Greasy Hair: Dry Shampoo Alternative, Shampooing

The usual advice you’ll get is not to shampoo your hair, or at least limit it. It’s not bad advice and in theory it does make sense…but what do you do when it’s not really an option? If your hair already looks like you haven’t washed it the last thing you want to do is leave it alone for a few days.ย 

My favorite dry shampoo alternative is baby powder. Why an alternative in the first place? If you’re like me you have sensitive skin and all that fragrance and extra stuff added in the dry shampoo can bother you. The other thing that I like is that it’s not expensive. If the smell of baby powder isn’t your thing try plain cornstarch. That’s as simple and cheap as it gets. Cornstarch is the base of baby powder, the only difference is there’s no smell or aloe. The best way I’ve found to apply it is to use a brush and with small strokes work it through your hair. Most likely you’re starting from the scalp, so work down with little motions to distribute it evenly.

*Important with any dry shampoo or alternative- If you don’t need it don’t use it. In other words it’s not necessary to cover you’re whole head if only the area around your face and ears are greasy.

As for shampooing, the less ingredients the better. Something simple and gentle works the best. It doesn’t have to be organic, even a plain Neutrogena or Dove shampoo will do the trick. Don’t be afraid if there are oils infused in the shampoo. It won’t cause your hair to become oily. Use just as much shampoo as you need, don’t go overboard. Focus on the scalp and let the rest of the shampoo trickle down to the rest of your hair.

Conditioner? Yes, just not at the roots.

Not only will these help tackle the grease and oil that’s your hair now, but it will also prevent it to become just as greasy later on. Within the first few days you should see an improvement combining these two methods. Going back to what was mentioned earlier, this will allow you to stretch the time in between washing your hair, if you choose to skip a few days. It’s enough to carry you over and keep you looking fresh while curbing the oil.