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Lavender Oatmeal Dry Shampoo

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Skin & Hair Care | 4 comments

Lavender Oatmeal Dry Shampoo

My friend was having trouble switching to an all natural shampoo because her roots were extremely oily, so I made her dry shampoo. She reported it was working well for her. I tried it over the weekend too, because I woke up with oily roots Sunday morning. The dry shampoo immediately dried my roots and added volume, leaving my hair looking as good as usual, with a nice lavender scent.

Instructions for Using a Dry Shampoo

To use a dry shampoo, divide your hair into sections and sprinkle the dry shampoo onto your scalp. Massage the dry shampoo into your scalp, then brush it out.

I have been avoiding dry shampoo because I was concerned it would be difficult to brush out and leave me shedding oatmeal all day, but it actually came out very easily.  The tricky part is figuring out where you should brush your hair for the easiest clean up. I chose to brush my hair in the bathroom because it would be easy to brush it off the tile floor. You could also brush the shampoo out in the shower or over the sink and wash it away, but I would recommend you only do this if you have a drain strainer to catch any large pieces of oatmeal that may have been left in the mixture. Since oatmeal expands when it’s wet, it has the potential to clog a drain.

Shopping for This Project

I doubt you need to be told where to buy oatmeal, but lavender flowers can be hard to come by. One of the best places to purchase lavender flowers is a specialty tea shop. Lavender flowers sold for ingestion are safe to use in your personal products; be wary of those sold for crafts as they may have been sprayed with something to preserve them. Pittsburghers can go to Prestogeorge in the Strip District and they have a great selection online for anyone else interested in shopping there. You can also purchase lavender flowers on Amazon.

If you don’t have a coffee or spice grinder I recommend the Cuisinart Grind Central Coffee Grinder. It works well, it’s easy to clean and it’s an a great gadget for anyone to have, even someone like me who doesn’t drink coffee.

Lastly, if you are looking for a shaker, be green and try a tag sale, flea market or vintage store to find a unique salt, pepper or sugar shaker.

Lavender Oatmeal Dry Shampoo
Dries oily roots to adds volume.
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  1. 2 teaspoons lavender flowers
  2. 4 teaspoons oatmeal
  3. 2 pinches rice (optional)
  1. Roughly grind the lavender flowers.
  2. Add oatmeal and finely grind the mixture.
  3. Pour mixture into shaker and store in dry place. If you are worried about humidity causing the shampoo to clump, add rice to the shaker to absorb moisture.
  1. Yields 1/4 cup.
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Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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  1. Sara

    Am I missing something? I don’t see a recipe here! 🙁

    • Nicole

      Sorry, our recipe plugin broke so we are working on transferring our recipes to a new plugin. I updated this page, you’ll see the recipe now.

  2. Amber

    Hi Nicole, what is the purpose of the lavender?

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