The Dry Shampoo Effect : A Hair Lesson & How-To
Let's talk hair. We all have our routines. Between what's practical, affordable, healthy and what gives us the best results.. we try to do what we can each day, and hope the hair gods grant us good fortune.
So what can you REALLY do with your hair to get one step closer to Beyonce or Jennifer Anniston?
It starts with scalp health....and basic biology.
Washing Your Hair: Less Really Is More.
Not only is washing your hair on the daily a time-consuming process that many of us go-getters (and new moms!) don't have the time for - it's also completely unnecessary, as the chemicals in common shampoos can strip your hair of sebum (beneficial oil produced by glands on our scalp) and cause your hair to produce MORE oil.
We Americans have been trained to wash our hair on the daily. As with so many things in life, money talks. Advertising agencies and profitable companies like Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson have the money, and they're talking the loudest. Telling us we NEED to use their products every day.
But do we, really?
According to this article from NPR: "If you wash your hair every day, you're removing the sebum," explains Michelle Hanjani, a dermatologist at Columbia University. "Then the oil glands compensate by producing more oil," she says.
So, do you want your hair to be less oily? In order to control the amount of sebum your scalp produces, simply scale back on washing your hair and turn those days into dry shampoo days.
But it's all about what works for you.
Me, personally - I have a baby, a part-time job, and a small business to run. I don't have time to wash my hair every day. And even when I did, I didn't. Because my hair looks fantastic on day two (and still okay on day three). So I have pretty much always left 2-3 days in between shampoos.
So what do I do on days two and three (and beyond..) to keep my hair looking good?? Use this natural dry shampoo instead of a full wash to refresh my hair.
I also use it sometimes on day one, just for volume! (see tutorial below)
Ingredients: Arrowroot Powder, Organic Chamomile Flower Powder, Cornstarch, Bentonite Clay, Rose Kaolin Clay (Red color only), Organic Carob Powder (Brown color only), Lavender Essential Oil.
This mixture will eliminate oil buildup at the roots, as well as add volume, texture, and lift. It's the perfect product for those in-between shampoo days!
How to Use Dry Shampoo:
• Step 1: Use fingertips to tousle hair at roots
• Step 2: Sprinkle Dry Shampoo on roots
• Step 3: Use fingertips to evenly distribute dry shampoo
• Step 4: With a comb or teasing brush, tease hair - starting about 1" from roots.
• Step 5: Comb over top of hair with teasing brush or regular brush - or both.
Here's a tutorial! Sorry I'm so awkward!!
**NOTE: If volume is of no concern to you, you can leave out the teasing brush and just comb through your hair with a regular brush or comb after distributing the dry shampoo.
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