I must confess until today I always felt puzzled whenever I heard this term — “dry shampoo”. I mean how shampoo can be dry and why in the world you would want it to be dry? The whole point of shampoo is to clean and it’s done the most effectively when you use something wet, like soap and water. Cleaning your hair with dry shampoo sounded pretty much like washing your face without water. Some claim you should wash your face without water and yeah, they are selling whatever you should be using to clean your face that way!
This morning I decided to fix my ignorance in this matter. After all, I might be picking on something that is not that bad after all. And then, there is always someone who might want to use dry shampoo and, I figured, it will be an interesting topic to write about.
I made some research into the subject and here is what I found…
How Dry Shampoos work
Dry shampoos work by soaking grease residue on your hair, making your hair look clean or, at the very minimum, cleaner than it was.
As you see, the way dry shampoo attacks the problem (greasy hair that is) is totally different, but the result is pretty much the same. Dry shampoos may be particularly useful when you are in a hurry or when you want to refresh your hair without washing them, which can happen if your hair were previously styled.
There are many ways to make dry shampoo, however it is most commonly done with baking soda or corn starch. Some brands will even add shine to your hair — something to consider when choosing your brand.
How to Apply Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo is applied to the roots and then simply brushed off. Seriously, that’s all there is to it.
Recipes for Homemade Dry Shampoo
I also looked for recipes for homemade dry shampoo. I will admit I didn’t try any of them, but in case you want to try here is what you could do:
– Apply a little cornstarch to the hair roots and then brush it out, or
– mix one cup of baking soda with one cup of ground oatmeal. You can enhance this recipe by adding a mixture of fragrant herbs.
There were also recipes featuring salt and egg whites (!!!) but I just couldn’t bring myself to write about it here. Sorry. I just don’t think that’s good for you. One thing is when we suggested egg whites mask to minimize large pores and lift your skin (where egg mixture is washed off in a matter of minutes), another thing is to have dry egg whites in your hair.
Homemade dry shampoo should be stored in airtight container. Containers similar to those for baby talcum powder work best because they have these little holes in them, which makes it easy to apply the mixture on your hair.
I think I did a terrible job promoting homemade dry shampoos, probably because I personally don’t believe in them. Most certainly you can always give a try to professionally prepared dry shampoos available here. Please read the reviews first and don’t blame me if something went wrong.