I was inspired to try shaking some raw cacao onto my roots this morning after seeing a post from my sister Nikki. She tried using baby powder like a dry shampoo, but found that it was too white for her dark brown hair so she used cocoa powder instead. I rarely eat cocoa/cacao, so this was a great way for me to use up the powder I had in the cupboard. My hair hasn't been washed in a week and I was just about to use aloe vera gel as a mask when I seen the post so I thought I would try this first!
I took about a teaspoon of cacao and sprinkled it onto of my head, gently shaking it throughout my roots. It worked pretty well but it did build up down the middle in my part and you could see the brown powder. I would maybe sprinkle less on next time. I would also suggest you avoid wearing white or light colors just incase it shakes down and stains! The powder also sprinkled onto my cheekbones so I rubbed it in like a bronzer and it worked pretty good! I am going to try this with carob powder!!
After I was done playing with the cacao, I applied a aloe vera mask using 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel, generously massaging it into my scalp and hair. It was cool and soothing to my scalp, which is still irritated. I let it sit in my hair all morning as I edited photos and had breakfast - 6 bananas blended with cinnamon!
The gel almost evaporated and I wondered if I even needed to rinse it out. But I did and my hair felt really nice. The roots were a little heavy but my scalp was saying THANK YOU! This definitely helped with the irritation.