DRY SHAMPOO, WHY EVEN BOTHER?
Not so long ago, I posted a post of how to make your own ecological dry shampoo. If you haven't seen that post yet, you can find it here . You might ask why putting the effort in when you can just buy it in a shop. The reasons for making your own dry shampoo are many. To mention just a few, you decide the amount to make so you will never be dependent on whether you can take it places or not, such as on flights where you have a limit of 100ml on carry on. It causes less output in terms of waste when making your own dry shampoo. Lastly, you are not spraying and adding chemicals on yourself and this reduces the risk of allergic reactions to occur.
The logic behind using dry shampoo is very simple if you ask me. It saves a day from having to wash your hair so you can run places and get stuff done rather than spending the morning rinsing your hair. Dry shampoo keeps your hair fresh for the day and gone are the days when hiding under a cap. Ever since I introduced this product to my life years back I have sworn by it as I saved so much when not washing my hair daily. However, it is not to be forgotten that each hair type is different. My hair is very much of a trouble maker itself. It's flat and has a total of 0% volume. It attracts oils and gets messy and dirty in a split second or more or less a day. As if this was not enough already, my scalp is sensitive as well. It is very dry which you can imagine fits well into the winter chills. Not really!
Finding a solution to hair such as mine has not been easy but I found a way to deal with it. As trying out an ecological homemade dry shampoo and comparing it to the store ones, I cannot but have made up a preference that works so so well with my hair type. The following has been my findings and results.
SHOP VS. HOMEMADE DRY SHAMPOO
Shop bought dry shampoo:
Cleanness- When using a shop dry shampoo (this statement is based on several shop dry shampoos and not only on one specific one) my hair will look clean for a day tops two. After that, the shampoo in it will start to itch and my scalp starts to hurt so I have to wash it off. As said my scalp itself is funny and sensitive.
Volume- I have been very pleased with the volume I receive from shop dry shampoos. At times I even add it for the sake of having a bit volume in my pancake flat hair, even if I washed it the evening before.
Feel- When adding dry shampoo to your hair, it is advisable to massage it in with your fingers after application. I have seen significant differences between doing it or not. After massaging in the dry shampoo from a shop my fingers feel dirty and I have to wash them with soap. My hair, on the other hand, has a tight feeling at first but then it eases away in just a few seconds. My hair also gets more electrical and I have to finish off the look with some hairspray or gel after applying dry shampoo, in order for it to stay put in place.
Ecological dry shampoo:
Cleanness- As the homemade ecological version of dry shampoo is not put into a spraying flask I apply it with a brush and brush it through several sections of my hair. If my hair is only a day old since last washed I tend to brush it through 3 sections. If it's any older than so, I brush it through 6 sections of my hair. This way it lasts up till two days or even three.
Volume- The ecological version of dry shampoo does not give me as much of volume as the shop one does. However, I would be lying if I said it didn't give any volume because that it does and I still apply it in order to add volume to my hair.
Feel- The ecological dry shampoo doesn't feel so utterly sticky after massaging it into the scalp. I don't feel any tightening and my hair doesn't have this funny feeling of being all over the room and electrical. It simply feels like it normally does even though I added some dry shampoo to it.
In conclusion, I would say I prefer the homemade option of dry shampoo. Not only because it's a more environmentally friendly choice but also because it has no chemicals in it and doesn't dry out my scalp, even more, it serves the same purpose as the shop one and the results are more or less the same. But my absolute favorite thing about it is that I can make it in a decided quantity and bring with me as I go on a trip, and lastly it doesn't make my hair feel sticky as does the shop ones.
... The difference between bought and homemade dry shampoo are minimal and both serve the purpose of refreshing your hair equally.
... Saving on the environment in terms of waste production is easier by making your own dry shampoo.
... Homemade dry shampoo can improve on scalp condition as you are not exposed to any chemicals when using it.