Dry shampoos are great for when we’re in a rush and can’t spare the few extra minutes in the shower to shampoo and condition our hair. A dry shampoo to help keep our hair looking fresh and clean and save us time. While dry shampoos are super handy, they can be a bit pricey. If you’re looking for beauty on a budget, then look no further than your own pantry or medicine cabinet for some handy hair solutions for the budget-minded.
Dry shampoos help to absorb excess oil on our scalps. Dirty hair is often easier to style but isn’t always a good “look” – so a dry shampoo can help disguise hair that is due for a wash. Many of us are familiar with using baby powder as a dry shampoo option. This is great, and you can use it directly or mix it with baking soda for the same effect. If you don’t have baby powder on hand, then turn your attention to the pantry for a solution.
Arrowroot or cornstarch are also options for creating your own dry shampoo, baking soda too, and maybe a dab or two of an essential oil, like lavender or lemon, and you will instantly have a great DIY alternative to a comparable product from the drug store. Use baking soda with a degree of caution, as too much of it may irritate the skin on the scalp.
Because these powders are white in color, those with darker hair run the chance of looking gray or ashen. In that case, you can substitute the white powders with cocoa powder or cinnamon powder instead. Or blend cocoa or cinnamon with white powders for color modifications.
- Blend arrowroot or cornstarch with essential oil (if using). For color modification: use half the amount of arrowroot or cornstarch if adding cocoa powder or cinnamon powder (1 part cornstarch or arrowroot to 1 part cinnamon or cocoa powder, for example)
- Divide hair into sections. Apply powder to scalp with a clean makeup brush.
- Run a brush, comb, or your fingers through hair to remove excess powder. Apply more to any missed spots.
- Let powder settle (2-10 minutes) before styling, as usual.
- Store any extra powder in an airtight container and keep in a cool, dry place.
With so many of us looking for chemical-free alternatives to our typical over the counter beauty products, it’s nice to know that there are at-home solutions to our beauty regimen. You can make a small batch to use today, or a bigger batch that you’d store in an airtight container for long-term use.
A dry shampoo is great to have in your gym bag or in your bathroom vanity, for those days when you just don’t have the time to wash your hair.