Did you know you can wash your hair without water? Yes, it is possible to shampoo your hair without getting it wet when you use dry shampoo. Dry shampoos are great for those days when you are running late and don’t have time to wash and style your hair. They also help keep hair looking fresh during the dry winter months, when you may want to avoid daily shampoos and styling. Campers and travelers will love dry shampoo – try it on your next trip!
A dry shampoo is a powdered shampoo that goes on the hair to absorb excess oils before being brushed out. Most dry shampoos include a powder like starch, talc or silica.
Where to Find Dry Shampoo: You can purchase dry shampoo at just about any retail box stores, drugstores, salons or easily find it online at websites like Sephora and Folica. Prices start at $2 and go up from there, depending on the brand you choose. A few top rated dry shampoos include Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo (this one is under $3!), Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo, and Alterna Bamboo Style Alterna Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo.
How To Apply Dry Shampoo: Most of the dry shampoos you can purchase are made to be sprayed on your hair and brushed through to absorb oils. Be sure to read the bottle’s directions before you apply it to your hair. Dry shampoo can take a bit of practice to get it right.
Dark-Haired Beauties Take Note: If you have dark hair, finding a dry shampoo that does not leave a white, powdery residue can be tricky. You may want to try a dry shampoo made for brunettes like Batiste Dry Shampoo, Dark and Deep Brown.
Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipes
You probably already have what you need to make dry shampoo at home. All it takes is simple pantry ingredients. It is definitely more cost-effective to make your own dry shampoo than buying it at the store, although you may have to experiment a bit to find what works best for your hair. Enjoy the Dry Shampoo Recipes listed below, and be sure to let me know what you think!
Dry Shampoo Recipe: Cornstarch
Cornstarch is probably one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to homemade dry shampoo. Anytime you use powder, it’s a good idea to remember this: A little powder goes a long way.
Here’s how to do it:
Use your fingertips to dab or sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch at the roots of your hair and blend throughout hair, allowing it to absorb excess oils. Then, brush hair to remove the cornstarch.
Dry Shampoo Recipe: Oatmeal and Baking Soda
Grind one cup of oatmeal with one cup of baking soda in a food processor. Store in an airtight container.
Directions: Work a small amount of mixture through your hair, starting at the roots. Brush hair to remove excess.
Dry Shampoo Recipe: Baby Powder (*optional add in: Baking Soda)
Sprinkle a small amount of baby powder onto hair at the roots and comb through. You can also mix equal amounts of baby powder and baking soda and apply to hair. The baby powder absorbs excess oils, and the baking soda helps clean off dirt and build-up.
Dry Shampoo Recipe For Dark Hair:
Apply a small amount of cocoa powder to hair, starting at the roots, and work through. Brush hair to remove excess.
Looking for more tips and tricks to keep your hair healthy and beautiful? Check out my blog post how to care for winter hair.