One of the questions a Hair Stylist asks their client is “How often do you wash your hair?” All too often the answer is “Everyday...I have to! Otherwise it looks greasy”. So here’s the thing, when you shampoo your hair, you are stripping it of its natural oils. This triggers your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, causing your hair gets oily faster/daily. Naturally the answer for most, would be to stop washing your hair so frequently and let the oil glands readjust, but seriously who wants to walk around with grease-head?
I’ve had medium to long hair most of my life (until recently, I chopped it;) and I was most definitely was an Everyday Shampoo’er. Blow drying would take 100 hours every day (exaggeration, obviously) then I discovered dry shampoo. It’s been around forever, I remember my grandmother used it when I was a kid, but the world of Hair Products has come a long way since then. I’ve tried many dry shampoos, but my fave is Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo ($16 at Elevations Hair Design). It doesn’t have a clay-like texture or funky odor, it absorbs oil, and actually gives volume for days! Yes, DAYS! Since using Dry Shampoo I only wash my hair twice, maybe three times a week. It saves time and more importantly, it saves my color!
You can also take the cheap and cheerful, DIY At Home approach and make you own dry shampoo using Baking Soda and Cocoa Powder (as recommended by my fellow Stylist, Maria). In a small container mix up some baking soda and a small amount of cocoa powder, use an old blush brush to apply to the root area. Be careful to apply it sparingly to avoid a powdery buildup; remove excess powder from the brush by tapping it on the lip of the container before applying. If the powder looks a little too warm or orangey on the root, add more baking soda to the mix or use dark cocoa powder instead. Typically dark cocoa powder is best for medium/dark colored hair, and regular cocoa powder for light/medium colored hair. Brush your hair to distribute the powder down the hair shaft.
It’s almost too easy;)