The 21st Century Herbalist

Dry Shampoo: Yea? Or Nay?

Did you know that you probably shouldn’t be shampooing your hair everyday?  It’s true.  Just like you shouldn’t wash your skin too often, you shouldn’t wash your hair too often because it can damage it.  This is especially true for those with thick or curly hair.  The oils that naturally moisturize your hair take longer to travel to the ends of curly hair, so you can end up with dry ends and oily roots.  What’s a gal to do?  This is where dry shampoo comes in.

Keep in mind that if you have a dry scalp and can go 2-3 days without your hair getting greasy, then you’re lucky enough not to need this stuff!  Lucky, lucky!  For the rest of us, we need to use dry shampoo.  For those of you who don’t what dry shampoo is, it is a fine powder sold loose or in a spray (usually mixed with alcohol).  It comes in scented and unscented varieties.  On days when you want to skip the shampooing, you just apply the dry shampoo to your roots and it will take away the shine from the excess oil so you don’t look, or feel, like a grease ball all day.  This allows the oil to stay on the hair and do its job.

Dry shampoo is also great for maintaining your hairstyle for more than one day.  If you’ve gone to all the trouble to blowout and flat iron your hair, then you’re going to want it to last for more than one day…that’s a lot of damage!

You can buy dry shampoo at most stores or you can use the quick and easy version below.  There are varieties of dry shampoo that are specially colored for darker or lighter hair.  I’ve often found that with my dark hair, I can use any dry shampoo and even though it clashes with my hair color when first applied, once I brush and style my hair, it blends right in.

To use dry shampoo, apply it directly to the your roots and pat it in a bit.  You can wait until you start to see shiny roots, or you can apply it before you start to see the sheen.  Right after you blowout and straighten your hair, apply the dry shampoo.  As the oil starts to emerge from your scalp, the powder will absorb it before you ever notice that greasy feel!

Cheap and Easy Dry Shampoo RecipeMix as much, or as little, as you’d like!

  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 part cornstarch
  • 1 part corn meal

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl and then put it into a large saltshaker, the kind that you find in restaurants.  Store any extra in a mason jar or other airtight container.

Have you used dry shampoo before?  What do you think, is it a yea or a nay?  Be sure to check back next week for more from DIY Hair Care Month!

image via: kalliemarie

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