8 Alternatives To Dry Shampoo That You Must Try

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Admit it; we have all been there. There are days when we have to deal with greasy, limp hair, and we don’t even have time to shampoo. This is when a dry shampoo can be tossed out of the washroom cabinet, and it will save your day. Good thing you have the can of dry shampoo that is one spray away from giving you puffy voluminous hair. Now for the tragic part, when you can’t find the dry shampoo and don’t have the time to rush out to the store and buy one. Thankfully, there are alternatives to dry shampoo that work equally well and give satisfying results. Go through the list to know what your hair needs to look flawless no matter where you go.

1. Baby Powder

Baby Powder
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A tiny amount of baby powder can do wonders in soaking the oil from your hair. All you need to do is, take the powder to your fingertips and run it through your scalp. Massage the hair roots and let the grease and excess oil be sacked from the hair. Make sure you brush it out to leave no trace of the white powder when you step out.

2. Translucent Powder

Translucent Powder
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If you have un-glitter powder, it can be used on the T-zone and brushed through your roots. But it is essential to brush the excess amount out, so they don’t show on your skin. Use loose powder on the hair roots and see if your hair is soaking it up well. In case your hair still feels oily, you can use some more.

3. Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder
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It might make you read it twice, but cocoa powder is a blessing to your oily hair. Blending cocoa powder on your hair roots will result in a visible reduction of greasiness, and it will also enrich your hair with significant volume. You do not have to worry about brushing it all out from your hair if you have dark hair, as it will only give you a really cool highlight. If you have medium-tone hair, you can replace it with cornstarch so your hair does not look muddy if you fail to take it all out from the hair. One plus point is that it will leave your hair smelling all chocolaty and yummy, and you don’t have to worry about the smell of hair sweat outdoors.

4. Paper Towels

Paper Towels
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If you are troubled with oily skin, and your hair gets oily an hour after shampooing, you can put blotting paper or paper towels to use. This will take away the unwanted oils and keep your hair voluminous and puffed for a longer time. This might be the perfect use for DIY projects. Even though it will not work 100% in taking your grease away, it might do the touch-up in removing the dripping oil from your scalp.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple cider vinegar is one of the favorite ingredients among skin care and hair care enthusiasts; diluting it with water will keep your hair smelling fresh while keeping the oily recede away. You can also prepare it in a spray bottle and use it just before you step out to keep the new hair look intact.

6. Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot Powder
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Arrowroot has been used as an alternative to hairspray, and it is effective in counteracting grease and oils. All you need to do is massage the powder on your scalp and let it soak the oil away. Brush it gently and remove the excess powder after doing its job. If you have a darker shade of hair, Mix the cocoa powder in it, so you don’t have to worry about the white powder showing through your hair.

7. Perfume Or Deodorant

Perfume Or Deodorant
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Now imagine you ransack your kitchen cupboard and don’t find any of these things; we still got you covered. Just reach over your perfume bottle or deo and spray it over your hair. Make sure you keep your eyes safe from it. The high amount of alcohol will break the oil molecules and keep your hair from falling flat. Don’t overuse the spray, as it might dry your hair more than you need.

8. Oatmeal Powder

Oatmeal Powder
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Oatmeal powder is also an excellent way to fight the oily scalp away. All you need to do is powder the oatmeal in your grinder and mix baking soda with 1:1. You can store the mixture in a salt cellar and use it when your hair feels too oily.

So, now that you know these cheat codes to reverse lousy hair days, nothing can keep you from looking your best always. Make sure you plan your day ahead, as using too much of these can leave residue in your hair, leading to different hair problems. Shampooing once a week with a cleansing shampoo and using these in the middle of the week is good enough to keep your scalp clean and healthy-looking. So, which of these are your favorite alternative to dry shampoo? Let us know in the comments section!

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Indrani Karmakar
Indrani KarmakarSenior Social Writer
Indrani is a writer and artist who likes to add a dash of humor to everything she does. She has two years of experience in writing articles across beauty, health, and lifestyle genres. After graduating in Political Science from Calcutta University, she took a detour into the world of creativity and discovered her knack for social writing, advertising, designing, and doodling.

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