Wintertime is the worst enemy of healthy hair, because of the temperature differences between the outside and the inside. Your hair gets greasy faster, becomes thin and has no texture and is hardly manageable. And face it, you don’t have time to wash it every day, nor should you. Washing your hair every day is not recommended since the oils your hair naturally produces to feed itself get washed off, and if you do not nourish the hair properly, it gets greasier every time you wash it.
The quick and easy solution for this problem is dry shampoo. Now, dry shampoos that can be bought at the store are often pricey and last only for a few times. Plus, they contain alcohol in them, which can dry out your scalp and damage hair if used regularly. That’s why we have prepared for you different recipes to make your own dry shampoo, according to your hair type and hair color.
If your hair is darker, you might want to avoid using ingredients that whiten the hair, because you will look as if your hair is gray. Perfect ingredients for dark hair are cocoa powder, or your good old face powder. To make your own dry shampoo, you will need:
- baking soda
- Cocoa powder or cinnamon – just make sure it’s unsweetened or it will turn your hair into a sticky mess
- a container to store it in
Use a quarter cup of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of baking soda which will cut the grease from your hair, and around 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, which will blend in with your hair color and give it a nice smell, texture and volume. You can always change the quantity of cocoa powder you put in the mixture, depending on how dark or light your hair is, but the basic recipe is only 2 tablespoons. Mix all of the ingredients in the container and you’re ready!
Once you’ve made your dry shampoo, there are many ways you can apply it. You can take the mixture in your palm, rub it in between your hands and then massage it in your hair, focusing on the crown mainly. This method can be messy if you used more cocoa powder, because the heat from your palms can transfer to the cocoa, making it sticky and useless. You can also take a big make-up brush, dip it into the mixture and then dab it in the roots of your hair, using the brush to spread the dry shampoo along the hair. There is a third way too, take an old hair brush, dip the ends into the mixture and then slowly massage your scalp with the hair brush, getting the dry shampoo all the way to the roots.
Another thing you can do to clean your hair without using any kind of shampoo is using your face powder. This works both for dark and light hair colors. Take a make-up brush or any kind of big brush, rub it into the powder and dab the product on the roots of your hair, focusing on the spots that need attention. When you finish dabbing the product in, let it sit in your hair for a while, and then brush off any excess.
By using homemade dry shampoo, you are not only saving time and money, but taking a healthy road to making your hair shiny, clean looking and great smelling.