We all know how life changing dry shampoo can be, especially for those busy days when you don’t have time to wash your hair. Although drugstore dry shampoo does solve your hair problems, the aerosol is not the healthiest solution and it leaves an unpleasant chemical smell. What’s the solution you might ask? DIY Dry Shampoo!
Why Should You Use Dry Shampoo?
Everybody wants their hair to look fresh and smell wonderful all the time. But washing it every day can strip the natural and essential oils it needs to stay healthy. So instead of jumping in the shower every day and using shampoo, you can use a DIY dry shampoo solution to remove dirt, grease, and build up without leaving your hair dry or weak.
How Does It Work?
All dry shampoos, whether bought in a store or homemade, serve the same purpose. The ingredients within them are designed to soak up oil quickly and effectively. In homemade solutions, the starch absorbs grease and any excess oils. Within store bought solutions, alcohol is used to soak up the excess oil. They also contain drying agents to cancel out the chemicals being sprayed into your hair.
Why Go With A Natural Solution?
While it’s easier to just go out and purchase over the counter products, you have to understand that they come with a long list of harmful ingredients. Some include butane, isobutane, propane, or other gases that some panels and studies have deemed safe. These are not ingredients you really want to be freely applying to your hair or scalp.
Pretty much all oil-absorbing products have “fragrance”, which in reality is a blanket term for hundreds of different ingredients. This can cause a problem because without knowing what is included, you are leaving yourself exposed to possible side effects while using these products. Going natural is the safest and best solution because you’ll know exactly what’s going on your body and you can control the ratios.
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How to Apply
Once you have created your homemade dry hair cleanser (be sure to try our two-ingredient recipe), applying the hair powder is easy. Here’s how:
- Make sure you mix your dry hair powder thoroughly.
- Either use a clean makeup brush or your fingertips to apply. Try to focus on getting the mixture on the roots and areas of your hair where grease tends to accumulate.
- Using your fingertips or makeup brush, gently spread the powder throughout your hair. Massage your roots to ensure full absorption.
- Gently use a brush to get the excess powder out if necessary.
- Style to the desired look.
This can be repeated on daily bases. If your hair is excessively greasy, you can even keep your DIY dry hair cleanser in an easy-to-carry container for quick touch-ups while on the go.
How Often Should I Use Homemade Dry Shampoo?
You only need to use the homemade dry shampoo when you feel like your hair is getting a little greasy. For example, if it takes 3 or 4 days after the last wash before your hair starts to look greasy then that’s when you start applying it.
It is important to remember that the dry shampoo powder will absorb oil, so if your hair isn’t oily, you could be removing the natural oil that your hair needs to remain moisturized and healthy.
When applying your DIY dry shampoo, remember that a little bit goes a long way. Whether you use your dry shampoo daily, several times a day, or once a week, please do not overdo the application. Keep a careful eye on the situation to make sure you are not at risk of over usage.
If you do find that your hair is starting to dry out or look unhealthy, think about using other treatments like coconut oil to bring your hair back to a healthier state.
Can Using DIY Dry Shampoo Be Bad for Your Hair?
If you use it to replace shampooing altogether or use it way too much, then yes, DIY dry shampoo can cause damage to your hair. Even though it absorbs excess grease, it can remove too much of the good and healthy oil your hair needs too.
Also if used excessively, you are in danger of clogging hair follicles because it sits right on your scalp. It’s been well documented that clogged hair follicles can lead to thinner hair and an overall reduction in shine, volume, and health.