Dry Shampoo Alternative - The Surznick Common Room

Monday, March 17, 2014

Dry Shampoo Alternative

Let me start this post with a confession... up until like 1-2 years ago, I didn't know that washing my hair everyday was bad news. I have thin, straight hair that tends to get oily quickly, so washing my hair was part of my daily routine. Then I learned that daily hair washing really isn't that great and it's good to let natural oils stay in your hair for nourishment. I heard about dry shampoo, did a little research here, and decided to give it a go. Just so you all know, I am by no means an expert (or even a novice, really) on anything hair related, so today I'm just going to share my experience with dry shampoo and an alternative that I have come to know and love.

If you're not familiar with dry shampoo, it is a fine powder that is applied to your hair to help soak up oil that can make hair look dirty. For awhile I was using Suave dry shampoo that comes in a spray can. I liked this alright, but it still had some drawbacks for me. First, my hair felt kind of gross when I ran my fingers through it. It felt like there was buildup in my hair, and I did not like that. Second, I was using up a can too quickly (in my opinion) and felt like I was always in need of more.

After getting sick of buying dry shampoo all the time, I attempted using baby powder for a little while. This did not work well for me. I didn't want to smell like a baby all day, and baby powder made too much of a mess when I tried to shake it on. It was difficult to apply in places where I need it most (above my ears) and it was too easy to use waaaay too much. Even when applying it with a brush, it still seemed like it was noticeable in my hair and hard to blend in.

Then I read this post about using white rice flour as a dry shampoo alternative. I've been trying this out for a few months and I love it. I bought a 24 oz. bag and it will last me probably forever. I apply it with a brush, following the instructions in The Beauty Department post linked above. I always apply the flour after washing and blow drying my hair so that it can soak up oils as my scalp produces them. In the past I've tried using dry shampoo when my hair was already oily and it doesn't work as well.

I really like using the white rice flour because it doesn't have a smell, you get a lot for your money, and you have a lot more control over how much you apply and where you apply it (especially if you use a brush, instead of a shaker or spray). Oh yeah, it also works great! It does the job of dry shampoo and it leaves my hair looking and feeling clean for days.

There are a lot of dry shampoo alternatives out there, (i.e. baking soda, corn starch, cocoa powder, etc.) but I'm really pleased that I found one that works for me. Does anyone else have good/bad experiences with dry shampoo? Tried any alternatives? Share with me in the comments!

xo, Sarah


  1. Hmmm...I've never used dry shampoo at all. I usually wash my hair every other day, sometimes every three days, so I haven't found the need for dry shampoo, but as a hairstylist I'm always interested in different products and suggestions--and for me, I love natural and inexpensive alternatives! I'll keep this in mind!

    1. Awesome! I typically wash my hair every other day as well. I'd probably wait longer between washes if I didn't have to dress nice and look professional for work, haha.