You have probably heard that washing your hair every day is actually not good for your hair, but not washing it daily leaves you with very greasy hair, especially after a few days.
So, what’s a lady gotta do?
You can get the benefits from not washing your hair daily but keep your hair looking clean by using a homemade organic dry shampoo! This is one of the homemade products I use on a daily basis and one I tell everyone about because it’s so amazing.
Most dry shampoos contain chemicals that are not good for your hair nor your health, so why spend money on something that is toxic when you can make it at home, for a lot less and with safer ingredients?
Before I share these 3 DIY dry shampoo recipes with you, let me tell you why you shouldn’t wash your hair every day:
Washing your hair every strips your hair of its natural oils
If you wash it too much, your hair will become drier and will be more prone to breakage.
You can even help those splits ends and breakage by letting the natural oils build up for a few days and then using a boar bristle soft brush to distribute the oils in your hair.
Once you get the brush, make sure you brush your hair every night, from scalp to the ends. This will bring down your natural hair oils to your split ends. The oils will coat all of your hair giving it nourishment – you will have healthier and stronger hair!
Washing your hair every day causes a lot of split ends
The oils start producing on your scalp and if you wash your hair frequently, they won’t have enough time to reach your ends.
Also, if you blow dry your hair after every wash, you will be exposing your hair more often to high temperatures; this will cause you to have more split ends and dry hair.
Washing your hair every day ruins your curls and fades your color faster
If you have curly hair, you shouldn’t wash your hair more than once a week; same goes if you dye your hair.
A great way to prevent your dye from fading is by washing your hair as little as possible.
But won’t my hair be greasy all the time?
Actually no! Over washing your hair causes your scalp to become drier, and therefore it ends up producing more oil to compensate.
Once you start washing your hair less frequently, your hair won’t get so greasy anymore so you will be able to go days without washing your hair.
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How frequently should you wash your hair?
It depends on your hair, but the most common recommendation is that you should wash your hair once to twice a week, and even less if you have curls.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t use dry shampoo on those days that you don’t wash your hair. Dry shampoo is great for keeping your hair looking nice and clean.
I personally use it daily on my bangs, and every other day on my entire scalp. I can easily go one week without washing my hair.
Another tip: if you want to extend the time between each hair wash, put your hair in a pony tail a day or two before you want to wash it. It’s hard to tell if hair has been washed when it’s in a pony tail.
3 Homemade Dry Shampoo Recipes
I’m not sure if this is even considered a “recipe” since all you’re doing is mixing a few ingredients and in some cases, just using one ingredient.
These recipes are powder based so the best way to use them is by sprinkling your hairbrush with the mixture and then brushing your hair.
Sprinkle your hairbrush and brush your hair as many times as necessarily until the greasy look is gone. You don’t need a lot of the powder mixture, so start by sprinkling very little. If your hair looks white or you can see the powder, it means you used too much.
To fix that, just keep on brushing until most of the powder falls out.
Alternatively, you can use a make up brush like this one to apply the powder.
Arrowroot Powder + Cacao Powder Dry Shampoo:
- 3 tablespoons of organic arrowroot powder
- 1 teaspoon of organic cacao powder (if you have darker hair, use 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder or adjust until you reach a color to match your hair tone)
- Essential Oils: you can add 4 drops of your favorite essential oil if you want it to smell nice. I personally don’t add any smell to it.
Mix the ingredients very well and it’s ready to use!
Cornstarch Powder Dry Shampoo:
The powder will absorb the extra oils from your scalp. So, just sprinkle the cornstarch powder on your brush and brush your hair with it until it doesn’t look greasy.
Bentonite Clay Dry Shampoo:
This is what I have been using for over a year and currently my favorite dry shampoo.
I buy the bentonite clay that comes in this baby powder container so it’s easier to sprinkle on my brush and it’s small enough to carry in my purse.
This is not your regular baby powder – it’s actually just @redmondclay Bentonite Clay. ⠀ Bentonite Clay is so amazing but you won’t believe what I use it for. ⠀ I don’t wash my hair daily because it’s not good for your hair but also because I’m a mom and don’t have time. Haha! My hair gets greasy but I can take away the greasy look by using bentonite clay. ⠀ Sprinkle a little bit of the clay on your hair brush and then brush your hair with it. That’s it! Your hair will look nice and clean without you having to wash it. It’s like a natural “dry shampoo”. ⠀ What’s your favorite way to use Bentonite Clay?
You can wash your hair once or twice a week (or even less if you want to) and maintain your hair looking nice and clean by using one of these recipes between each wash. All of these recipes are safe to use on your hair on a daily basis but should only be used when your hair is looking oily/greasy since their sole purpose is to remove excess oils.
I know all this sounds too simple or too good to be true but it works like a charm! Give it a try and you’ll be hooked. Not only will you save lots of money; but you’re using safe and edible ingredients.
If you try this dry shampoo and love it as much as I do, let me know in the comments!