So, I’ve discovered something that’s rocked my world. Dry shampoo (natural, homemade, DIY dry shampoo, of course) is awesome!

What’s dry shampoo?

It’s oil-absorbing powdery stuff that you put on your dry hair and it soaks up all the oil in it. Then you just comb it out, and your hair looks bouncy and beautiful like you just got out of the shower.

It’s a super easy way to look gorgeous even if you don’t have time to wash your hair.

Maybe dry shampoo is old news to you, but I had never heard of it before a couple months ago. I have dreadlocks, so I can’t exactly use it on my whole head, but I decided to try it on my bangs and the straight hair around the front of my face and it works AMAZINGLY well.

You see, I do the “no ‘poo” thing, where you cut way back on the amount you wash your hair, and use only natural things instead of commercial shampoos (I use baking soda). The reason is because by washing it every day with harsh chemicals, or even every other day, you are training your head to overproduce oil since you are constantly stripping your scalp of it. That’s WHY you feel like you have to wash it all the time or you turn into a grease ball. 

By shunning commercial shampoo and the every day lather, you un-train your hair from getting greasy right away and you can go a few days, or even a week before starting to look a little limp in the locks. This is where I am at. My head actually never gets really greasy anymore, but 5 or 6 days after I wash it, the straight hair in the front of my head does get a little less bouncy and looks like it could use a pick-me-up.

Also, many people say that once they ditched commercial shampoo, their hair has NEVER looked better. It’s fuller, bouncier, and so much healthier.

Anyway, despite all the benefits, the bad news about “no ‘poo” is that while you are un-training your hair, your scalp is going to keep overcompensating until it figures it out. This means Grease City for a while. Not fun.

Well, dry shampoo may be the answer to help you transition super easily, which may be the answer to some “no ‘pooer’s” prayers. And probably a lot of “‘pooer’s” prayers too. Okay, enough about ‘poo. Let’s get into the tutorial.

How to Use Dry Shampoo

So, as I understand, there are commercial dry shampoos that you can buy at the store. But they are full of nasty ass chemicals and probably cost 10 to 20 smackers per bottle.

Instead you can just use your own homemade dry shampoo that costs a couple of cents and isn’t full of nasty ass chemicals! How great is that?

So all you gotta do is get yer’ hands on some kind of starchy oil absorbing substance like corn starch, or arrowroot powder. I use tapioca starch.

Now, because I am blonde, using these light coloured powders on my hair is okay, and actually brightens up my hair. It still makes my hair look vaguely like an ash blonde wig, but the better I comb it out, the less noticeable this is. And the effect fades quickly.

As I understand, if you have dark hair, you might want to mix some cocoa powder in with it, or you could end up looking a bit like a grey-hair mannequined freak.

Anyway, all you do is take your concoction, spread it over the roots of your hair (you don’t need a lot), and then just comb it out as best you can. It’s easiest to apply with a blush or makeup brush because it’s easy to spread and avoids putting on too much. I just kind of grab a handful and slap it on there quick and dirty though. But I don’t have a lot of beauty standards so, you know.

Also, you want to do this over a sink or bathtub. It can get a little messy.

Anyway. That’s all there is to it. Easy peasy and works like a friggin charm. Watch my video tutorial for a visual instruction:

Have you ever tried dry shampoo? What’s your experience been?