A girlfriend was showing me this Fekkai Au Naturel Dry Shampoo from Sephora. You can fight greasy hair without washing it, and that means without water! The dry shampoo is free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes, petro-chemicals, and phthalates. It does still have a few unpronounceable ingredients, though. It also costs $23.
Of course, my first instinct was to make my own!
It turns out that this is pretty much a snap, and you can pull it off for way less than the $23 pricetag. There are a few different ways to make a dry shampoo:
- Cornmeal - Yep, just cornmeal! Just massage a couple of tablespoons of cornmeal into your hair, brush it out, and you're ready to head out the door!
- Corn Starch - You use it the same way as the cornmeal. It seems like personal preference as far as which one is better. Cornmeal is easier to brush out because the grains are larger, but corn starch is more absorbent. More on that below.
- Cornmeal + Corn Starch - Some folks like to have the best of both worlds and combine a tablespoon of each. Again, it's really up to your preference.
- Slightly fancy - Mix a few drops of your favorite essential oil with one tablespoon of corn starch, then mix in the cornmeal and go to town to fight grease and give your hair a nice scent at the same time!
- UPDATE: Thanks to commenter leisa for this great dry shampoo tip: "nothing goes past baby powder to keep my hair clean and oil free. In fact, I’m now showering at night and putting the powder in in the morning, and its working better than showering that morning in keeping my hair free from oil."
No matter what method you choose, you'll want to do this over the tub, since it's a little bit of a messy process. You can try some other methods, like flour or sea salt, applied just like corn starch or cornmeal.
Another friend has been using this process for a while and had a couple of additional tips. First, she said that this can leave your hair a little staticky, especially in winter. If you're prone to static, you might want to make yourself a conditioner spray to apply after a dry shampoo. She also says that corn starch can make your roots look lighter, if you have dark hair. I did a little research, and it sounds like cornmeal doesn't have this effect, so you might stick to straight cornmeal if you have darker hair.
[Product Photo via Sephora]