Sep 24 2010
Before I start, let me add a brief disclaimer: I am fully ready to admit that I might have done something wrong here. I mean, the instructions were pretty clear-cut, and I don’t see how I could have bungled them, but I know that is a possibility. I can only write about my experience, which sucked. OK. Disclaimer OUT.
I was cruising around the internet today before I got in the shower. I am not a quick starter in the morning. I like to meander. So, I’m clicking around, and I happen on this article about making your own dry shampoo from stuff around the house, for those days when you can’t or don’t want to wash your hair. The article I read billed dry shampooing as a quick alternative to a shower when you just don’t have the time to wash/dry/style your head in the morning. PLUS: it’s totally green, you guys! You are cleaning yourself with corn products, which are natural and not full of unpronounceable chemicals. It must be better!
Basically, the article boiled down to: sprinkle some stuff in your hair and brush it out. The “stuff” they recommended was corn meal, or corn starch, or ground oats. Or a mix! I did have both corn meal and corn starch on hand, so I decided to do a 50/50 mix of these items and see what happened. The article promised that this would be easy, albeit a little messy, and would leave me with soft, shiny hair.
So, I mixed up 1 tbsp. of corn starch and 1 tbsp. of corn meal (2 tbsp. being the recommended “dosage” for normal length hair) and headed to the bathroom. I took the precaution of moving the rugs to one side, and started sprinkling corn products into my hair. It was unpleasant. I got corn meal in my eyes. I got corn stuff on the floor, in the sink, and on my pajamas. A lot of it DID end up in my hair, so I dutifully (as instructed) massaged my scalp, then brushed my hair to spread the mix through. That really gave my hair the coveted “just escaped from a building demolition” ashy look. I let my hair alone for two minutes (as instructed) to let the corn mix really grab onto the grease in my hair. Then, I turned my head upside down over the sink and started brushing root-to-tip to remove the mix from my hair.
And I brushed. And I brushed. And I brushed. I flipped my head around and brushed from another angle. I flipped it around the other way. I brushed more. I flipped my hair back upright and realized that instead of the ash-drenched look, I now just looked like I had really bad dandruff. I could see tiny corn starch particles still clinging to every follicle of hair.
I brushed some more. And some more. And even more. I looked in the mirror again: still gross. Not only that, but the whole sink and floor was littered with corn residue. My brush was also clogged with corn starch/meal. THIS is supposed to save me time in the morning? Between the 1000 brush strokes apparently needed to get the gunk out of my hair, and the clean up time that will be required to get the stuff off the floor and out of the sink, not to mention off my brush, wouldn’t I have been better off just washing my hair and sticking it into a ponytail?
In the end, that’s what I did. I got in the shower, squirted some chemical death on my head, massaged it around, rinsed it out, and was done. Ten minutes in the shower meant clean hair, clean body, and no extra clean up. Ten minutes with dry shampoo doesn’t even come close. If you’re really that pressed for time, just don’t wash your hair. Most people can get by with only washing their hair every other day.