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This works well for cleaning your hair when you can't get wet. Mix 1/2 cup cornmeal and 1 tablespoon salt and put it in a shaker. Sprinkle some of it onto your hair and brush it out. As you brush it, it will remove oil and dirt from your hair.
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1 tablespoon cornstarch or finely ground oatmeal
This is an effective dry shampoo for when you can't use water. It comes in handy on camping trips. Just apply the cornmeal or oatmeal to your hair and scalp and then brush it out. Depending on how long your hair is it could take 5 to 10 minutes to brush it all out but it will remove a lot of dirt and oil from your hair.
Before companies created the dry shampoo to use when you don't have time to wash your hair, I used baby powder. Just sprinkle sparingly on your head and massage into your scalp. Don't use too much though or you're hair will look gray. This is cheaper than buying dry shampoo, although they work well also.
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
When you don't have time to wash your hair this homemade dry shampoo is just what you need. This is a guide about make dry shampoo with baking soda and baby powder.
This is a guide about using dry shampoo. There are times when you can't get your head wet, but it really needs to be cleaned.
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Does anyone know how I can make a simple dry shampoo? My hair is very oily and shampooing regularly is a chore and hard on my hair, I think. Thanks.
If your hair color is blonde to medium brown, then try baby powder. I have dark hair with blonde highlights. When I don't have time to wash my hair, I lightly shake baby powder on the top of my head along where my hair part is. Then I rake my hands/fingers back and forth vigorously where the powder is to blend it in. The powder absorbs into my hair and removes the greasiness. You can barely tell there's powder in your hair, and it almost looks as if I just got a touch-up of highlights at the salon! If you think it's too noticeable, then tease your hair a bit along the part and it will hide any powder residue. Libby
I, too, have used baby powder. It works fine as long as you don't use too much.
For the sick or someone who can't wash their own hair, at Walgreens they have a product called "Shampoo in a Cap". It comes in a shower cap, you put it on your hair and massage it in. It feels really good if someone can do it for you.
You could also try cornstarch.
I've also heard cornstarch will work. My hair is so oily, I've always been afraid I would wind up with gravy!
If you can possibly find sandalwood powder anywhere, try a bit of that. It removes blackheads out of the skin, too, as a paste. And it smells great.
There is a new product by Bumble and Bumble that is hair powder that comes in several colors. I am blonde and use baby powder but my sister has dark hair and loves the dark brown powder by Bumble.
I have dark oily hair. How or what do i use to make it not get oily fast. Thanks
arrowroot starch is the best thing i have found so far. it doesnt leave you looking like you have dandruff like corn starch and baby powder do. my hair is nearly black and it still looks black when i get done using it. it absorbs completely and leaves your hair with a nice soft texture.
Honestly, if your hair is very oily, the best thing you can do, is shampoo less. No, I'm not kidding. Shampoo strips your hair of all of it's natural oils, and in response, your scalp over produces more. I only wash my hair once a week, if not once every week and a half. And I don't get greasy hair. I have a friend whose hair was always greasy, and she stopped washing her hair daily, and it got much better. I promise, I'm not pulling your leg. If you can get past the initial extra greasiness for a few days, it gets better, and you can gradually add time between shampooing. Good Luck!
Personally I use half cornstarch and half baking soda. Baking soda absorbs odors, and cornstarch helps soaking up the oil.
I need to know the ratio of baby powder and cornstarch so I can mix my own. Thank you.
I use only cornstarch. I find that it works best for my hair type.
Which hair type is best for cornstarch only? Thanks.