Saturday, November 17, 2012

Running Late, Looking Fabulous, AND On A Dime

    These three things aren't exactly something you put together. You either get two of the three or just one of them. So how does all this come into play? Every one of us gorgeous beings with hair on top of our heads have woken up late and thought, "Oh crap... my hair is greasy. I'll just put it up." Problem. It still looks like you rolled around in fried food. I have the solution (and no... it doesn't involve expensive hair products. I will NEVER purchase these canned dry shampoos again!)


    What is the magic device of witch craft that makes you look like a goddess with the hair of an angel in less than 5 minutes?! Dry shampoo. Hold the phone right? You gotta buy that stuff right? Think again. You can MAKE your own dry shampoo that is the exact scent to your favorite perfume/body spray/lovely smell.

How do you make this magicalness?

3 simple ingredients : water, rubbing alcohol, and cornstarch. (with the option of something that smells divine)

1 Tbl corn starch
1 Tbl rubbing alcohol
4 Tbl water

    Combine all your ingredients into a whatever mixing vessel you have in mind and KABLAM! your unscented dry shampoo is done. Why does this work? The cornstarch absorbs the oils in your hair and the alcohol helps to dry the oils (along with the water you added to dilute the solution that makes it last longer).

   ( For those of you who are new to the dry shampoo, it is meant to be sprayed at the root where your hair is greasy. No need to coat your hair in this stuff to create a potentially caking effect. Just enough to spritz your roots and make that funk be gone. )

    Here is the downside. It smells TERRIBLE. It reminded me of the sterile environment of a hospital and there isn't anything less sexy than that funky hospital smell. How do we rectify this stinky situation? The solution is so easy you may just tinkle with the sheer excitement of the endless choices you now have in play.

     In steps your choice of body spray. The best part of this, body sprays are conveniently in a pump spray bottle which is perfect for applying the solution. Make sure this bottle is either clean and empty to allow for a new scent to be introduced with out mixing scents, or that there is a tablespoon or less of your desired scent in the bottle. Why does this work? It is alcohol based and mixes perfectly with your hair beautifying solution. You will have to shake up the mixture each time you use it since it settles, but big deal right?

    The best bottle to use (I have found) are the travel size sprays found at Bath and Body Works. Not to mention the fact that some of these smell absolutely incredible.

    Don't fret if your measurements are off a bit, this isn't an exact science. Just make sure your mix is VERY runny so you don't clog the pump and make sure you don't have a mix that is dominated by one ingredient. Easy right? Now go forth my lovelies, make the world beautiful in no time at all. 

7 comments:

  1. Does the alcohol body spray take the place of the rubbing alcohol?

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    1. It absolutely can! However, just take into consideration that you are generally putting more than a spritz or two on your hair when you are using the dry shampoo. This means you are applying more than a few pumps of that body spray. This MIGHT be too strong for some people, so cutting it with regular rubbing alcohol reduces the scent allowing you to go spray crazy with out the heavy scent of the perfume. BUT if you are super in love with the scent, go for it!

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  2. Would like to read your site, but the backgound makes it very difficult.

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  3. I have dark hair...will the cornstarch dry white on my hair and look like I just dumped baby powder on my head?

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    1. It sounds a little crazy, but what helps with dark hair in this magical blend is in fact using an equal amount of cinnamon as the corn starch and enough alcohol to make the mixture "sprayable". Now this will alter the smell with the additive of the cinnamon, but if you are ok with the mixed smell then mix and spray!

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  4. So, if I was to make this with the fragrance, would I put the corn starch in the fragrance bottle with the perfume already inside? Would I use all the fragrance in the bottle? And would I still add the alcohol?

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    1. You can put it in the bottle as long as it has a spray top. The corn starch shouldn't clog at all, but if it does for any reason, a good rinse of the tube and spray head should resolve that. Depending on how many spritzes you plan on putting in your hair plays into the amount of alcohol you use. If you are looking for a strong fragrance with lots of spritzing or just a few sprays and a less intense smell, go for it! Use all the body spray you want and little (or no) alcohol. BUUUUT if you plan on spraying a bunch with a not so powerful smell, or just don't especially want something too strong... go with less fragrance and more alcohol. Hope this helps!

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