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.

Home Remedy Review – Lemon Baking Soda Mask!

This is my first Home Remedy Review, and it is probably my favourite thing in the world right now. I found this idea on Pinterest a week ago and gave it a shot a few days later. The concept is simple; the lemon juice dries out the pimples and the acid in it bleaches out redness, as well as destroys blackheads. The baking soda keeps it on your face, and when you scrub it with warm water it turns into a gentle exfoliant. Not to mention this mixture costs a fraction of acne washes!

Lemon & baking soda mask.

Lemon & baking soda mask.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp lemon juice (bottle or from a fresh lemon

* Note that these measurements are what I use. You can use whatever ratio works best for you! I personally like mine to be very thick, but if you want it to be more like a paste or cream, add more lemon juice until you’re content!

So, grab a small bowl and dump in two level tablespoons of baking soda. Pour out one teaspoon of lemon juice and dump it into the bowl, too. It’s going to fizz a lot and turn a pale yellow colour; that’s good! Mix it together with a spoon (or something) until you get a nice, yellow-y paste. It might not look like much, but these measurements produce enough to cover your entire face and neck. Next, if you’re not already there, take your mixture into the washroom and rub it generously over your face, making sure to get right in beside your nose and below your bottom lip (blackhead-prone spots!). It might sting/tingle/burn a little, that’s just fine too. I myself have very sensitive skin, and I can use this mixture for a half hour at a time without harming my skin or causing redness.

If the mixture is running off your face, mix in pinch by pinch more baking soda until it stays on without a problem. If it is too thick, add a smidgen more lemon. Leave the mixture on anywhere from 5-30 minutes. I leave it on for 30 for MAXIMUM STRENGTH! (hehe!), but if you’re worried about the stinging/burning/tingling, go ahead an wash it off. When you’re ready to, get your hands wet with warm water and scrub the baking soda mixture over your face (the exfoliant), then rinse it all off. Right away you should see better looking blackheads, clearer, brighter skin; and maybe even reduction in size of some pimples! Even if your skin is clear and you decide to use this, your skin should look brighter.

I’ve used this mixture twice now, and my blackhead problem skin is looking so much better. My cysts and large pimples get smaller with every use, and the redness starts to go away immediately! If you want to go all out, use lemon juice as a toner morning and night! It will really help with pore-size reduction, getting rid of blackheads and pimples and keeping your complexion bright and clear c: Just pour a little on a cotton ball or cotton pad and rub it over your skin.

A few people have been asking how often to use this and I figure it’s really personal preference. I use it once a week, and I wouldn’t recommend using it more than twice in one week since it might dry out your skin. When that happens, your acne can actually get worse, your skin can crack and flake, you can develop wrinkles and so on.

I hope this mixture works for you, too! I’d love to hear how it’s working for you if you do decide to use it. On a side note, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to the mixture as well (it’s a natural disinfectant!) I don’t have any right now, so I’m not using it in my mixture.

Best of luck!