How to get rid of greasy hair without using a regular shampoo?
No time to wash your hair and wondering how to get rid of oily hair?
What is dry shampoo and how can it help you?
Today let me introduce you to the wonder product that is the answer to all the questions mentioned above –
How do you get rid of greasy hair, if you are a mom, with little to no time for a proper shower?
You see, I used to take long showers, where I had a debate with myself, turned into a singer (who can cause permanent damage to ear drums of anyone who listens), and danced (while trying not to slip and fall).
Then I became a mom and gone are the days of long luxurious showers.
Now I wait for my maid to come so I can take a quick shower in the assurance that my little one won’t cause any trouble. These quick showers also mean that at times the hair washes are postponed quite more than often, leaving me with the question – “How to get rid of greasy hair?”
I know for a fact that there are many moms out there with the same story.
Unwashed hair (read day 2 or 3…) doesn’t look pretty.
Now, if you have a bad hair day, you usually turn to the universal solution – tie it in a messy bun! But seriously, a messy bun looks good on celebs. When I try it, I end up looking more like a homeless person.
That is how I decided to try the dry shampoo.
What is a dry shampoo?
They say you shouldn’t wash your hair daily, as it can strip the hair of its natural oils. But what about our parents and grandparents who did it daily?
In olden days, they washed their hair regularly but they also oiled their hair daily. Plus shampoo was a luxury and wasn’t used daily. Instead they used a lot of herbal ingredients that helped keep their scalp and hair clean without drying out the natural oils.
While we blame the lack of time or the lack of availability of authentic herbal ingredients to prepare these herbal hair washes, the best is to not wash the hair every day. But what if you have an extremely oily scalp or are out of time?
Then you can use a dry shampoo.
The shampoo that we use requires water so that you can lather it up and remove the oil and dirt.
A dry shampoo is exactly what its name implies – a shampoo that can be used without water. It is available commercially in powder and spray type. Be it powder or spray, the underlying principle is the same.
Both the types work by absorbing excess oil produced by the scalp. It helps to make hair less greasy and makes it smell fresh.
Why make a homemade dry shampoo?
As I mentioned before, the best and healthy option for us is to use the chemical free hair washes. But if you say that you don’t have time for it, then you can use a dry shampoo. But then a homemade dry shampoo has some benefits that you can’t ignore.
Let us take a look at what those benefits are
- No chemicals – Commercial dry shampoos contain chemicals. They make you wonder if you should use these on your head. The best way out is to make a dry shampoo at home with ingredients that you can trust.
- Cheaper – As with most of the homemade counterparts, a homemade dry shampoo is cheaper than commercially available ones.
- Can be prepared in small quantities – At times, we buy certain beauty products, only to realize that it doesn’t suit your skin or hair type and texture. Then that lies unused in a corner of our wardrobe.
But here, you can prepare a batch to see if it suits your hair, if it does, then you can prepare more!
- Environment friendly – The spray kind of dry shampoo has aerosol, so if you are all about going green then a homemade shampoo is for you.
How to get rid of greasy hair with these homemade dry shampoo recipes?
Most of the homemade dry shampoo recipes that I saw had one problem. They were all light! That meant that it didn’t suit dark hair. So unless you don’t want to look like you have aged overnight, you need to alter it a bit.
There are two recipes given below, so that you can choose the one that suits your hair.
#1. Multani mitti dry shampoo:
- Multani mitti – 2 tablespoons
- Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon
- Old makeup brush
- Section your hair.
- Using the brush dust a little multani mitti on the roots.
- Wait for 10 minutes for the clay to absorb the oil.
- Comb/brush your hair to get rid of the excess clay.
Note: This dry shampoo is suitable if your scalp is oily. If you have dry scalp and hair then the clay will dry your hair out further, making it frizzy.
#2. Cocoa and arrowroot dry shampoo
- Arrowroot powder – 1 tablespoon
- Cocoa powder – 1.5 tablespoons
- Old makeup brush
- Mix the arrowroot powder and cocoa powder (you can adjust the amount according to the colour of your hair)
- Divide your hair into sections.
- Use the makeup brush to dust the powder on the roots.
- Wait for 10 minutes for the powder to absorb the oil.
- Comb your hair till you get rid of the excess powder.
Common first timer mistakes to be avoided while using dry shampoo:
Homemade or commercial, a dry shampoo should be used properly so that you receive the benefits.
If you don’t follow the instructions, then you may end up blaming the product for not delivering what it promised! So here are some common mistakes that you can avoid while using dry shampoo, so you are left with lovely tresses and no mishaps.
