You guys!! (That’s how people from the NW say y’all…just going back to my roots on this one). Dry shampoo is awesome. Awesome. But let me back up a bit before I tell you all about my dry shampoo experience.
I did 2 more days of just rinsing with water (torture!) and then I did another wash with baking soda/apple cider vinegar. And this time I noticed…something. My roots felt less greasy, and overall my hair felt lighter. After I washed it, I let it air dry and combed it with my fingers. It still had a greasy feel to it, but not nearly as much. Most of my roots felt almost “normal”- it was just the crown of my head and the underside of my hair that still felt greasy. It still didn’t look good enough for me to wear it down, but I felt a little encouraged.
I was telling a friend about all of this, and she got excited and wanted to try this experiment out as well. I mentioned one way to combat the grease in between “washings” was dry shampoo but told her I couldn’t vouch for it because I hadn’t tried it out yet. I figured it was about time to take my own advice and try out a dry shampoo recipe. So I put in a reminder in my phone (that’s the only way I remember to do anything anymore- post it notes and phone reminders) and mixed some up for the next morning. This is the recipe I used:
2tblspns cocoa powder (because I have dark-ish hair and cornstarch only leaves hair with a grey tint- I already have enough greys, no need to add more!)
Dump into a plastic baggy and shake to mix. Apply to scalp using a large makeup brush.
Now, as far as how long to leave this mixture on your scalp- a few minutes max? I got interrupted during this process by B needing my attention, so I got as far as the dusting it on my scalp. About 15min later I was able to come back and brush it through/out of my hair. You don’t need to leave it on that long. After I brushed it through, I straightened my hair like normal. And then realized I smelled like a brownie. Seriously. Hey- I did have several of the ingredients required for brownies in my hair- cocoa powder, oil, heat- just add some eggs and flour! So that was a little weird. Thank goodness the smell wasn’t overpowering…although I kind of wanted to eat something chocolate-y all day!
But, you guys- my hair looked good. Not as good as when I shampoo’d it, but good enough to leave out of a pony tail. The dry shampoo really helped cut the grease. My hair felt different (I’m pretty sure it’s always going to feel differently than it did when I was shampoo’ing it every day)- kind of chalky feeling like cornstarch tends to feel- but it looked decent!! Success!!
Now, this mixture did make my hair slightly off in color. Not grey, but a little lighter than it normally is. And it also dulled the shine. But it cut the grease, so I give it two thumbs up.
Just for comparisons sake, here’s a photo of my hair prior to no ‘poo (and a gratuitous shot of my super cute kid):
|Not that great of a shot (of me) but you can see my hair is brown (though not this dark, there’s a filter applied to this photo), and there’s some frizz, but it’s still got shine to it|
And some recent shots with dry shampoo, about a week and a half in to no ‘poo:
|From the front- a little dull. Note: it is hard to take a self photo without looking creepy. I apologize.|
|From the top- a little dull, but definitely not greasy looking.|
I’m feeling more hopeful now than I was in my last post, now that I have dry shampoo as a tool to combat the grease. Let the experiment continue!!