By now you’ve probably heard that we shouldn’t wash our hair every day. Why? Because not only can the blow-dryer and styling cause serious damage, but so can the ingredients in your shampoo. Ingredients like sulfates can seriously dry out your hair, which then forces us to use more silicone-based products to smooth our hair out again. Problem is those silicone hair products end up making our hair greasier because it attracts dirt – forcing us to wash our hair more often. Notice a pattern? That’s where dry shampoos come to the rescue.
So there are some good dry shampoo products out there but they can be expensive. Some of my favorite products cost $15 per one oz bottle. That’s pricey! And I feel like the inexpensive ones aren’t worth the money because they make my hair feel dirtier.
So I decided to make my own. What? Like, it’s hard? Actually, it’s pretty simple. While I used to wash my hair every day, I now wash it 2-3 times a week. (And I don’t want to hear that’s gross. Not showering is gross. Not washing your hair is smart!) I will note though that your hair goes through an adjustment period so maybe don’t start this the same week you have a major interview.
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As for the dry shampoo itself, I came up with a pretty simple and yet effective four-ingredient dry shampoo meant for all hair types. I will also note that using dry shampoo comes with a learning curve. Most people give up because they don’t know how to properly use it. But I’ll get to that later in the post.
And now without further delay, I present to you…
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Baking soda
- Corn Starch
- Cinnamon for light hair
- Unsweetened cocoa powder for dark hair
- Essential oil
Side note: You don’t need the cocoa powder or cinnamon for this to work. It is just if you want/need the powder to blend into your hair color better.
I consider my hair a light brown so I used a little of the cinnamon and coco powder. I also used both lavender and peppermint oil to scent it. (Just a drop or two of each!)
HOW TO PROPERLY USE DRY SHAMPOO
While many people I know spray it on in the morning and brush through, I prefer to put it in at night so the oil is absorbed while I sleep and my hair is fresh as the daisies ’bout time I wake up.
As for how to put it in, I’ve used cleaned out spiced bottles before. Then you can just sprinkle the dry shampoo into your roots and brush through. In the picture above though I used an open container and kabuki brush to literally tap the powder into my hair. Both ways work just as well.
Remember, the less you wash your hair the less greasy it will get! It’s like magic.
Have you used any store bought dry shampoos and had a good result? Have you ever tried a DIY dry shampoo?