At the Bridgeport Arts Fest last weekend, I had a really great conversation with a shopper about natural haircare, and the pains of having super thick, unruly hair. “I want to wash my hair every other day, because I know that’s healthier for it, but it can get pretty oily on non-washing days.” Ah yes, I used to have this problem too! Then, I started making my own dry shampoo. I shared this recipe with her, and now I’ll share it with you! It’s very easy and I bet you have these ingredients in your kitchen already:
Dry Shampoo Recipe for Dark Hair:
2 tbs cornstarch
2 tbs cocoa powder
½ tbs cinnamon
2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)
Dry Shampoo Recipe for Light Hair:
4 tbs cornstarch
½ tbs cinnamon
2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)
Not sure how exactly to use it? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered there too:
A few weeks ago — after months of testing — I launched the newest addition to the Poor & Pretty Apothecary lineup: Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray. This lightly texturizing spray gives you beachy waves, without the sand! ;)
Dead Sea and Pink Himalayan Salts add body and minerals while Aloe Vera, Coconut Oil, and Rose Water hydrate and smooth. Like everything else in the Poor & Pretty Apothecary, my Rose + Sea Salt Hair Spray is 100% natural and vegan. Get yours here!
I haven’t done in outfit post in over a month, but I’m so happy with how these photos came out! Stan and I were able to capture that elusive “magic hour” yesterday. The sun beaming through the trees makes my new red hair look like it’s on fire. I love it!
I can’t believe I haven’t shown off this sweater before — it’s one of my favorites. It’s cozy and soft and I love the shape. I call it my “Renaissance cardigan” because the way the sleeves fall remind me of that era. Plus, the tag says “Guinevere” (which I think may be an Anthropologie line.) I bought it a few years ago at Teenage Wasteland, a consignment shop in Simsbury, CT.
Oh, and my hair! I think I’ve finally found the color it was always meant to be. Last week, Suzi helped me dye it using Henna Color Lab’s Wine Red Henna Hair Dye. I’ve wanted to try out henna for a few years because there are so many horrific chemicals in regular hair dye and I really love my hair when it’s red. Last year I tried out Manic Panic, which is less chemical-ly, but it faded really quickly. So I took the plunge, did lots of research, and went with Henna Color Lab. I am SO HAPPY! I’ll go into more detail in a few weeks. I want to keep track of how the color holds up.
I’m also glad I get to break these babies out. I bought them at the tail end of boot season earlier this year, so they hardly got any use. They’re very comfortable, and I really like the button detail.
If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you probably saw my “Hulking out” photo (if you missed it; I’ve included it below ;). Really though, I was just wearing this avocado hair and face mask. It’s rich in protein, vitamins (especially A), and antioxidants to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin and hydrate your hair. Plus, apple cider vinegar is great at eliminating build-up and dry skin that leads to dandruff. Okay, okay, I get it. It’s awesome. Now, tell me how to make it!
Super Smooth Avocado Hair & Face Mask. This should make enough for one hair and face application, even if you have the thickest hair in the world (like me). It will not store well, so use it as soon as you make it.
½ an avocado — rich in antioxidants and vitamins to promote hair growth, overall scalp health, hydrates and gently exfoliates skin and helps prevent wrinkles.
1 egg yolk — don’t use the egg white! It’s a royal pain to get out of your hair. Egg yolk is also rich in protein, fat, and lecithin (an antioxidant) and acts as a hair conditioner.
¼ cup organic soy milk —chock full of protein, vitamin E, and antioxidants, soy milk encourages cell turnover for healthy skin. Only use organic soy milk, you don’t want GMOs on your face!
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil — high in fat, oleic acid, and antioxidants to heal skin cells, repair skin damage, and prevent wrinkles.
1 tsp apple cider vinegar — prevents scalp buildup and dandruff.
Step One: Combine everything but the avocado in a small bowl.
Step Two: Whisk the ingredients together and voilà! You have just made runny mayonnaise! Ew. Please don’t eat this.
Step Three: Add the liquid mixture and the avocado into a blender and blend away. Stop two or three times to check for avocado chunks.
Step Four: Apply mask to hair. If you’ve ever used a home hair dye kit, you’ll want to apply this mixture to your hair in the same way. Separate out your hair, then work in the mixture with your hands (and maybe a comb, but I did just fine without one), working from your scalp out to your ends. When you’ve covered your entire head, spend a little extra time working it into your scalp. Pull your hair back with a hair elastic or claw and cover it with a shower cap. You’re going to leave this on for about 45 minutes.
Step Five: Apply mask to face. After you wash your hands and face (use your regular facial cleanser), use the remainder of the mask on your face. Apply in gentle upward strokes, avoiding the eye area. Leave this on for about 5 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water and follow up with your favorite astringent and moisturizer. Check out my winter and summer skincare tips for a few of my favorites.
Step Six: After 45 minutes, hop in the shower and thoroughly rinse the avocado mask out of your hair. Follow up with your normal shampoo and conditioner routine.
Here’s to the end of winter and the end of dry skin & scalp!
Poor & Pretty: Dee, you’ve been wearing your own creations for years. What made you decide to turn it into a business? Dierdre Sowa: Well, you did! I was in a performance of the Vagina Monologues this past February where we were asked to wear only red and black for the shows. I borrowed a black skirt from a friend, pulled a red shirt from my closet, and added some fun tights but it didn’t feel like my personality came through at all. The night before the dress rehearsal, I decided to make a red and black flower for my hair to personalize my outfit a bit. I received so many questions in the next few nights about where I got my headband! You had a table at the vendor fair prior to one of the performances. You asked if I made it, then suggested I sell them on Etsy. So, thanks!! :)