simple DIY I make myself. It works just as well as any brand I've tried, and the addition of cocoa keeps my hair from looking like Marie Antoinette, but in her essence, it does make my hair smell like cake.

I want clean-looking hair, but don't always have the time to let it air dry or the patience to blow-dry it. Turns out I can have my cake and eat it too! I use this dry shampoo all the time between washings. The cocoa is used as colour and should be adjusted to your own hair colour (the darker your hair, the more cocoa powder you add), and the vanilla is more for scent, but feel free to leave it out.

Arrowroot powder or Tapioca starch (I used both)
Organic cocoa powder
Demi-tasse spoonful of pure vanilla extract (Optional)

Small bowl or cup for mixing (I used a little saucer)
Small spoon
Salt or pepper shaker


4-5 minutes

1/ Start by adding an equal amount of cocoa powder to arrowroot powder (or tapioca starch if using).
2/ If your hair is brown or darker, you'll want to add more cocoa powder until you feel it is dark enough to blend into roots. I test on the back of my hand as I'm mixing.
3/ Mix vanilla into powder until it disappears (optional).
4/ Put powder into salt shaker.
5/ Store any extra powder in airtight jar for future use.

To Use: 

Part hair in small sections and sprinkle close to roots. Using a fluffy brush or fingertips, blend powder in so it can't be seen on the scalp. Style hair as usual and go.

I find using this hair powder gives me more volume and I can wake up, brush and head out the door with a few sprinkles. Sometimes I'll even use it on clean hair for the lift it gives my locks!

Read more Shop Pretty DIYs here.

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