Let’s face it: All of us face those days when we simply don’t have time to wash our hair and get it dried in time to head out the door. A shower is one thing, but long, thick hair? That takes a bit longer. Or maybe your hair just needs a bit of a freshener-upper; washing the hair too often strips it of its natural oils, and can lead to dry, dull hair. The water where we live is fairly mineral-rich; my skin and hair are both much drier since moving here, so I try to wash my hair as infrequently as possible. On more than one occasion, I’ve been glad for the help of a dry shampoo. It removes excess oils from the hair while avoiding the harsh stripping that hot, soapy water can cause. Instead of buying an expensive aerosol product that damages the environment in more ways than one, make a dry shampoo yourself with two simple ingredients!
empty baby powder or spice container, or simply a glass jar
1 C. ground oatmeal flour (you can use cornstarch, or cocoa powder for dark hair, etc.) *
1 C. baking soda
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl thoroughly and then transfer to a clean, empty container.
When you need to skip a wash, just sprinkle the dry shampoo at your roots (either through the spice container’s lid, or apply with a large makeup brush if you have it in an open-top container); rub it out, as if you would rub your scalp to get beach sand out of your hair. Brush your hair to get the remaining “dust” out, and then style your hair as you normally would.
You can mix any amount together, even parts, to suit your needs. You could also add a dash of cinnamon or a drop of essential oil for a pleasant aroma, but neither are necessary.
*I would NOT recommend wheat flour as a substitute, as it tends to cake; you’d probably have a lot of hassle getting it all out!