Last week, I found myself making impromptu dinner plans on a Wednesday evening. As I looked in the mirror and re-applied my lipstick (and concealer), I realized my third-day hair was going to be a bit of a problem. While my strands didn’t look oily, my crown did. More than the oil, they looked flat. I didn’t even have to check my office emergency drawer, I knew I didn’t have any dry shampoo. The last time I used dry shampoo incessantly, it had furthered my hair fall. So I stay away from it unless it’s an emergency.
Then I did something I haven’t done before.
I took a pump of hand sanitizer on my fingertips (not my palm) and tapped it on my roots. I gently massaged it into my parting, making sure every nook was covered. I flipped my hair upside down and saw there was a definite change. My scalp looked less oily and greasy. The alcohol in sanitizing skincare products like hand sanitizer or sanitizing wipes helped counter the build-up, lifting my hair a bit too.
If you don’t have a liquid sanitizer handy, then you can also use wet-wipes. Swipe them on your hair (remember just the roots) and wait for the magic to happen.
Now don’t go doing this every day. Alcohol, in general, is not good for your hair so use this hack sparingly.
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Not just great to smell, baby powder is great to get fresh looking hair. A bit messier than using hand sanitizer, put some baby powder on your scalp, making sure it hits your parting. Use your fingers to rub it in and then use a brush on your hair. Just like the dry shampoo, it’s best to keep brushing your hair till it’s off your scalp.
Just like sanitizer, perfumes have alcohol in them too. If you’ve been out the whole day and the temp is above 40 degrees, spritz a citrus fragrance on your hair. Not only will your hair look less oily but smell great too!
If you’re home you can make your own dry shampoo. Simply mix cornstarch powder along with cocoa powder and massage it along the roots of your hair.
Will you ever try these? Let us know in the comments below.
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