Health And Hygiene: How To Make A Dry Shampoo

If your hair is oily or needs refreshing in the middle of the day or you just don't have time for a shower, try this great recipe for homemade dry shampoo.

Although the modern world is more aware of the importance of good hygiene than ever, there still arise occasions when we just cannot take a shower. It might be that your pipes froze overnight and left your shower unusable, or maybe you are on a camping trip and do not have access to a bathroom. No matter what the reason is, sometimes everyone finds that his or her hair needs a pick-me-up. For those who work in dusty environments or who have extremely oily hair, just one washing a day might not even be enough to keep their tresses looking their best. Luckily, a wonderful creation called dry shampoo exists to help people in any of these predicaments. By using it, you can clean your hair any time even if you are nowhere near water.

What Dry Shampoo Does

Dry shampoos work by absorbing the excess dirt and oil that can leave hair looking dull or dirty. While you would not want to replace liquid shampoo with the dry version altogether, it is a great alternative in emergencies. Of course, this product does not totally get rid of build-up, especially that cause by styling products, but there are times when everyone would agree that something is far better than nothing. A dry shampoo is not just one but rather a variety of natural substances that, when applied to the hair in powder form and brushed out, provide gentle cleansing and sometimes extra sheen or fragrance. They are must-have items for anyone who flies frequently, camps, or for any other reason wants to freshen up their locks but cannot bathe.

Ingredients

As I said earlier, there are several ingredients you can use to make a dry shampoo. While they all work well, some are better than others. For instance, orrisroot powder, a popular fragrance preservative, is effective but has such a fine consistency that many people have trouble removing it from the hair completely. Another example is large grain salt. Again, it will do an adequate job but tends to cling to very oily hair. Instead of these, I would suggest trying ground grains. Considered the ultimate dry shampoo, corn meal does is superior at grabbing dirt. Its consistency makes it fairly simple to brush out of the hair, and many of its users say it makes the hair glossier. Other ingredients you can experiment with include ground oatmeal, semolina flour, talcum powder and cornstarch.



Recipe and Alterations

The basic recipe for dry shampoo simply calls for two tablespoons of your chosen ingredient. If you have long hair, you may need up to double this quantity to get the best results, whereas people with very short hair may only need half a serving. Some people enjoy combining two types of ingredients to make their shampoo, one being a larger grain and the other being a fine powder. In this way, they maximize the mixture's abilities to absorb oil and grab dirt. One example of this would be to use one tablespoon of corn meal and one tablespoon of cornstarch. You might also like to add hair-nourishing additives to the basic dry shampoo recipe. For this purpose, the best choices are essential oils. Some of these concentrated herbal extracts are believed to strengthen, add shine, and enhance hair growth. To incorporate them into your recipe, start with the basic two-ingredient formula. Put the finer ingredient in a dish, add three to four drops of your chosen oil, and blend the mixture until the oil is evenly distributed. Next, stir in the coarser ingredient and store the blend in an airtight jar.

How to Use It

Once you have made your dry shampoo, you can get to the fun of using it. Let me first caution you that these powdery cleansers can get messy, so either apply it over the sink or be prepared to sweep up afterwards. Begin by pouring one serving of shampoo to the top of your head. Rub it into your scalp for a few seconds. Then, use a brush to move it through the length of your hair. If you like, you can put a piece of cotton or gauze on your brush to catch more of the powder. Once your hair is completely powdered, let the shampoo sit for five to ten minutes. Flip your head over the sink and brush from roots to tips until all of the powder is removed. Your hair will look clean and healthy instantly.

Even if you do not fit the usual criteria for a dry shampoo user, you can still have fun with this recipe. It is great for those lazy Saturdays when you just don't feel like taking a shower. It is also good for people with dry hair since it decreases how often you are exposed to drying water. The only unpleasant side effects of dry shampooing are the mess and the potential for frizzy hair. If you have this problem, you can tame it by spraying your hair with water or running a wet comb through it after cleansing. Make some to take on the road or keep a jar of it in your purse. After all, you never know when you might need dry shampoo to save you from a bad hair day.

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