I’ve always loved the idea of dry shampoo, but I’ve never been able to use it, due to me being an overly sensitive redhead, to its usual strong smells and harsh chemicals. I’ve also noticed that there are loads of different dry shampoos out there for blondes and brunettes, but not as much for us gorgeous redheads. What’s up with that?!
I searched the web for some kind of natural dry shampoo for red hair, and all I came across was people recommending cornstarch or arrow root powder for blondes and cacao powder for brunettes. And, once again, gingers were left out, and I will never be willing to fade my hair color with cornstarch, thank you very much!
So, in the name of science and beauty, I did a little experimenting of my own, along with some tips from various sites online.
Cinnamon and cornstarch
After searching high and low, experimenting here and there, this is the best solution I came up with: cornstarch mixed with a little bit of cinnamon. As a bonus, it makes my red hair smell like cookies!
The finished product
The best part of this DIY dry shampoo for redheads is that it is customisable to any specific ginger hair shade. Personally, my red hair is more on the golden side of the ginger spectrum, so I use just a little bit of cinnamon, while someone with gorgeous auburn hair might want to increase the amount of cinnamon in the mixture. Just mix the two ingredients together until you’ve reached your perfect shade.
Here’s the before and after: my slightly greasy hair before, and my much more presentable red hair just seconds after using the DIY dry shampoo. Top tip: the effects are even more noticeable if you let it sit for a few minutes to really absorb, before rubbing into your hair.
And for those of you who have hit the (hair dye) bottle, or for the natural ones with a more vibrant ginger shade, I’ve got you covered! A few years back, when I was dyeing my hair super red, I found something called MICA-powder in various shades, which is used in natural make-up and is non-toxic. The one I tried was somewhat sparkly, but when mixed with either cornstarch or arrow root powder, it melts in just fine.