The solution for those occasions when you can’t wash, or simply don’t want to wash!
Homemade DIY dry shampoo is a quick, easy cleanser that is eco friendly and saves money. Powdered shampoos are designed to work without water. They are typically based on powders such as starch, silca or talc, and are intended to physically absorb excess sebum from the hair before being brushed out.
Dry shampoo is one of my beauty staples because there are days when I do not have the time to wash and style my somewhat unruly hair (or I don’t want to). I came across dry shampoo around 4 years ago when believe it or not, I was watching the home shopping network. I saw this dry shampoo and had to have it, it was the perfect solution for me since I have very fine hair which after washing becomes oily the very next day. I still love this particular dry shampoo that I discovered but I found a common trait that it shared with the other dry shampoos that are now seen all over the market; they all contained basically the same ingredients that we all have in our kitchen, but the cost A LOT more.
Here are some of my favorite dry shampoo recipes you can try yourself:
#1 Cornstarch Dry Shampoo Recipe
Add just a little bit of cornstarch to your roots, then blend it through your hair. Finally, brush through your hair to get rid of the excess cornstarch. The cornstarch will soaks up the oil and dirt which will be removed when you brush the cornstarch out of your hair.
#2 Salt + Cornmeal Dry Shampoo Recipe
Mix one tablespoon of salt, and then 1/2 cup of cornmeal and put the mixture in a shaker. You could use a salt or pepper shaker, or you can also re-use a Parmesan cheese shaker. You shake the mixture on your hair and then brush it out, as you brush your hair oil and dirt will be removed.
#3 Oatmeal + Baking Soda Dry Shampoo Recipe
Mix one cup of ground oatmeal with one cup of baking soda and keep in a container in your bathroom. On those days when you don’t have time to wash your hair, or you simply don’t feel like it, you can work some of the mixture into your roots and then brush it out.
-Those with dark hair may prefer to use brown powders such as cocoa or carob powder.
-Those of you who have tried dry shampoo know that it can be a bit messy. Make sure you are standing on a towel or leaning over a sink when applying. I usually make sure to apply the shampoo while still wearing my pajama shirt because I usually have to change my shirt after applying.
– For a light scent you can place your favorite dried flowers,herbs, or essential oils on top of the mix.
A little history on shampoo….
The word shampoo in English is derived from Hindi chāmpo and dates to 1762. The Hindi word referred to head massage, usually with some form of hair oil. Similar words also occur in other North Indian languages. The word and the service of head massage were introduced to Britain by a Bengali entrepreneur named Sake Dean Mahomed. Dean Mahomed introduced the practice to Basil Cochrane’s vapour baths while working there in London in the early 19th century, and later, together with his Irish wife, opened “Mahomed’s Steam and Vapour Sea Water Medicated Baths” in Brighton, England. His baths were like Turkish baths where clients received an Indian treatment of champi (shampooing), meaning therapeutic massage. He was appointed ‘Shampooing Surgeon’ to both George IV and William IV.
In the 1860s, the meaning of the word shifted from the sense of massage to that of applying soap to the hair. Earlier, ordinary soap had been used for washing hair. However, the dull film soap left on the hair made it uncomfortable, irritating, and unhealthy looking.
During the early stages of shampoo, English hair stylists boiled shaved soap in water and added herbs to give the hair shine and fragrance. Kasey Hebert was the first known maker of shampoo, and the origin is currently attributed to him. Commercially made shampoo was available from the turn of the 20th century. A 1914 ad for Canthrox Shampoo in American Magazine showed young women at camp washing their hair with Canthrox in a lake; magazine ads in 1914 by Rexall featured Harmony Hair Beautifier and Shampoo.
Originally, soap and shampoo were very similar products; both containing the same naturally derived surfactants, a type of detergent. Modern shampoo as it is known today was first introduced in the 1930s with Drene, the first shampoo with synthetic surfactants.
Shampoo has only been used with fervor since the 1970s. Before then, either regular soap was used a few times a month or, just after the early 20th century, shampoo was used only a few times a year. It was in the 1970s that shampoo use became prevalent. Ads featuring Farrah Fawcett and Christie Brinkley asserted that it was unhealthy not to shampoo several times a week. This mindset is reinforced by the greasy feeling of the scalp after a day or two of not shampooing. Using shampoo every day removes sebum, the oil produced by the scalp. This causes the sebaceous glands to produce oil at a higher rate, to compensate for what is lost during shampooing. According to some dermatologists, a gradual reduction in shampoo use will cause the sebum glands to produce at a slower rate, resulting in less grease in the scalp.
The No Poo Movement
Closely associated with environmentalism, the ‘No poo’ movement consists of people rejecting the societal norm of daily or almost daily shampoo use. Some adherents of the no-poo movement use baking soda or vinegar to wash their hair. Other people use nothing, rinsing their hair only with warm water
References: Wikipedia – shampoo