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What Is Dry Shampoo

Updated on March 22, 2012

Dry Shampoo

Simply put dry shampoo is a powdery substance applied to your hair to absorb oils and odors. Originally introduced in the 70s dry shampoo has grown by leaps and bounds from a messy, residue-leaving last resort, to a light aerosol spray that leaves your hair revitalized between washes. Although not meant to be a replacement for regular water washing, dry shampoo is perfect for active busy lifestyles when a regular wash may be needed but there isn't the time or facilities.

You may wonder why you would ever need a dry shampoo. Many households will keep dry shampoo on hand for hygienic reasons when an emergency may make water not be available and traditional washing is impossible. It is also perfect for a mid afternoon or after work refresher when you may not be headed home right away. Did you visit a sea food restaurant before going out to the show? Dry shampoo will help get rid of those nasty restaurant odors that we can usually smell for hours after. Dry shampoo has literally hundreds of uses and is only limited by your needs and imagination.

Dry shampoo can be difficult to find in your local drugstore. If you are lucky enough to live by a Sephora you can walk on in and take your pick. However I have found the internet to have a greater selection and lower prices than I've found in local stores. A can of dry shampoo will run between $10 and $20 dollars and there are almost as many choices as a traditional shampoo.

Dry Shampoo Recipes

Maybe you'd like to try dry shampoo but don't want to spend the $20. Maybe you're more into natural and organic hair care. Whatever the reason here are a few recipes for making your own dry shampoo.

  • Cornstarch - This is one of the oldest dry shampoo recipes. Simply apply cornstarch at the roots, massage into scalp, work through hair and brush out.
  • Oatmeal and Baking Soda - Mix one cup of ground oatmeal and one cup baking soda. There seems to be less of a complaint of residue being left behind using oatmeal rather than cornstarch.
  • Baby or Talcum Powder - This is probably the best known method of dry shampoo. Rub directly into the roots and scalp and brush out. You can also mix baking soda with the powder

If you'd like your homemade dry shampoo to be scented, simply mix up a batch and add some dried flower petals such as rose, lavender, lily, orchid, or whatever your favorite may be. Put in an air tight jar and store for 2-4 weeks in a cool dry place and your mix will now leave your hair with a light floral scent after use.


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