DIY Dry Shampoo! + Prodct Review

I thought it would be fun to share some of my observations with you all on some standard dry shampoos versus a very simple DIY one that I read about a few months back! First, let’s review a product.

Dove's dry shampoo.

Dove’s dry shampoo.

I’ve used various Dove products in the past with both good and bad results depending on the type. I absolutely love their moisturizing body was (especially the blue fig and orange blossom one!), so I figured I’d give this a shot. Frankly, I am disappointed, but my roommate had the greatest results with it! I’m baffled. I myself have very thick hair with a lot of oil, and when I applied this to my hair 24h after I showered, visually, it was better. It looked good enough that I could go to my job interview without having to wash it again. But as far as the texture goes, my hair felt heavier than before I applied it, it felt greasy and chalky to the touch, and the perfume! Oh dear, the perfume! With the amount I had to spray on my hair to get a satisfying result, the entire apartment was like a toxic wastefield! I had the windows open for a good half hour to get rid of it all.

On the other hand, my roommate has very thin, very straight hair that doesn’t look greasy for at least 3 days. She ended up being the one to use this product until it was completely empty. On her hair, it took very little spraying to get a good visual result and considering she kept touching her hair, I would say it probably felt nice, too. She loved the smell, and that’s probably because she had to use so little. On my hair, I get a better result from flipping my hair upside-down, spraying it with volumizing hairspray, brushing it out, then fluffing a little. And this isn’t the first dry shampoo I’ve used, oh no! Let’s look at one I used while I was in university last year!

Trèsemmé dry shampoo.

Trèsemmé dry shampoo.

*sigh* This product gives me mixed feelings. I bought it because I hated having to wake up at 6am so I could shower and make it to my morning studio class on time, and one of my profs recommended it. Visually, I like the effects of this one better than Dove’s. The texture is marginally better, too, and it took less. The smell is a little more citrus-y, so when I sprayed a lot it wasn’t quite so brutal on my nose. On the other hand, my hair felt even heavier than when I used the Dove product. And this one required a lot more shaking, otherwise I would only get slightly damp air from the nozzle. I had to shake it after every two spritzes. I wouldn’t buy it again, and the same with Dove’s dry shampoo, uh uh. I’d recommend it if you have thin hair, or very short hair, because when my hair is very short, both of these work great.

Now for my super easy DIY dry shampoo!

I stumbled across this solution on Pinterest and I was skeptical. If it was really this easy, why are we all wasting our money on dry shampoos like this? This dry shampoo is as simple as straight baking soda, and I kid you not. If you have corn starch, mixing equal parts of these works even better, but I didn’t have any so I tried just baking soda.

Sprinkle either the mixture or the straight baking soda into one palm, rub it on both your hands, then rub your hands through your hair. Repeat this until you have gotten some on all of your hair, give it a little shake, comb/brush it out and see how you like it. Depending on how greasy your hair was when you started, you might have to give it a second go. I usually do two or three run-throughs of the baking soda just so I’m thorough. When I’m done, my hair is light, it feels considerably better than when I use dry shampoo, and it looks fresh. Any smell that might have been on my hair before is completely gone. When I’m satisfied with the look, I spray a little bit of a light hairspray (I’m a fan of Garnier Bamboo hairspray for this), and I’m good to go! Plus, that way my hair has a nice light scent to it.

Now, just so you know, if you scratch your head you will end up with baking soda under your nails. When you brush out your hair, just take a quick peek all over that there’s not a spot that you missed that still has baking soda on it. Fluffing it with your fingers is usually enough to get rid of it.


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