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Dry shampoo for bad hair days

Late for a meeting and don't have time to wash your hair? Or it's too cold to jump into the shower? Here's a nifty way to make your own dry shampoo in a jiffy - and it's just as good as a bought spray dry shampoo. This dry shampoo is also handy if you need to spend some time in hospital, or on your back, and can't get into the shower.

 

Dry shampoo comes in handy when you're in a rush, and while I find the aerosol version very handy, it's expensive and doesn't last very long.

This homemade dry shampoo recipe is a great substitute for the aerosol versions if the strong smells bother you, too. I'm not a bit fan of walking around smelling like alcoholic fruit or candy...!

I've included a homemade dry shampoo recipe including cocoa powder for dark hair - it will make enough for tons of uses and you can fit it in a spice jar. And it gives thin, straight hair great texture - it ends up feeling thicker!

This is the recipe you'll use if you have fair hair:

  • 1/4 cup Maizena
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda or bicarbonate of soda

Combine the Maizena and baking soda in a container and shake - shake - shake. Ta-daaaa! Enough dry shampoo for tons of uses. As long as you keep it sealed up, you can store it in the bathroom for ages.

Here's the recipe if you have dark hair:

  • 1/4 cup Maizena
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda or bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Mix everything together in a small jar and you're ready to go. Special bonus with this one: smelling like chocolate.

Just be careful that you you don't add so much cocoa powder that it gets really dark - you need to keep the amount of cocoa powder less than the amount of Maizena and baking soda.

This part is easy, but you need to have a light hand when using this version of dry shampoo. Here's how I normally do it:

Shake a small amount of dry shampoo out into your hand - no more than 1/2 teaspoon and preferably only about 1/4 teaspoon.

  1. Rub your hands together to disperse the dry shampoo
  2. Pat the areas of your hair that you'd like to shampoo - I tend to focus on my bangs and the very top
  3. Tousle your hair with your fingers and rub in the dry shampoo as best you can - you'll want to get pretty rough to get it all in!
  4. Brush if you still see any spots of dry shampoo
  5. And you're done!

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