No Dry Shampoo? Here Are 5 Common Replacements for Dry Shampoo

I can’t imagine my life without dry shampoo and I truly believe that many of my readers think so too. It’s nothing surprising to me because throughout the last few years we discovered alternative uses and huge pulses that this cosmetic has.

Dry shampoo – my must-have

I always carry dry shampoo with me, in my bag, and I take it for every single trip or journey I go on (even the shortest one) because this amazing product:

  • makes greasy hair look fresh.
  • allows you to wash the hair less often.
  • lifts hair at the roots, adding more volume to a hairdo.
  • eases styling and arranging hairdos.

For these four reasons, my cosmetic bag wouldn’t be complete without dry shampoo. Sometimes, however, it happens that I forget to stock up on dry shampoo. What then? What should you do when you run out of dry shampoo? Are there any replacements to reach for?

Dry shampoo alternatives

The good news is that dry shampoo can be replaced by a few products that we always have close at hand. Maybe not “always” but it’s highly possible that you have them at home, at least some of the items I’m going to list in a moment. There is one thing that connects the dry shampoo alternatives.

An effective dry shampoo alternative must be good at absorbing water and liquids in general. This is basically how a regular dry shampoo works – it absorbs excess sebum and in this very way makes your hair look fresher. It’s also worth realizing that the more natural ingredients a product has, the better – the scalp is pretty delicate and sensitive, thus it’s easy to irritate it.

What are the common replacements for dry shampoo?

1 – Potato starch

The most popular alternative to dry shampoo is potato starch, which is just flour obtained from potatoes. In case you don’t have potato starch at home, you can use regular flour, corn flour, buckflour or any other similar. Actually, each flour should do.

2 – Bamboo or rice powder

If you don’t want to use food products on your head, you may give a makeup product a try, and I’m talking about powder. The best results will be created if your powder is translucent and made of natural ingredients, such as bamboo or rice. In general, dry shampoo and powder work alike by absorbing moisture.

3 – Herbal powder

Hindu herbal powders make another great replacement for a regular dry shampoo. Obviously they aren’t so widely accessible like face powder or flour, but it’s good to know that in case of emergency, you can reach for powdered henna.

4 – Baby powder

If you have a baby at home, then you have another alternative to dry shampoo close at hand. I’m talking about baby powder, also known as talcum powder. It’s main task is to absorb moisture to prevent nappy rash, meaning that it will deal with excess sebum too.

5 – 100% cocoa powder

Lastly, I want to present to you the alternative to flour, powders and talc that are all connected by the fact that they are white in color. While this shouldn’t be a problem on blonde hair, brunettes may not be fully satisfied with white dust residing on their hair. If you don’t want to deal with this problem, you can try cocoa. Mind you! This must be natural cocoa, not a sweetened cocoa drink.

How to use dry shampoo alternatives?

Is application of dry shampoo alternatives difficult? Not as difficult as it may seem to be. Grab a big fluffy powder brush and collect the powder/flour with it. If you take too much product, remove the excess by dabbing it against a washbasin and apply it to the roots of your hair – focus on the parting and hairline. When you see that your hair looks better and fresher, shake the excess powder and comb the hair. That is it. You are ready to go. There is just one thing I’d like to draw your attention to. Don’t use too much product because you may end up with dull hair.

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