Maybe you’re late to work, just walked out of the gym, or had a hectic morning getting the kids to school. However it happened, you don’t have time to wash your hair, but it could definitely use some freshening up. This is the perfect moment to apply a little dry shampoo to degrease your hair in minimal time.
Dry shampoo has long been the ultimate solution to greasy hair and busy mornings. However, store-bought dry shampoos can have undesirable ingredients, strong fragrances, and high price tags (as much as $30!). So if store-bought dry shampoo isn’t working out for you, it’s time to try a DIY.
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How Does Dry Shampoo Work?
Applied to the scalp, dry shampoos use ingredients like starch or alcohol to soak up grease efficiently. Because dry shampoos absorb oils, they shouldn’t be used as a replacement for regular shampoo. Using dry shampoo every day can dry out your hair and strip it of essential nutrients and oils. But on days when washing your hair just isn’t happening, dry shampoo is the perfect stand-in to absorb that extra grease. If you’re worried about dry shampoo drying your hair out, pair it with Nutrafol Core supplements to help your hair grow stronger and healthier from the roots.
The Benefits of Dry Shampoo
Any kind of dry shampoo has the benefit of removing grease and extending the time between hair washes. But what’s so great about making it yourself? Here are some of the main benefits found in homemade dry shampoo:
- Natural ingredients. Store-bought products can include ingredients like butane, isobutane, or even propane. When you make your own natural dry shampoo, you have complete control over the ingredients.
- The smell. Some people avoid dry shampoo because they’re overly perfumed or have a chemical smell. With homemade dry shampoo, you choose the ingredients and control the scent.
- The color. While you can buy dry shampoos for blonde hair or dark hair, you don’t have the option to match your hair exactly. Homemade dry shampoos allow you to change the ratios of ingredients to find a color that matches your hair best.
Dry shampoo is also useful for styling. Dirtier hair holds style better, but you can achieve the same hold without letting your hair get dirty. Instead, rub some dry shampoo in to get your style to stay. Note: don’t do this every day because it can strip your hair of natural oils.
DIY Dry Shampoo Ingredients
You only need three ingredients to make your own dry shampoo: a base and a color. Here’s the basic ingredient list:
- Cornstarch or finely ground oats.
- Cocoa powder (for dark hair). Make sure the cocoa powder is unsweetened.
Here are some additional ingredients you can add for more benefits:
- Rice flour. This ingredient protects against the sun.
- Coffee or Fenugreek. Use coffee for dark hair and fenugreek for light hair. Make sure they are very finely ground into a powder.
- Essential oil(s). Essential oils add moisture and scent to the mix. Mint? Lavender? Minty lavender? The world of scent is at your fingertips here.
In addition to these ingredients, you might want a container to hold your dry shampoo and a makeup brush to apply it.
DIY Dry Shampoo Recipe
Are your ingredients ready? Alright, here’s the recipe:
- Mix equal parts of your base (cornstarch or oatmeal) with the arrowroot.
- For dark hair, use a half-and-half mixture of arrowroot and cocoa powder.
- Adjust for color preferences by adding more arrowroot or cocoa powder.
- For additional ingredients, add in equal parts of rice flour, coffee, or fenugreek.
- If you’re using essential oils, add a couple of drops of oil and mix it in.
If it’s your first time making natural dry shampoo, test your mixture before using it. Apply a tiny bit to your scalp and wait to see if there’s a reaction. If there isn’t, then you’re ready to go.
Applying Dry Shampoo
To get the most out of your dry shampoo, follow these instructions:
- Sprinkle about ¼ teaspoon onto the palm of your hand.
- Rub your hands together and spread the dry shampoo.
- Dab the dry shampoo onto the greasiest parts of your hair.
- Brush the powder through your hair until it’s blended in.
If you don’t want to use your hands, you can use a makeup brush to apply the dry shampoo to your hair.
And there you have it! Now go brag to all your friends that you made a natural alternative to store-bought dry shampoo, all by yourself (we’ll be gracious and give you all the credit). t