19 December 2012

Pin Busters! D-I-Y Hair Degreaser

"Hair Degreaser". It sounds like something you'd use for heavy-duty cleaning, LOL! But "Dry Shampoo Spray" isn't really accurate. You're degreasing your hair, so let's just tell it like it is, right?


You use this product like a dry shampoo - for those times when your hair just needs a little pick-me-up, but you don't want (or don't have time) to wash it.

I saw this on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try because I like dry shampoo a lot. I think there are a lot of pins about it, and a lot of blog posts about it - but I used the one at Hookable Designs. I did change the recipe a little, so I'll post mine here:

You'll need:
  • 1 TBSP. cornstarch
  • 4 TBSP. water
  • 1 TBSP. rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
  • a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I used geranium, lavender, & tangerine)
  • spray bottle
  • funnel (optional)


I used a funnel to add the ingredients directly to the spray bottle - why dirty a bowl? Then you just shake it up!


To use:
Spray on any area of hair that needs to be treated. Be sure to close your eyes so you don't get any of the product in them. Lift the hair to get all of the layers - not just the top. You want the hair to be damp, not wet. Comb through to distribute evenly. You can let it air dry or use a hair dryer. I prefer the hair dryer method - it's faster & it also fluffs the hair up a little.


Here are my befores & afters:


As you can see, my hair wasn't really "dirty", it was just starting to separate a little. The spray made a big difference!

After a few hours, I walked into the bathroom and noticed that the product had separated. Not the essential oil. as you might expect, but the water/alcohol and the cornstarch! How weird is that?


It disperses easily enough when shaken, but no matter how much you shake it, after a bit it will separate again.

The verdict: Pin-worthy! It really works! My only concern is the fact that it contains alcohol. But I think as long as you don't use it on a daily basis, there shouldn't be an issue. I also wonder about the separation, and that's something I'll work on.
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