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DIY Beauty: One Ingredient Dry Shampoo

Updated on January 29, 2015

You know what's the worst? When you wake up with 10 minutes to be out of the door, and then you realize you need to stop for gas, and you haven't had the chance to eat - let alone wash your hair.

Your roots are not looking too cute. Yeah, they're actually pretty noticeable. Alas, there is no time to shower.

But then, out of somewhere deep in your mind, is an image: your sister, dusting her roots with corn starch.

Actually, it's my sister. And I don't know why it took me so long to catch on. It had to be around September - I was deep into the no-poo movement, and my sister was only just beginning. It involves quitting shampoo, which is harmful to your hair (sulfates). The only thing is, quitting means your hair will be super greasy for a few weeks. But, after that, it's magically tame! You only need to wash your hair once a week, seriously. For more details on that, check out my article on how to quit pooing.

So anyway, she was just starting, or just stopping, poo. Which means that her hair was slightly greasy. How did she combat it? Corn starch. I thought it was weird, but then I tried it too. Here's my experience, with photos!

Is It Safe?

Well, it doesn't seem to be hurting anyone. Trust me, I've done the research. The most that seems to be happening is that some people get itchy scalps. But not even everybody! Only some people.

So yes, I'd say it's safe. There are lots of good reviews for this stuff on the interwebs, so if you don't want to take my word for it, FINE.

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The Process

I'm sorry, this article may be a little gross. So there's a picture of my greasy roots, but luckily there's a happy ending on the way.

Like I said, all you use for this is corn starch. That's right, the one ingredient! So dig it out of your kitchen cabinets. You'll also find it handy to use a blush brush. Do those have other names? I don't know. A big makeup brush, that's clean, obviously.

You can also just use your fingers to sprinkle the magic dust on. That's what I did, and it worked just fine. Here's a photo!


Comb it Out!

The next step? Run your fingers through your hair. Grab a comb if you need. Pat yo weave. Eventually, the powder dust will disappear, along with your greasiness.

I have pretty dark hair, and it didn't seem to leave any grayness around. If you find yourself having a problem with that, you can mix the corn starch with cocoa powder for a nice chocolaty scent.

Much better!
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It Works!

I mean, check out that difference. No super-dry hair, no chemicals, but also no greasy nastay.

I definitely recommend trying this - it ended up being kind of a lifesaver. Okay, it didn't save my life, but it was definitely very handy. It lasted for the whole day, and the very next day I think I had the best hair day of my life. Photo below.

Preferable to dry shampoo? I think so. It's definitely cheaper - you can pick up a box of corn starch from WalMart for less than $2.


More Unconventional DIY Beauty

I'm all about trying the weird stuff. The good thing about this blog is that, unlike many others, I provide before and after photos so you guys can truly see the results! Check out some of my other weird beauty DIYs, many of which use at-home products you probably already have!

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      Angel 2 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips! I saw you mention you use EO's to help with the hair smell - do you have a blog on what you use??


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      Alex Rose 2 years ago from Virginia

      It definitely should!!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Very interesting. Do you think it would work for a synthetic wig also?

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      Rota 2 years ago

      nice simple solution to a common problem