Lazy is good. It’s great actually. When it comes to shampooing hair, there is nothing more healthy for your scalp and hair than skipping as many days as you can between shampoos. The reason is simple. Shampoos are harsh. They strip away natural oils, you use a lot of friction to make them lather, and your hair (unlike a pair of distressed jeans), do not look better when they are put through the washer and dryer. On the other hand, oily strands of hair do not look polished or pretty either. A solution? Dry shampoo. When I use dry shampoo, I can go a up to a week between washing with a regular shampoo. This is great in two ways: It is healthier for your hair, and also it saves you plenty of time in the morning because you don’t have to shampoo and condition in the shower, and you don’t have to restyle/shape your hair again. I dust dry shampoo in my hair roots, and it looks as if I had showered and re-curled my hair! A handy and healthy short cut to clean hair.
The best part is it really isn’t cheating. Your hair is actually getting cleaner with the use of a dry shampoo. The reason is is that oily hair is a magnet for dust and dirt. When your hair is oily, particles of dirt stick to it, making your hair more “dirty” as each day without a wash passes. Dry shampoo works by soaking up the oil, along with any unwanted dirt, then falling out of your hair. So technically, a dry shampoo really does “shampoo” your hair and clean it. It is not a cosmetic effect, it cleans by absorbing grease and oil and it is not as “gross” as some people may think.
How I use my own homemade dry shampoo is simple. On day 3 or 4 I dust in a thin amount of dry powder into the roots to mid shafts of my hair all over. I actually use a blush brush and dip it into the bowl of dry shampoo and then brush it all over. I like using a blush brush because there is more control, but you can also use a shaker type container to shake it in. Then once applied shake and massage your head and hair so it can do it’s magic. Then simply comb gently. Thou’st ready to go out now!
Simple recipe for home made dry shampoo:
1 part cornstarch (absorbs oil like crazy)
1 part arrowroot flour (absorbs oil, but is softer in the hair)
1/3 part cocoa powder ( this ingredient is optional for those with darker hair)
Mix and blend all three powders until consistency is smooth and uniform. I like to add jasmine and rose oil drops to make the shampoo smell amazing!