- Waiting till your hair is extremely oily
If you wait till your hair is so oily till it reaches a point where you feel that you can squeeze it out, then not even dry shampoo can help. Your only option now is to wash your hair well with normal shampoo.
At this stage if you use dry shampoo, you may have to use more product than what is required.
Plus you would feel the need to reapply it every now and then.
- Using spray on dry shampoo to close to the scalp
You know, certain deodorants that leave a white powdery deposit when you spray it too close? Spraying it too close to the scalp can leave you with dry shampoo deposits that are tough to get rid off.
- Using excess product
If you use a lot of shampoo in the hope that it will help make your hair look fabulous, you are wrong! It will only leave you hair looking light and dull.
Use a little dry shampoo and brush it out. If you feel that your hair is still greasy, then apply a bit more and repeat the steps all over again.
- Applying powder dry shampoo directly on the scalp
If you ditch the brush and spritz some on your hair directly, then you will end up with the same results mentioned above.
Also, when you apply it directly, you have no control over how much you are applying If you dust it with a makeup brush then you end up using lesser product and will get great results too!
- Not letting it sit
If you do not let the dry shampoo sit for a while, then it won’t absorb the oil buildup. This means that you don’t gain much by applying the dry shampoo. So despite the rush, do not brush it off right after applying.
- Not brushing it out
If you don’t brush the excess shampoo out, it will leave your hair looking like you just got out of a sandstorm! Brushing it thoroughly will help in spreading the product evenly and get rid of the oil build up.
- Using it all over your hair
Your hair doesn’t secrete oil, the scalp does. So you here you need to tackle the root cause of the problem. So use the dry shampoo on the roots and not the entire length of the hair.
The ends of the hair are generally not greasy and applying the dry shampoo to the tips can make it extremely dry.
Applying it on the roots and brushing the hair out will help it absorbing the excess oil, making the hair look like it has been freshly washed.
- Using it too often
Homemade and dry commercial dry shampoos are meant to be quick fixes. So do not get too addicted to this. Frequent usage can lead to hair and scalp issues.
- Not using color compatible products
A dry shampoo should match the color of your hair. If not match, it should at least be close. Using plain arrowroot powder will work well, if you have blond hair.
Now if you have shades of brown/black hair, then use a dry shampoo that is specially formulated for dark hair.
If you are not in India, then make sure you ask for a dry shampoo that can be used on dark hair.
- Using the wrong dry shampoo
Just like any cosmetic, you have to use the right dry shampoo that suits your hair. Many make the mistake of trying out the wrong kind of dry shampoo. Then we remark how it is not for us!
If you avoid these mistakes, then you can fix greasy hair without washing it!
The wet vs. dry debate:
The dry shampoo has found a lot of fan following due to its benefits. In this day and time, where everyone seems is busy trying to make the best of the 24 hours that they have, simple things like washing the hair are often looked on as inconveniences.
Then we have moms, who feel that any time they spend on themselves could have been utilized in trying to take care of the family and household affairs.
Even dry shampoo takes time, but you can do it while you keep an eye on the kid/kids. But relying on dry shampoo can prove to be detrimental in the long run – even if you use a homemade, natural dry shampoo.
That is because, the dry shampoo only helps in getting rid of excess oil. It does not clean the scalp and hair. All the chemicals that use on your hair and the pollutants that you attract are all still there.
Excessive usage will lead to the dry shampoo clogging the pores. Not cleaning the scalp will also lead to irritation, itchiness, rashes and even scalp infections!
Dependence on dry shampoo, especially the chemical laden commercial ones, can make your hair dry and brittle. This can leave you with dry and frizzy hair that is prone to breakage.
So while it seems like a good excuse to skip washing the hair – DON’T!
Do take some time every week to oil and wash your hair the natural way so that your hair and scalp stay healthy. It will also ensure that you spend some time for yourself so that you can function better.
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Dry shampoos are good, if you use it the right way. It is a good way to refresh your tresses if you have guests dropping in at short notice. But do not look at it as an alternative to stop washing your hair.
All you have to do is pick the right kind.
You might have noticed that I have given two different dry shampoo recipes today. Once you do that, avoid the dry shampoo mistakes mentioned above and then you become a pro at using it to get rid of greasy hair when in dire need of a quick fix.
So now you know how to get rid of greasy hair using dry shampoos.
Dear mommas, how many of you use dry shampoos?
Do you have any homemade dry shampoo recipes that you want to share with us?
Is there any particular tip that you would like to share with the rest of the moms?
If you have answered yes to any of the questions above, then do share with us in the comments!